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Jul 31, 2015

U.S. wins WTO ruling on Chinese speciality steel tariffs

GENEVA (Reuters) – China failed to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling that found its tariffs on a type of speciality steel products breached global trade rules, a WTO panel said in a ruling on Friday.

The ruling noted, however, that China had stopped applying the tariffs in April, while the WTO hearings were going on, more than four and a half years after the United States first complained.

Jul 31, 2015

After Ebola criticisms, WHO plans for 4-month epidemic response

GENEVA, July 31 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization is
creating a “blueprint” to improve the medical response to major
outbreaks of diseases, after it was accused of reacting too
slowly to West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, it said on Friday.

“The goal is to reduce the time from recognition of an
outbreak to the availability of new medical tools to four months
or less,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told a news
conference in Geneva.

Jul 31, 2015

Vaccine success holds hope for end to deadly scourge of Ebola

LONDON/GENEVA, July 31 (Reuters) – The world is on the verge
of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health
Organization said on Friday, as a trial in Guinea found a
vaccine to have been 100 percent effective.

Initial results from the trial, which tested Merck
and NewLink Genetics’ VSV-ZEBOV vaccine on some 4,000
people who had been in close contact with a confirmed Ebola
case, showed complete protection after 10 days.

Jul 29, 2015

U.N. panel questions Iraq over use of torture

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iraqi officials were challenged on Wednesday to name a single person the country had jailed for torture by a U.N. committee investigating suspected human rights abuses in a justice system that had “gone astray”.

“Is there anyone in Iraq in prison, sentenced for torturing another human being? Is there one person? Five? Ten?” the chairman of the U.N. Committee against Torture Claudio Grossman asked the Iraqi delegation.

Jul 27, 2015

People like Blatter deserve Nobel prize, Putin tells Swiss TV

GENEVA (Reuters) – FIFA boss Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his stewardship of soccer’s governing body, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview aired by Swiss broadcaster RTS on Monday.

On Saturday, at a meeting with Putin in St Petersburg, Blatter said that FIFA, facing a major bribery scandal, had passed a resolution offering full support for holding the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Jul 27, 2015

U.N. hopes to boost aid to Aden as Yemen frontline moves north

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations hopes to massively scale up aid to Aden now that fighting has all but stopped in the Yemeni port city, the U.N. official in charge of humanitarian aid to Yemen said after a weekend trip to the city.

Johannes van der Klaauw said he saw bodies lying in the street and whole districts damaged or destroyed, but the battle between the Houthi militia and local fighters backed by a Saudi-led air campaign had moved north.

Jul 24, 2015

WTO members try to seal trillion-dollar IT trade deal

GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – World Trade Organization (WTO) members met in Geneva on Friday trying to finalise a deal to cut tariffs on $1 trillion of information technology products from video games to medical equipment.

The United States said a deal had been struck, but WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo postponed a press conference at which he and the talks’ chairman, European Union Ambassador Angelos Pangratis, had been due to announce the agreement.

Jul 21, 2015

U.N. ship brings food aid to Yemen’s Aden as fighting rages

ADEN/GENEVA (Reuters) – A ship carrying food aid for Aden’s beleaguered population docked in the southern Yemeni port on Tuesday, the first in months of warfare that have devastated the city, as rival factions fought in the northern suburbs.

The ship carried enough U.N. food aid to feed 180,000 people for a month, a small measure of relief for a city that has been severely damaged by the conflict between Houthi militiamen and forces loyal to deposed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Jul 20, 2015

Peru loses WTO appeal over agricultural import levy

GENEVA, July 20 (Reuters) – Peru lost its appeal on Monday
in a trade dispute over its agricultural import levy, a case
brought to the World Trade Organisation by sugar exporter
Guatemala two years ago.

Peru, one of the countries negotiating the U.S.-led
Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, imposes an extra
import levy on sugar, rice, corn, and dairy products when
international prices fall below a certain level, a system that
Guatemala said was illegal under global trade rules.

Jul 16, 2015

U.N. human rights experts say China must end crackdown on lawyers

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. human rights investigators demanded an end to a Chinese crackdown on lawyers on Thursday after more than 100 people were detained, intimidated or went missing over the past week.

The five independent experts said the crackdown may have broken the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, the U.N. Basic Principles of the Role of Lawyers and China’s own criminal procedures.