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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A diplomatic conflict between Hungary and Ukraine has deepened. The two countries summoned each others’ ambassadors Tuesday over Budapest’s decision to sign a long-term contract to purchase Russian gas. Ukraine considers Hungary’s 15-year deal with Russian gas company Gazprom a blow to its economic and national security interests. The agreement will

Japan’s exports rose 26% in August from a year earlier, below analysts’ forecasts, as supply chain disruptions hit manufacturers. Preliminary trade data released Thursday showed the world’s third largest economy logged a trade deficit of 635 billion yen ($5.8 billion), as imports surged nearly 45%, driven largely by imports of oil, gas and coal. Exports

LONDON (AP) — Britain says it is delaying the start of post-Brexit border checks on food imports from the European Union. The government cited disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. The delay means checks on EU agricultural and animal products that were due to start in October won’t be introduced until next year. The U.K. said

BEIJING (AP) — China’s import and export growth accelerated in August despite disruptions due to the spread of the coronavirus’s delta variant. Customs data reported Tuesday show exports rose 25.6% to $294.3 billion, up from July’s 18.9% growth. Imports rose 33.1% to $236 billion, up from the previous month’s 28.7%. That came despite lingering disruptions

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has allowed dozens of truckloads of construction materials into the Gaza Strip, easing a tight blockade it has maintained on the Hamas-ruled territory since an 11-day war in May. The imports Tuesday came during a tense period in which Hamas activists have launched incendiary balloons into Israel and staged a series

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing tariffs on up to $2.4 billion worth of French imports — from Roquefort cheese to handbags — in retaliation for France’s tax on American tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says France’s new digital services tax discriminates against U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output deteriorated for the fourth consecutive month, damaged by trade conflicts and a weakening global economy. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index dipped to 48.1 last month from 48.3 in October. Anything below 50 signals contraction. U.S. factories have been