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Oct 20, 2014

U.S. risks trade sanctions in WTO meat label dispute

GENEVA/WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The United States
faces potential trade sanctions from Canada and Mexico after the
World Trade Organization ruled on Monday it had failed to bring
its meat labeling laws fully into line with international fair
trading rules.

The WTO said the United States had not done enough to change
its labeling laws, requiring retailers such as grocery stores to
list the country of origin on meat, after it lost an earlier WTO
challenge brought by Mexico and Canada.

Oct 19, 2014

Death penalty fuels violence in Iraq, says U.N. report

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iraq should stop its widespread use of the death penalty, which is unjust, flawed and only fuels the violence it purports to deter, the United Nations said in a report on Sunday.

Sixty people were hanged in Iraq by the end of August this year, and although that is fewer than the 177 who were executed in 2013, 1,724 people remained on death row.

Oct 18, 2014

WHO promises analysis of Ebola response, won’t comment on reported flaws

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization promised on Saturday that it would publish a full review of its handling of the Ebola crisis once the outbreak was under control, in response to a leaked document that appeared to acknowledge it had failed to do enough.

The WHO said in a statement that it would not comment on an internal document cited in an Associated Press story on Friday, saying it was a first draft that had not been fact-checked and was “part of an on-going analysis of our response”.

Oct 16, 2014

WHO to test Ebola preparedness in Ivory Coast and Mali

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization will send experts to test the Ebola-preparedness measures in Ivory Coast and Mali, the two countries at greatest risk of being the next to be affected by the epidemic, WHO’s health security response chief Isabelle Nuttall said on Thursday.

The virus is known to have killed almost 4,500 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea this year, and there have been isolated cases in the United States, Germany and Spain.

Oct 14, 2014

India loses WTO dispute over bird flu curbs on U.S. poultry

GENEVA (Reuters) – India broke World Trade Organization rules by blocking U.S. poultry imports because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears, a WTO dispute panel ruled on Tuesday.

India had claimed its import restrictions were justified by international rules on animal health, but the panel agreed with the United States and found that India’s measures were not based on international standards and were discriminatory.

Oct 14, 2014

WHO says Ebola epidemic still spreading in West Africa

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – The Ebola epidemic is still spreading in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and the number of cases in West Africa will exceed 9,000 this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

The death toll so far in the outbreak, first reported in Guinea in March, has reached 4,447 from a total of 8,914 cases, WHO Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said.

Oct 11, 2014

U.N. says thousands likely to be massacred if jihadists take Kobani

GENEVA/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) – Thousands of people most likely will be massacred if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town in full view of Turkish tanks that have done nothing to intervene.

U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said Kobani could suffer the same fate as the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, where 8,000 Muslims were murdered by Serbs in 1995, Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two, while U.N. peacekeepers failed to protect them.

Oct 10, 2014

Thousands ‘will most likely be massacred’ if Kobani falls to jihadists, U.N. warns

GENEVA/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) – Thousands of people “will most likely be massacred” if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town in full view of Turkish tanks that have done nothing to intervene.

U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said Kobani could suffer the same fate as the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, where 8,000 Muslims were murdered by Serbs in 1995, Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two, while U.N. peacekeepers failed to protect them.

Oct 10, 2014

Thousands ‘will most likely be massacred’, U.N. warns, as fighters push into Kobani

GENEVA/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) – Thousands of people “will most likely be massacred” if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town in full view of Turkish tanks that have done nothing to intervene.

U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said Kobani could suffer the same fate as the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, where 8,000 Muslims were killed by Serbs in 1995, Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two, while U.N. peacekeepers failed to protect them.

Oct 10, 2014

U.N. envoy calls on Turkey to prevent Srebrenica-style massacre in Kobani

GENEVA (Reuters) – A U.N. envoy called on Turkey on Friday to help prevent a slaughter in the Syrian border town of Kobani at the hands of Islamic State fighters, saying he feared a repeat of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre when thousands died.

Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations’ envoy to Syria, appealed to Ankara to let “volunteers” cross the frontier so that they can reinforce Kurdish militias defending the town that lies within sight of Turkish territory.