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Aug 6, 2014

WHO consults ethics experts on wider use of experimental Ebola drugs

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – The use of an experimental drug on two U.S. charity workers with the deadly Ebola virus has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to consider the implications of making such treatments more widely available, it said on Wednesday.

The Geneva-based agency, which is hosting a two-day Emergency Committee of experts to decide on the international response to the disease that has killed nearly 1,000 people in West Africa, said it would convene a meeting of medical ethics experts early next week.

Aug 6, 2014

WHO consulting ethics experts on experimental Ebola drugs

GENEVA (Reuters) – The use of an experimental drug to treat two U.S. charity workers stricken by the deadly Ebola virus has prompted the World Health Organization to consider the implications of making such treatments more widely available, it said on Wednesday.

The Geneva-based agency, which is hosting a two-day Emergency Committee of experts to decide on the international response to the disease that has killed nearly 1,000 people in West Africa, said it would convene a meeting of medical ethics experts early next week.

Aug 6, 2014

Ebola death toll rises to 932 – WHO

GENEVA, Aug 6 (Reuters) – The death toll from the world’s
worst Ebola outbreak has risen to 932 after 45 patients died
between Aug. 2 and Aug. 4, the World Health Organization said in
a statement on Wednesday.

The number of suspected, probable or confirmed cases rose by
108 over the same period to 1,711. Of the newly reported deaths,
27 were in Liberia, which has had 516 cases and 282 deaths from
the disease since the outbreak began in February.

Aug 5, 2014

UNICEF laments Gaza child casualties, warns of task ahead

GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 400 children have been killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza, and almost a thousand times as many are traumatized and face an “extraordinarily bleak” future, the top UNICEF official in Gaza said on Tuesday.

Pernille Ironside, head of the field office run by the U.N. children’s agency in Gaza, said rebuilding children’s lives would be part of a much larger effort to reconstruct the Palestinian enclave once the fighting has stopped for good.

Aug 4, 2014

WTO failure points to fragmented future for global trade

GENEVA (Reuters) – India has dealt a potentially fatal blow to the World Trade Organization’s hopes of modernizing the rules of global commerce and remaining the central forum for multilateral trade deals.

In the short term, this is a setback for freer commerce. In the longer run, it means trade liberalization may advance — if at all — among narrower groups of countries, denying dissenters a chance to block progress.

Aug 1, 2014

India says WTO deal not dead, can sign in Sept if concerns addressed

NEW DELHI/GENEVA (Reuters) – India is willing to sign a global trade deal, which it has torpedoed, if other World Trade Organization members can agree to its parallel demand for concessions on stockpiling food, senior officials in New Delhi said on Friday.

The deadline to sign the WTO pact to ease worldwide customs rules lapsed at midnight in Geneva on Thursday after India demanded that the group also finalise an agreement giving it more freedom to subsidise and stockpile food grains than is allowed by WTO rules.

Aug 1, 2014

WHO chief says Ebola out of control but can be stopped

GENEVA (Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is out of control but it can be stopped, World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said on Friday.

“This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” Chan told the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast at a meeting in Guinea’s capital Conakry.

Aug 1, 2014

Nine reasons why India’s WTO veto shocked the world

GENEVA (Reuters) – India’s tough diplomacy blocked a landmark world trade treaty late on Thursday, despite last-ditch talks to rescue what would have been the first global trade reform since the creation of the World Trade Organization 19 years ago.

Trade diplomats in Geneva have said they are “flabbergasted”, “astonished” and “dismayed” and described India’s position as “hostage-taking” and “suicidal”. Here are nine reasons why they say India’s stance made no sense.

Aug 1, 2014

Disappointment, uncertainty after India blocks WTO trade deal

SYDNEY/GENEVA (Reuters) – Several member states of the World Trade Organisation voiced frustration after India’s demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling led to the collapse of the first major global trade reform pact in two decades.

WTO ministers had already agreed the global reform of customs procedures known as “trade facilitation” in Bali, Indonesia, last December, but were unable to overcome last minute Indian objections and get it into the WTO rule book by the July 31 deadline.

Jul 31, 2014

India’s demands block $1 trln WTO deal on customs rules

NEW DELHI/GENEVA, July 31 (Reuters) – The World Trade
Organization failed on Thursday to reach a deal to standardise
customs rules, which would have been the first global trade
reform in two decades but was blocked by India’s demands for
concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

“We have not been able to find a solution that would allow
us to bridge that gap,” WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo
told trade diplomats in Geneva just two hours before the final
deadline for a deal.