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Pacific trade negotiators chase elusive final deal in tough talks

LAHAINA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Pacific Rim trade ministers neared the final spurt of negotiations on an ambitious free trade pact on Thursday, but differences over farm exports and monopoly periods for next-generation drugs kept them short of an elusive final deal.


Pacific trade talks near deal after reported pharma breakthrough

ATLANTA: A dozen Pacific nations were close to a deal on a sweeping free trade pact on Sunday in Atlanta after a reported breakthrough over how long a monopoly pharmaceutical companies should be given on new biotech drugs.


New Zealand police arrest man over infant formula contamination threat

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand police said on Tuesday they had arrested a 60-year-old businessman suspected of threatening to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand, the world's largest dairy exporter, and charged the man with two counts of criminal blackmail.

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Man charged with blackmailing New Zealand dairy giant

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A New Zealand man was charged with blackmail Tuesday after allegedly threatening to poison baby formula in a bid to extort money from the country’s multi-billion-dollar dairy industry.

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N. Zealander jailed over China baby powder poison threat

WELLINGTON: An Auckland businessman who threatened to poison baby formula bound for China in a bid to blackmail New Zealand's multi-billion dollar dairy industry was jailed for more than eight years on Wednesday.


Canada works to counter protectionist mood of U.S. campaign

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian diplomats are fanning out across the United States to talk up the benefits of trade with state and local leaders and counter what senior officials see as a worrying mood of protectionism swirling through the U.S. election campaign.


New Zealand's 'Shaky Isles' still on tourist map, just not quake-hit areas

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - British backpackers Alan Hepper and Emily Gray-Upton were shaken from their beds and evacuated from their Wellington hostel when a huge earthquake rocked central New Zealand on Monday, but are continuing their holiday through the "Shaky Isles" regardless.


Navy reaches quake-hit New Zealand town

WOODEND/WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Helicopters ferried scores of residents and tourists out of a small New Zealand town on Wednesday as others boarded naval ships, three days after the region was completely cut off by landslides following a major earthquake.


Govt to form National Dairy Board

ROMPIN: The Government will set up a National Dairy Board early next year to plan and spur the development of the national dairy industry in an integrated and holistic manner.


Japan, EU press ahead on free trade pact to counter U.S. protectionism

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese and European Union negotiators meeting in Tokyo aim to reach a free trade deal that would stand against a protectionist tide threatening the global economy, and make the United States think twice over pursuing inward-looking policies.