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WTO chief 'very hopeful' for 2020 deals after appeals body dies

10 Dec 2019

GENEVA The head of the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday he was "very hopeful" that WTO members could conclude by mid-2020 talks on cutting fishing subsidies, seen by many as essential for the Geneva-based body to remain relevant, among other deals.

WTO ban on tariffs for digital trade extended until June 2020

10 Dec 2019

GENEVA World Trade Organization (WTO) members agreed on Tuesday to renew a 20-year moratorium on placing tariffs on digital trade for six months, allaying fears that people would have to pay duties on e-books and software for the first time.

RPT-Trade war goes digital: countries eye tariffs on Internet economy

09 Dec 2019

GENEVA, Dec 6 A 20-year global moratorium on imposing tariffs on digital trade could end next week if India or South Africa makes good on threats, according to trade officials and documents, potentially forcing people to pay duties on software and movie downloads.

Trade war goes digital: countries eye tariffs on Internet economy

06 Dec 2019

GENEVA A 20-year global moratorium on imposing tariffs on digital trade could end next week if India or South Africa makes good on threats, according to trade officials and documents, potentially forcing people to pay duties on software and movie downloads.

Global temperature rises could bring 'destructive' effects, U.N. says

26 Nov 2019

GENEVA Global temperatures could rise sharply this century with "wide-ranging and destructive" consequences after greenhouse gas emissions hit record levels last year, international climate experts warned on Tuesday. | Video

Greenhouse emissions hit new record, could bring 'destructive' effects – U.N.

26 Nov 2019

GENEVA, Nov 26 Greenhouse gas emissions surged to a record level last year and world temperatures could rise more than twice the globally agreed warming limit if nothing is done, a U.N. report showed on Tuesday.

Greenhouse gases accelerate to new peak in 2018, U.N. says

25 Nov 2019

GENEVA Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018, exceeding the average yearly increase of the last decade and reinforcing increasingly damaging weather patterns, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday. | Video

Fishing vessels pushing vaquita porpoise to extinction - U.N. treaty head

19 Nov 2019

GENEVA A rare species of porpoise is facing imminent extinction as fishing vessels appear to be flouting an international ban on them entering its last sanctuary, off the coast of Mexico, the head of a U.N. treaty said.

Iraq expresses regret at protester deaths, defends handling of unrest

11 Nov 2019

GENEVA Iraqi officials expressed "deep regret" on Monday at the death of protesters during weeks of unrest but defended Baghdad's handling of the situation.

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