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Jun 8, 2010

U.N. refugee agency says Libya orders it out

GENEVA (Reuters) – Libya has ordered the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR to close its operations there, putting the future of more than 12,000 refugees and asylum seekers at risk, a UNHCR spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The expulsion has taken on added gravity because of the Italian policy of pushing back refugees who are fleeing North Africa and the Middle East out of Italian waters into Libya, UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said.

Jun 8, 2010

WTO report to show protectionism under control

GENEVA (Reuters) – Protectionism is still a risk as unemployment remains high in many countries despite the recovery but it has so far not caused the serious damage that some feared, a World Trade Organization report will argue next week.

WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy has been reporting since early 2009 on trade measures by the WTO’s 153 members to monitor whether the financial crisis was leading to tit-for-tat steps of the kind that caused the 1930s Great Depression.

Jun 8, 2010

Unions urge financial market reform not spending cuts

GENEVA, June 8 (Reuters) – Governments should reform
financial markets and keep stimulus packages in place rather
than being panicked into austerity measures that risk a second
recession, trade unionists and economists said on Tuesday.

John Evans, general-secretary of the Trade Union Advisory
Committee to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD), said unions were arguing that there could
not be a simple return to business as usual before the crisis.

Jun 3, 2010

WHO says H1N1 flu pandemic continues

GENEVA (Reuters) – The H1N1 pandemic is not yet over although its most intense activity has passed in many parts of the world, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday after a review of the flu outbreak by independent experts.

The WHO emergency committee, composed of 15 external advisers, said it remained critical for countries to maintain vigilance concerning the pandemic, including necessary public health measures for disease control and surveillance, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said in a statement.

Jun 1, 2010

WTO questions China’s export barriers

GENEVA (Reuters) – China’s curbs on exports of some raw materials to conserve resources may not meet the stated goals while giving Chinese manufacturers an unfair advantage, the World Trade Organization said on Monday.

The remarks, in a report prepared for China’s two-yearly trade policy review, constituted a rare comment by the WTO’s secretariat on a current dispute between members.

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May 30, 2010

Tough Doha trade talks loom in political shadow

GENEVA (Reuters) – World Trade Organization members agree they must push on with difficult talks on a global trade deal, but November’s U.S. mid-term elections mean they are unlikely to bear fruit before next year.

The United States, ultimately the key to any pact, says that what is on the table after 8 years of talks on the Doha round is simply not compelling enough to attract support back home.

    • 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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