• Obama greets China's Xi with friendly words, firm stance

    President Barack Obama told Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping on Tuesday that Beijing must play fair in international trade and vowed to keep pressing China to clean up its human rights record.
  • Argentine union vows to delay British ships in port

    Argentine shipping workers will delay British-flagged vessels in port as tensions between the two countries rise in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war, a union leader said on Tuesday.
  • U.S. welcomes China's Xi with pledge of candour

    Vice President Joe Biden pledged to tackle U.S.-China differences head-on as he welcomed Beijing's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping for talks on Tuesday that could set the tone for relations between the two rival powers over the next decade.
  • Monsanto says to appeal French poisoning verdict

    U.S. agri-business giant Monsanto said on Tuesday it will appeal a French court ruling that found it responsible for the poisoning of a farmer who inhaled a weedkiller in what is the first such case to reach court in France.
  • Biggest winner of MF Global accounts expands more

    Independent Chicago broker R.J. O'Brien, which got more former accounts from bankrupt rival MF Global than any other merchant, built on that success in December, while other brokers lost some of that extra business, data showed on Monday.
  • Xi says frictions shouldn't define U.S.-China ties - report

    The United States should not let friction over economic and trade policies undermine the hugely important business relationship with China, Vice President Xi Jinping said in an interview published before a scheduled U.S. visit.
  • As Xi visits, China's U.S. crop demand a balm for tensions

    China is half a world away from the 2,300-acre family farm in east-central Iowa where John Weber and his son plant corn and soybeans.
  • Exclusive: Walnut growers seek to stop sales to Diamond

    Some California farmers plan to stop selling their walnuts to Diamond Foods Inc in the wake of an accounting scandal over grower payments that has claimed the jobs of the snack company's chief executive and chief financial officer.
  • Analysis: Aluminium losing battle against oversupply

    Excess capacity in aluminium smelting will drag on for years to come, even while losses weigh on producers, as political pressures in China and Russia to keep jobs and push self-sufficiency prevent or delay plant closures.
  • Further cargo of British wheat destined for U.S.

    UK feed wheat is continuing to flow to the United States with a further cargo of around 50,000 tonnes due to be loaded in the next week to 10 days from a port on the east coast of England, market sources said on Friday.
  • Asia giants join Iran diplomacy as sanctions hurt trade

    China said on Friday it would send a senior official to Tehran to discuss Iran's nuclear standoff with the West, and India indicated it would also weigh in, as Asia's two giants seek to head off new sanctions already playing havoc with trade.
  • Analysis: Criminal probe trail going cold at MF Global

    When commodities brokerage MF Global imploded, the FBI and federal prosecutors were quick to launch an investigation to pursue what seemed obvious to outspoken regulators and lawmakers: laws were broken and crimes were committed.
  • Exclusive - Fee rise row could hurt London Metal Exchange value

    A row over the London Metal Exchange's plans to raise revenues with a new fee could deter potential bidders for the exchange as any revision could dent projected extra revenue included in its valuation, industry sources said.
  • Iran turns to barter for food as sanctions cripple imports

    Iran is turning to barter - offering gold bullion in overseas vaults or tankerloads of oil - in return for food as new financial sanctions have hurt its ability to import basic staples for its 74 million people, commodities traders said on Thursday.
  • Iran turns to India for wheat as palm oil dries up

    Iran has turned to India for wheat supplies as other sellers divert grain cargoes away from the Middle East country because of sanctions-related payments problems that have caused palm oil imports to grind to a halt.
  • European freeze may last to end of February

    The worst February cold spell Europe has seen in decades may last until the end of the month, leading meteorologists said, raising the prospect of further deaths and an extended spike in European spot gas prices.
  • LME forced to consider fee hike backlash

    The London Metal Exchange will review reaction to a controversial new trading fee at the end of this month, it said on Tuesday, after widespread shareholder complaints about not being better consulted ahead of the decision.
  • Average daily UK forex turnover slips - Bank

    The average daily turnover in UK foreign exchange markets fell in the six months to October, driven by a drop in FX swaps and options activity, a Bank of England survey showed on Monday.
  • New energy secretary confirms green targets

    Newly-appointed Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey on Monday confirmed the country's commitment to its green energy targets and its focus on growing the offshore wind power generation capacities.
  • Iranians bemoan sanctions hardship as vote approaches

    Each day that he struggles to buy food for his family, vegetable seller Hasan Sharafi shoulders part of the burden of Iran's defiance of the West over its nuclear programme. He can hardly bear it.