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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.

Nov 4, 2010

G20 warned of protectionism, currency tension

GENEVA, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The global economy is threatened
by “dark clouds” of intensifying protectionist pressures, the
heads of three international organisations said on Thursday in a
warning to leaders of the G20.

These pressures are driven by high unemployment,
macroeconomic imbalances and tensions over foreign exchange
rates, said the heads of the World Trade Organization (WTO),
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Nov 3, 2010
Nov 3, 2010

Exclusive: WTO,OECD and U.N. to warn G20 on currency threat

GENEVA (Reuters) – The global economy faces an increased threat of protectionism because of tensions over exchange rates, the heads of three international organizations will warn leaders of the G20 in a forthcoming report.

The warning is contained in a report on trade and investment from the World Trade Organization (WTO), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), commissioned by the G20 for its summit in Seoul next week.

Nov 3, 2010

WTO,OECD,UN to warn G20 on currency threat

GENEVA, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The global economy faces an
increased threat of protectionism because of tensions over
exchange rates, the heads of three international organisations
will warn leaders of the G20 in a forthcoming report.

The warning is contained in a report on trade and investment
from the World Trade Organization (WTO), Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and United Nations
Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), commissioned by
the G20 for its summit in Seoul next week.

Nov 2, 2010

Trade powers spar over outstanding Doha issues

GENEVA, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Major trade powers sparred on
Tuesday over what needed to be done to finish the long-running
Doha round amid a flurry of recent activity to revive the
stalled talks.

Ambassadors to the World Trade Organization from Brazil,
China, the European Union, India and the United States agreed
that much valuable work had already been done on Doha.

Nov 2, 2010

Doha benefit seen in blocking protectionism

GENEVA, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Preventing countries from
backsliding on cuts in tariffs they have undertaken unilaterally
could be the biggest gain from the long-running Doha round to
free up world trade, economists said on Tuesday.

And the modest gains to the world economy from agreeing what
is currently on the table could be improved if negotiators made
progress opening up services that account for 80 percent of rich
economies and a rapidly rising share in developing countries.

Oct 29, 2010

Could China face a WTO dispute over rare earths?

GENEVA (Reuters) – Businesses in Japan, the United States and European Union are crying foul over cuts in China’s export quotas of rare earths and calling on their governments to sue Beijing at the World Trade Organization.

China, which currently has a near-monopoly in supplies of rare earths, has drastically reduced shipments to Japan of the minerals, essential for many high-tech products.

Oct 22, 2010

Many poor states still cut off from trade finance

GENEVA, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Many developing countries remain
cut off from trade finance, which before the credit crunch was
often their only source of private-sector funding, despite a
recovery in the industry, a meeting of experts heard on Friday.

Difficulties still encountered by some poor countries in
Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia to
obtain funding for their exports threatens to undermine their
entire economic development, one expert said.

Oct 22, 2010

WTO rejects many Chinese claims in U.S. duties case

GENEVA (Reuters) – A World Trade Organization panel largely rejected Chinese claims on Friday in a dispute with the United States over extra duties on Chinese goods which Washington argued were priced at below cost and subsidized.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk welcomed the ruling as a win for American businesses and workers affected by unfairly traded imports.

    • 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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