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US to review China intellectual property policies

US to review China intellectual property policies 19 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Intellectual property theft is estimated to cost the US up to $600bn a year The US has formally launched an investigation into China’s policies regarding intellectual property. The top US trade official, Robert Lighthizer, said his office had “determined that these critical issues merit a thorough investigation”. The move was expected after President Donald Trump asked Mr Lighthizer to review China’s practices. China has voiced “serious concern” over the inquiry, which could result in US trade sanctions. The US...

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Disputed Venezuela assembly takes parliament’s powers

Disputed Venezuela assembly takes parliament’s powers 18 August 2017 From the section Latin America & Caribbean Image copyright Reuters Image caption The constituent assembly was set up despite fierce criticism at home and abroad Venezuela’s controversial new constituent assembly has overwhelmingly voted in favour of assuming the powers of the opposition-led parliament. The move has been rejected by parliament, which said Venezuelans and the international community would not recognise the new powers. President Nicolas Maduro says the new assembly will end the deadly political unrest in the country. But many have called it a slide towards dictatorship. The head...

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