Trump Says ‘Good Chance’ of Deal With Taliban

WASHINGTON—President Trump said Thursday the U.S. is close to signing a deal with the Taliban to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and that the outcome of negotiations would be clear in the next two weeks. It was the first time Mr. Trump has acknowledged the…

U.S.-China Deal Could Upend the Way Nations Settle Disputes

WASHINGTON—The phase-one deal between the U.S. and China could upend the way trade disputes are settled globally, giving the U.S. an edge over competitors and weakening international institutions. Trade deals are traditionally enforced by arbitration, in which either a country or a company brings a…

U.S., China Sign Deal Easing Trade Tensions

WASHINGTON—The U.S. and China signed a trade deal that officials say will lead to a sharp increase in sales of U.S. goods and services to China, further open Chinese markets to foreign firms—especially in financial services—and provide strong new protections for trade secrets and intellectual…

U.K. Parliament Backs Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal, Clearing Major Hurdle

Boris Johnson speaks in the U.K. Parliament Friday. Photo: ho/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Updated Dec. 20, 2019 9:44 am ET LONDON—Britain’s new Parliament voted overwhelmingly Friday to back Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit accord, a significant step toward the country’s departure from the European Union on…

Climate change: Longest talks end with compromise deal

Image copyright Kiara Worth/IISD Image caption Some of the difficult issues proved impossible to resolve in Madrid The longest United Nations climate talks on record have finally ended in Madrid with a compromise deal. Exhausted delegates reached agreement on the key question of increasing the…

U.S., China Agree to Limited Deal to Halt Trade War

U.S. and Chinese officials announced a limited agreement to halt the trade war between the countries, with President Trump removing the threat of new tariffs on China and Beijing agreeing to purchases of American farm goods and other products. As part of the “phase one”…

U.S. and China Reach Initial Trade Deal

BEIJING — The United States and China have agreed to an initial trade deal that will result in a reduction of tariffs and increased purchases of American farm goods, marking a significant de-escalation in the 19-month battle that has rattled the world economy. “We have…