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Jan 17, 2011

Zurich marries farce and humanity in Mozart’s Figaro

By Jonathan Lynn

GENEVA (Reuters Life!) – In the Zurich Opera House’s version of “The Marriage of Figaro”, the eternal truths of the war of the sexes and class conflict are never far from the surface in a production that plays up the farcical nature and comedy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterpiece.

Director Sven-Eric Bechtolf sets the piece in the 1930s, with the more modern-dress staging underlining the idea that the classic tale of love, desire, faithfulness, faithlessness — and cross-dressing — is one for every generation.

Jan 13, 2011

WTO members start work on wines and spirits register

GENEVA (Reuters) – Members of the World Trade Organization have started work on a draft proposal for a register to protect geographical names of wines and spirits as part of a push to secure a global trade deal this year.

Zambia’s ambassador to the World Trade Organization, Darlington Mwape, who chairs talks on the register, told negotiators on Thursday that it had been tough to get this far and laid down a tight schedule of meetings to produce a negotiating text by the end of March.

Jan 13, 2011
Jan 13, 2011

Real Doha trade talks must start now-U.S.

GENEVA, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Trading powers must get down to
real negotiations right away if there is to be any hope of
concluding the long-running Doha talks to open up global
commerce this year, a top U.S. negotiator said on Thursday.

To reach a deal, said the U.S. ambassador to the World Trade
Organization (WTO) Michael Punke, big emerging countries like
China, Brazil and India should accept that their booming
economies meant they must open up their markets more.

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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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