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Nov 19, 2010
Nov 19, 2010
Nov 19, 2010

Asia shows dominance at Geneva piano competition

By Jonathan Lynn

GENEVA (Reuters Life!) – Two young pianists from Japan and South Korea demonstrated the dominance of young Asians in the world of classical music at the Geneva International Music Competition on Thursday night.

Japan’s Mami Hagiwara took the jury’s first prize, worth 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,820), with her performance of Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for Piano in G major.

Nov 18, 2010

WTO chief calls meeting to revitalise Doha trade round

GENEVA (Reuters) – World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy has invited its 153 member delegations to a meeting on Nov. 30, seeking to build on calls this month by the G20 and APEC summits to finish the Doha round of global trade talks.

Lamy wants to revitalise the stalled talks on global commerce which began nine years ago, sources close to the trade negotiations said on Thursday.

Nov 18, 2010

Exclusive: WTO calls meeting to revitalize Doha trade round

GENEVA (Reuters) – World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy has invited its 153 member delegations to a meeting on November 30, seeking to build on calls this month by the G20 and APEC summits to finish the Doha round of global trade talks.

Lamy wants to revitalize the stalled talks on global commerce which began nine years ago, sources close to the trade negotiations said on Thursday.

Nov 18, 2010

U.S., EU skirmish at appeal over Airbus subsidies

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States and European Union traded blows at an appeal over EU subsidies for passenger jet maker Airbus, part of the world’s biggest trade dispute.

In a recording broadcast on Thursday of statements to a World Trade Organization appeal court on November 11, the two sides sought to unpick each other’s arguments while challenging findings by the original WTO panel that they disagreed with.

Nov 17, 2010

States chase regional trade deals despite Doha call

GENEVA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – A flurry of calls for free trade
pacts at last week’s G20 and APEC summits suggests participants
are hedging their bets on the long-running global Doha talks.

Both the G20 rich and emerging economies and the group of
Asian-Pacific states in APEC agreed to push for a conclusion to
the Doha negotiations, launched nine years ago last Sunday, with
the G20 saying 2011 offered a narrow window of opportunity.

Nov 15, 2010

UK banks step up Basel pressure on trade finance

GENEVA, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The industry association for
British banks has joined those asking banking regulators to
revise provisions in new rules of credit affecting trade finance
for fear they could disrupt the funding that is the lifeblood of
global commerce.

Bankers believe the new Basel III banking rules, intended to
forestall a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis, do not take
into account that trade finance is one of the safest forms of
lending.

Nov 12, 2010

G20 sees small window to seal WTO Doha deal in 2011

GENEVA (Reuters) – Leaders of the G20 rich and emerging economies called on Friday for intensified efforts to complete the long-running Doha round of global trade talks, saying next year offers a narrow window of opportunity.

The endorsement by the G20 summit of 2011 as a target date, even if not an explicit one, marks an optimistic return to the practice of summits setting deadlines for the Doha talks, launched nine years ago this Sunday.

Nov 11, 2010

Geneva’s bleak Elektra is shattering drama

GENEVA (Reuters) – A new production of Elektra in Geneva pares back the stage business to focus on the overwhelming music of Richard Strauss in his shattering drama of obsession and revenge.

The bleakly oppressive sets put New Orleans soprano Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet as Elektra — one of the most demanding roles in opera — at the centre of attention.

    • About Jonathan

      "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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