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May 31, 2010
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.

May 27, 2010

Trade powers to push for Doha deal to boost economy

PARIS (Reuters) – Ministers from major trading powers decided on Thursday to redouble efforts for a deal in the stalled Doha round, arguing that opening up global trade would boost the world economy without hitting budgets.

They acknowledged the 8-1/2-year-old Doha round was at an impasse and that serious negotiations — away from the glare of the media and public diplomacy — were now needed to break the deadlock.

Apr 22, 2010
Apr 20, 2010

WTO to probe Philippine liquor duties

GENEVA, April 20 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization
is to investigate a U.S. complaint that Philippines duties on
distilled spirits discriminate against foreign suppliers of
liquor, trade sources said on Tuesday.

The United States says that Manila taxes alcoholic products
made from domestic materials such as sugar or palm at lower
rates than imported spirits made from other materials, hurting
sales of U.S. brands such as Jack Daniel’s or Jim Beam whiskey.

Apr 16, 2010

Eruption may hurt people with breathing problems: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Icelandic volcanic eruption that has paralyzed air traffic in much of Europe could also harm people with breathing problems, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The United Nations health agency has not yet ascertained the heath risks from this specific eruption, but once the clouds settle they could be dangerous, spokesman Daniel Epstein said.

Apr 14, 2010

Lewd tale of cross-dressing gods at Geneva opera

GENEVA (Reuters) – A new production in Geneva of one of the earliest operas, La Calisto, camps up the lewd tale of cross-dressing gods while remaining faithful to the authentic sound of early music.

The opera, first performed in 1651, tells how the king of the gods, Jove, disguises himself as Diana, goddess of chastity and hunting, to seduce one of her beautiful nymphs, Calisto.

Apr 12, 2010

Indonesia takes U.S. to WTO over clove cigarette ban

GENEVA (Reuters) – Indonesia is launching a formal dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the United States over a U.S. ban on clove-flavored cigarettes, an official at Indonesia’s WTO mission said on Monday.

Like many trade disputes, this one involves health standards and whether they are being abused for protectionist purposes. It centers on the clove and tobacco blends known as kretek that dominate the tobacco market in Indonesia but are little smoked outside the southeast Asian country.

Mar 30, 2010

Airlines climbing out of recession: IATA

GENEVA (Reuters) – Airlines are climbing out of recession with further strong increases for passenger travel and freight in February, industry association IATA said on Tuesday.

One sign of recovery was record capacity usage for passenger travel in February, traditionally the weakest month for air travel, the International Air Transport Association said.

Mar 29, 2010

Independent experts to review pandemic handling: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – A group of independent experts will review how the H1N1 pandemic has been handled to ensure that the next global health emergency is dealt with better, a top World Health Organization official said on Monday.

The H1N1 influenza outbreak, which began in April last year, was marked by controversies over whether the WHO and public health authorities had exaggerated the risks of H1N1 and created unnecessary alarm by declaring it a ‘pandemic’.

    • 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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