Critics cry foul as young Hong Kong democracy leaders get jail

Hong Kong - Joshua Wong jailed for six months for unlawful assembly. Jail terms disqualifies trio from running for seats for 5 years. Terms slammed amid accusations of political interference.


U.S. trade envoy Lighthizer says NAFTA has “failed” Americans

Washington - “We need to ensure that the huge trade deficits do not continue and we have balance and reciprocity. This should be periodically reviewed,” Lighthizer said in opening remarks at NAFTA negotiations in Washington.


East Libyan elite forces snub ICC over warrant for commander

Benghazi - An elite forces unit linked to the army that controls much of eastern Libya has snubbed international efforts to bring to justice one of its senior officers for allegedly executing dozens of prisoners.


China’s Geely says has no plan to buy Fiat Chrysler

Milan - Geely Automobile says foreign acquisition would be complicated. Chinese group first held talks with FCA last year - source.


Tehran to bring totally homebuilt steel mill online

Tehran - Iran is about to bring online a sponge iron mill with a capacity of 800,000 tonnes per year in the country’s northwestern city of Miyaneh, news agencies reported on Tuesday.

Despite delay, U.S. expected to impose steel tariffs
Russian Railways keeps plans to order additional trains from Siemens
Israeli billionaire Steinmetz held in custody in fraud probe
Trade at Jebel Ali Free Zone hits $80.2 billion

Trade at Jebel Ali Free Zone hits $80.2 billion

Dubai - Non-oil trade at Jebel Ali Free Zone rose 17% to $80.2 billion or an equivalent 27.9 million tons in 2016, from 23.9 million tons a year earlier. China kept its position as the free zone’s major player with $11.3 billion worth of non-oil goods, equipment and commodities being shipped in via the Jebel Ali port

Norway’s $975-bln wealth fund should improve ethical stance