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U.S., EU take small step on trade, but no breakthrough at G7 summit

LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - The United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, a French official said on Friday, signalling a modest step forward for bitterly divided allies at a Group of Seven summit in Canada.


Germany urges European unity in face of trade tensions with U.S

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier called on Friday for Europe to remain unified in the face of rising trade tensions with the United States, saying it was unclear how a summit of the Group of Seven rich nations would end.


For high-stakes summit with Kim, Trump trusts his gut over note cards

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will deploy a mix of charm and pressure to coax North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into a deal to give up nuclear weapons, trusting his gut instinct over briefing books in his ability to strike an accord, aides and former administration officials said.


Chinese paper slams U.S. stance on Taiwan, says should prepare for 'crisis'

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China should be prepared for crisis in the Taiwan Strait, the hawkish Global Times newspaper said in an editorial on Friday, amid rising tension between Beijing and Washington over the self-ruled island that China sees as a wayward province.


May to argue for 'freer and fairer' trade at G7 meeting

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will appeal for freer and fairer trade and launch a defence of the rules-based international system at this week's meeting of G7 leaders set to be dominated by the bitter row over U.S. metals tariffs.


Trump attacks EU and Canada on trade amid backlash ahead of G7 summit

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations headed for a summit in Canada on Thursday more divided than at any time in the group's 42-year history, as U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policies risk causing a global trade war and deep diplomatic schisms.


Divided by Trump, NATO finds unity in deterring Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO defence ministers rallied around their latest plans to contain Russia on Thursday, while keeping a lid on their frustrations over new steel tariffs that U.S. President Donald Trump has justified on national security grounds.


China says it does not want U.S. trade frictions to escalate

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Commerce Ministry said on Thursday that the country does not want an escalation of trade frictions with the United States, and that some specific progress was made in the latest round of talks that concluded over the weekend.


Tight security to keep protesters far from G7 summit

QUEBEC CITY (Reuters) - Quebec's forested Charlevoix region has begun to look more like a fortress than a resort as organizers of this week's G7 summit gear up to shield seven world leaders from outside disturbances.


U.S. might have to exempt some German steels from tariffs - minister

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States might have to exempt certain types of steel made in Germany from import tariffs especially if U.S. firms dependent on special metals struggle to find locally-produced alternatives, a German minister said.