Obama and Abe fail to reach trade deal

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's new conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on February 22 2013
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Leaders pushed for swift conclusion on TPP

France vows resolve over budget deficit

Finance minister says Paris will honour European rules reduction

Obama warns Russia new sanctions ‘teed up’

Moscow accused of failing to abide by deal on Ukraine

UK high street activity bounces

Steady recovery in S Korean growth

Draghi backs plans to publish ECB minutes

Central bank head believes move will strengthen decision-making

Gulf states gain from Russia debt freeze

Some investors view Middle East as relative haven