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China imposes trade restrictions on Canadian beef

China has imposed temporary trade restrictions on Canadian beef and beef products in the wake of Canada's discovery of mad cow disease earlier this month, Canada said on Friday.

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U.S. President Barack Obama

Obama struggles with Wall Street to woo Democrats over broker rules

The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts.

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WiFi users

Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies

U.S. regulators are poised to impose the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks.

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Toyota calls union pay demands impossible; talks outcome key for Abenomics

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said on Wednesday it was "impossible" to meet union demands for a 13,300 yen ($112) monthly pay rise, as the automaker concluded the first day of labor talks widely considered crucial for Japan's economic recovery.

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HSBC says Swiss scandal has brought 'shame' on bank

HSBC (HSBA.L) reported a 17 percent fall in annual pretax profit and cut its profitability target, saying allegations its Swiss business had helped customers to dodge taxes had brought shame on the bank.

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Workers' Strike

U.S. refinery strike affects one-fifth of national capacity

The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week on Sunday as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines.

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Telecom workers ratify agreement to end strike in New England

Union members ratified an agreement on Sunday that ends a four-month-long strike by some 1,800 workers at FairPoint Communications, a major land-line telecommunications provider in northern New England, union officials announced.

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Railroad yard

CN Railway urges union to agree to arbitration as lockout looms

Canadian National Railway Co (CNR.TO) on Saturday again urged Unifor, the union representing 4,800 of its mechanical, clerical and intermodal staff, to agree to binding arbitration and renewed its threat to lock out those workers on Monday.

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Cargo containers

West Coast ports to begin tackling backlog after labor deal

U.S. West Coast ports will resume full operations from Saturday evening after a tentative labor deal was reached between a dockworkers union and a group of shippers, easing months of disruptions to trans-Pacific trade that have hit businesses from automakers to meat exports.

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Workers' Strike

U.S. refinery strike widens to include nation's largest refinery

The U.S. refinery strike widened as workers at the nation's largest refinery walked off their jobs at 12 a.m. CST (0600 GMT) on Saturday, according to the United Steelworkers union (USW).

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Meat Products

Ireland says China agrees to lift ban on Irish beef

China has agreed to lift its ban on Irish beef, Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Friday, making it the only European country to be allowed to export beef to both the United States and China.

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General Motors (GM)

Strike at Brazil plant catches General Motors off guard

General Motors Co was caught by surprise on Friday by a strike at its Brazilian car factory as workers protested a planned furlough and layoff of hundreds of staff, in the latest labor disruption in the nation's slumping auto industry.

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Port of Los Angeles

Contract negotiators for U.S. West Coast ports reach tentative deal

A group of shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union clinched a tentative labor deal on Friday after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted the flow of cargo through 29 U.S. West Coast ports and snarled trans-Pacific maritime trade with Asia.

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United Steelworkers (USW)

Shell says no agreement in U.S. refinery strike talks

Lead U.S. oil company negotiator Shell Oil Co said face-to-face negotiations on Friday with the United Steelworkers union (USW) failed to yield an agreement to end the 20-day-old U.S. refinery strike.

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Cotton purchase station

Top China cotton producer resists reforms in restive Xinjiang

China's top cotton producer, a quasi-military body formed 60 years ago to settle the far west Xinjiang area, is resisting a government policy that could force it to cut output in an industry employing hundreds of thousands in the restive region.

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