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Trump travel ban comes into effect for six countries

People from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees now face tougher US entry due to President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. It means people without “close” family or business relationships in the US could be denied visas and barred entry. Lawyers took up positions at US airports, offering free advice. But there was no sign of the… Read More »

Qatar row: Saudi and Egypt among countries to cut Doha links

A number of Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. They say Qatar backs militant groups including so-called Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, which Qatar denies. The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact with the… Read More »

LafargeHolcim to withdraw from several countries: chairman

LafargeHolcim is considering withdrawing from several markets as part of its efforts to make last year’s mega-merger a success, Chairman Beat Hess told weekly Sonntagszeitung. “We will be present in less countries for sure,” Hess was quoted as saying. The sale of operations in several countries was an option, he said. The world’s largest cement group, created by… Read More »

U.S. locks in hot-rolled steel dumping duties on seven countries

The U.S. Commerce Department on Friday set final anti-dumping duties on hot-rolled flat steel from Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Britain, Brazil, the Netherlands and Australia on Friday, locking in import taxes of 3.7 percent to about 34.3 percent for five years. The ruling, which could still be overturned by the U.S. International Trade Commission, is the latest in… Read More »

GlaxoSmithKline will not file patents in poorer countries

UK drugs manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline has said it will not file patents for its products in the world’s poorest nations. The step may make some important new medicines more affordable in the developing world, by leaving the way clear for generic companies to make cheap copies of GSK’s drugs. GSK said it would adopt a graduated approach linked to… Read More »

China-backed bank says more than 30 countries await membership

More than 30 countries are waiting to join the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), adding to its 57 founding members, its president said on Friday. The AIIB, first proposed by President Xi Jinping less than two years ago, has become one of China’s biggest foreign policy successes. Despite the opposition of Washington, almost many major U.S. allies… Read More »