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Feb 17, 2011
Feb 17, 2011

Environment lobbyists hopeful of WTO fish deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – Environmental activists are hopeful that negotiations at the World Trade Organization to curb fisheries subsidies, especially those on fuel, can produce a deal that will help end overfishing.

Agreement would not only help reverse the alarming depletion of global fish stocks and contribute to a broader trade deal in the WTO’s long-running Doha round, but would provide a template for tackling global problems such as climate change that have a trade dimension.

Feb 15, 2011
Feb 15, 2011

Doha trade talks too slow, deal unsure – Sutherland

GENEVA (Reuters) – World leaders have so far failed to give the necessary impetus to a new trade deal and agreement in the long-running Doha round is far from certain, former WTO Director-General Peter Sutherland said on Tuesday.

Failure to clinch a deal would not only deprive the world of an economic boost of at least $360 billion, according to the Irish lawyer and banker, a former European Commissioner.

Feb 9, 2011

Northeast Asia dominates patent filing growth

GENEVA, Feb 9 (Reuters) – China, Japan and South Korea are
dominating growth in international patent filings in a dramatic
demonstration of the shift of scientific and economic power to
northeast Asia, figures released on Wednesday showed.

The World Intellectual Property Organization said China had
increased its international patent filings in 2010 by an
astonishing 56.2 percent to 12,337, triple its 2006 figure and
pushing it into fourth place in global rankings.

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Feb 4, 2011

Mexico seeks to break Doha trade deadlock

GENEVA (Reuters) – As trading powers embark on a renewed push for a Doha round trade deal, Mexico has come up with a wide-ranging proposal to break the deadlock in the long-stalled talks.

Trade ministers agreed last week to push for an outline deal in the decade-old talks by July, and instruct their negotiators at World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva to make the necessary compromises to reach an agreement.

Feb 4, 2011
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      "I write about world trade for Reuters and also lead our Geneva bureau covering international organisations based in Geneva. I spent many years in Eastern Europe, both before the Berlin Wall came down, and after 1989, when I covered the economic transition of the region. I also worked in Moscow from 1994 to 1998, where I set up Reuters domestic service for Russia and the CIS, and ran news operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries from 1998 to 2002 and Southeast Asia from 2002 to 2007."
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