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Exclusive: U.S. demands regular review of China trade reform

The United States is pushing for regular reviews of China's progress on pledged trade reforms as a condition for a trade deal - and could again resort to tariffs if it deems Beijing has violated the agreement, according to sources briefed on negotiations to end the trade war between the two nations.

Fed policymakers leave little doubt: Rate hikes can wait

"Patience" is the new mantra at the Federal Reserve, less than two weeks ahead of the U.S. central bank's first policy meeting of the new year, as officials leave little doubt they want to stop raising interest rates - at least for a while.

Fed's Brainard sees mounting negative risks for U.S. economy

Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard on Friday became the latest U.S. central banker to worry publicly about rising risks for the U.S. economy, suggesting she could embrace a pause on raising interest rates that has won support among most of her peers.

Wall Street extends rally on U.S.-China trade optimism

U.S. stocks rallied on Friday, helping Wall Street's major indexes advance for the fourth consecutive week, as increased hopes the United States and China would resolve their trade dispute lifted shares across sectors.

S&P affirms Russia's rating with stable outlook

S&P Global Ratings affirmed Russia's "BBB-/A-3" credit rating on Friday, saying the country's solid external and public balance sheets should enable its economy to absorb shocks from possible new international sanctions.

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