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Japan OKs Divisive Plan to Send Naval Troops to Mideast

TOKYO — Japan on Friday approved a contentious plan to send its naval troops to the Middle East to ensure the safety of Japanese ships transporting oil to the energy-poor country that heavily depends on imports from the region. The Cabinet's decision re...
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Hopes Rise That Lifting Tariffs Could Allow US-China Accord

BEIJING — Prospects appear to have brightened for a preliminary breakthrough in the U.S.-China trade war after the two sides agreed to reduce some punitive tariffs on each other's goods as part of an initial agreement. A Chinese spokesman announced the deve...
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Thanks to Consumers, US Economy Is Rising Steadily if Slowly

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economic landscape would look even bleaker if not for America's consumers. The economy slowed in the spring, and many analysts think the weakness will continue in the months ahead. Yet consumer spending, which drives about 70% of growt...
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Trump Hitting Mexico with 5% Tariff in Response to Migrants

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he is slapping a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border. The tariff is effective June 10. The presi...