Exclusive: In Warsaw, Trump to promote U.S. natural gas exports -Gary Cohn

By Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to promote U.S. natural gas exports at a meeting next week in Warsaw with a dozen leaders from central and eastern Europe, a region heavily reliant on Russian supplies, his top economic adviser told Reuters.

On his way to the G20 summit in Germany, Trump is slated to speak in Poland - whi

Narendra Modi-Trump summit: Hugs, business and support for India

If hugs and handshakes are markers to personal and bilateral relationships, then the first get-to-know meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump seems to have been singularly successful.

The optics -- as seen on TV -- showed Trump proffering his hand of friendship to Modi -- he called him a "true friend" more than once in the course of

IMF cuts U.S. growth forecasts, cites Trump fiscal plan uncertainty

WASHINGTON  - The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut its growth forecasts for the U.S. economy to 2.1 percent for both 2017 and 2018, dropping its assumption that President Donald Trump's tax cut and fiscal spending plans would boost growth.

The IMF, after a review of U.S. economic policy, said the Trump administration was unlikely to achieve its goal

India, US to review trade relations to increase market access

The United States and India plan to undertake a comprehensive review of trade relations to expedite regulatory processes and increase market access in areas such as agriculture, information technology, and manufactured goods and services, according to a joint statement.

The joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump said that

Once on the outside, conservative Koch network warms to Trump

By James Oliphant

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - At a glitzy weekend gathering of donors to the powerful Koch brothers' network, much of the talk was about the conservative political group's criticism of the healthcare bill moving through the U.S. Senate.

That opposition suggests billionaires Charles and David Koch, powerful players in Republican politics

Trump urges Modi to fix deficit, but stresses strong ties

By Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON- U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship.

At a closely watched first meeting between the two, Trump and Modi appear

Trump, Modi seek rapport despite friction on trade, immigration

By Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON  - U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold their first face-to-face meeting in Washington on Monday, seeking to boost U.S.-Indian relations despite differences over trade, the Paris climate accord and immigration.

Their White House session promises less pomp than Modi

U.S. lawmakers urge Trump to press Modi on trade, investment

Leading U.S. congressmen have called on President Donald Trump to press Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove barriers to U.S. trade and investment when they meet for the first time on Monday.

The lawmakers, from the Republican and Democratic parties, said in a letter to Trump that high-level engagement with India had failed to eliminate major trade and investment barriers and

As Narendra Modi prepares for Donald Trump meeting, U.S. expected to OK India drone purchase

By Sanjeev Miglani and David Brunnstrom

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON  - The United States is expected to authorize India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday, ahead of a visit next week by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to try to revitalize ties in his first meeting with President Donald Trump

India eyes breakthrough on U.S. surveillance drones ahead of Modi trip

By Sanjeev Miglani and David Brunnstrom

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON - India is pushing for U.S. approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalise relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time.

Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed d

U.S. House speaker, Trump aides vow tax reform by end of 2017

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON - Top Republicans from Congress and the Trump administration vowed on Tuesday to complete tax reform by the end of 2017, despite party infighting and political distractions from investigations of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

In a speech to U.S. manufacturers, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said Preside

Modi to discuss H-1B visa issue with Trump next week - official

By Manoj Kumar

NEW DELHI  - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take up the issue of visas for skilled workers when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump next week in Washington, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Trump has ordered a review of the U.S. visa programme for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the United States, putting techn

U.S. House speaker vows to complete tax reform in 2017

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives vowed on Tuesday to complete tax reform in 2017, saying that President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress cannot allow the chance to overhaul the U.S. tax code to slip.

In remarks for a speech to U.S. manufacturers released by his office, House Speaker Paul

U.S. Republicans debating remedies for corporate tax avoidance

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress will soon confront a complex challenge for tax reform: how to limit U.S. corporate tax avoidance schemes that take advantage of low tax rates in foreign countries.Congressional and administration staff have begun to examine options to address profit-shifting schemes that include so-

Gold gains as stocks fall; weak U.S data spurs safe-haven demand

By Marcy Nicholson and Eric Onstad

NEW YORK/LONDON  - Gold fell to a three-week low on Thursday, weighed down by a stronger dollar as investors began to assess the potential for another U.S. rate hike later in the year, supported by data showing a strong U.S. jobs market.

The losses in gold were limited, however, with bullion underpinned by myriad globa

Global stocks pressured by report on Trump probe, Fed hike, soft U.S. data

TOKYO - U.S. stock futures and Asian shares slid on Thursday, hit by soft U.S. economic data, a relatively hawkish Federal Reserve and a media report that U.S. President Donald Trump is being investigated by a special counsel for possible obstruction of justice.

S&P mini futures dipped as much as 0.3 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares

Narendra Modi, Trump to focus on security coop, fighting terror

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump during their first meeting would set forth a vision to expand the India-US ties in an ambitious manner and discuss ways to advance common goals like fighting terrorism and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, said the PTI report.

The leaders of the world's two largest democracies with a combined populati

India`s Modi and Trump to hold first talks on June 26 in Washington

NEW DELHI  - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on June 26, the Indian foreign ministry and the White House said on Monday, the first meeting between the leaders.

Ties between the two big democracies grew rapidly under the administration of former President Barack Obama which saw India as a part

Global stocks on edge before UK election, ECB, Comey testimony

By Hideyuki Sano

TOKYO - Asian shares wobbled on Thursday as investors braced for any surprises from the UK election, a European Central Bank policy meeting and congressional testimony from ex-FBI director James Comey who was fired by President Donald Trump last month.

MSCI's broa

Canada plans military spending boost, addressing U.S. pressure

By David Ljunggren and Leah Schnurr

OTTAWA - Canada on Wednesday unveiled plans for one of the biggest hikes in military spending in its recent history, acting less than two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump demanded that NATO members ramp up defense expenditures.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, unveiling a 20-year policy review that had been in the wo

Big business revolts from US Paris Accord withdrawal

US President Donald Trump's announcement of withdrawal from the Paris Accord has caused a firestorm at home and led to big companies' revolt, analysts said.

"It goes against smart, profitable economics, smart international policy, against American global leadership, and against ethical and moral stewardship of our planet," said Washington, D.C. political insider

Exclusive: Trump administration concerned about U.S. firms giving financial "lifeline" to Venezuela

By Matt Spetalnick and Girish Gupta

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is concerned about any action by U.S. companies that provides a financial lifeline to Venezuela's government, senior White House officials told Reuters, after Goldman Sachs Group Inc came under fire for purchasing $2.8 billion of state oil company bonds at a steep discount.


Exclusive: U.S. considers possible sanctions against Venezuela oil sector - officials

By Girish Gupta and Matt Spetalnick

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is considering possible sanctions on Venezuela’s vital energy sector, including state oil company PDVSA, senior White House officials said, in what would be a major escalation of U.S. efforts to pressure the country’s embattled leftist government amid a crackdown on the opposition.

Amid Trump climate turmoil, France to push stability in India talks

By John Irish and Marine Pennetier

PARIS  - France and India will seek to show a united front to tackle climate change when their leaders meet on Saturday with President Emmanuel Macron likely to underline his country's stability in talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi's arrival in Paris comes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced

Big U.S. companies stay on White House panel despite climate jolt

By David Shepardson and Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON  - Several major U.S. companies, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, JP Morgan Chase & Co and IBM Corp, on Friday said their CEOs will remain in an influential presidential advisory group despite objecting to President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.

Citing the need to stay enga