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U.S.-backed trade deal could stop the poor from getting life-saving meds

Hundreds of millions of patients around the Pacific rim face losing the chance to use new, cheap generic drugs to treat a host of conditions thanks to the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership. The TPP will be the world’s largest ever trade agreement — and it's being negotiated behind closed doors.... Read more»

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Firms showcase products aimed at boosting border security

Products on display at the Border Security Expo held in Phoenix ranged from body cameras to retinal scanners for customs checkpoints to an amphibious ball carrying video equipment. Makers hope to capitalize on calls for more secure borders. ... Read more»

Carlos Slim: Arizona-Mexico relations yet to reach full potential

Carlos Slim Helu, a tycoon known as one of the world’s richest businessmen, talked international trade and gave advice to the Phoenix business community on Wednesday. In his talk, he spoke about the future of U.S.-Mexico relations, among other things. ... Read more»

International exports seen as key to Arizona’s economic future

According to the International Trade Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Arizona’s exports of merchandise to Mexico totaled $19.4 billion in 2013. That makes Arizona the nation’s fifth-largest exporter to Mexico, trailing only Texas, California, Michigan and Illinois.... Read more»

Arming U.S. agents in Mexico stalling trade agreement

Call it one of the most heralded binational agreements between the United States and Mexico you have probably never heard of. For more than a year, a Mexican customs inspection station has been open at the Laredo International Airport, the only airport in the U.S. where Mexican agents preclear cargo headed south of the border.... Read more»

Lawmakers, Phoenix outline plans for Mexico trade office

State lawmakers say a partnership with Phoenix to create a trade, tourism and investment center in Mexico City could boost Arizona’s economy by billions of dollars.... Read more»1

Texas locals chip in to help ease trade at state ports

Local governments are sorting out details of a recently approved pilot program that will create public-private partnerships with Customs and Border Protection to increase staff at the nation’s ports and help alleviate backups.... Read more»

Roundup: Cross-border agreements, new immigration bills in the works

Cross-border agreements between U.S. and Mexican officials, Republican politicians evaluate their stance on immigration and an update on the Department of Homeland Security's investigation into Border Patrol's October shooting in Nogales... Read more»

Analysis

G20 in Los Cabos: A study of ineptitude

The world is going to hell, from the economy to the environment. But don't worry, the leaders are on it. ... Read more»

Panel: Border issues hindering economic opportunities

The U.S.-Mexico border holds a huge opportunity for increased trade and job creation, but it has become increasingly difficult to develop those opportunities since 2000.... Read more»

U.S. to slap huge tariffs on Chinese solar panels

The U.S. Department of Commerce said Friday that it will seek to slap tariffs ranging from 31 percent to 250 percent on solar panels imported from China.... Read more»

Mexican firm's bankruptcy case has cross-border impact

Investors and financial analysts have their eyes on a bankruptcy case, pending in a Dallas courtroom, that they say could systematically shift how American firms do business with Mexican companies. ... Read more»

McCain wants U.S. sanctions against Myanmar lifted

In a speech at Washington, D.C.'s Center for Strategic and International Studies, Sen. John McCain advocated suspending — not permanently removing — almost all American sanctions against Myanmar. ... Read more»

Analysis

Cuba policy costs Obama at Summit of the Americas

Forget the horny Secret Service agents and their Colombian hookers. It was U.S. diplomacy that really got screwed at this weekend's Summit of the Americas in Cartagena.... Read more»

Summit of the Americas

Obama: Legalization not the answer to drug war

Speaking at the Summit of the Americas, President Barack Obama on Saturday told Latin American leaders that legalization was not the answer to the drug war.... Read more»1

Analysis

U.S. to face heat from friends, foes at Americas summit

Barack Obama will likely hear pointed criticism from allies over the U.S.-backed drug war and monetary policy during the Summit of the Americas this weekend in Colombia.... Read more»

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