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WTO agrees global
trade deal worth $1tn

BBC News [UK], by Andrew Walker

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/7/2013 5:45:44 AM

Ministers from 159 countries have reached a deal intended to boost global trade at a meeting in Bali, Indonesia. The World Trade Organization´s first comprehensive agreement involves an effort to simplify the procedures for doing business across borders. There will also be improved duty-free access for goods sold by the world´s poorest countries. The deal, which could add about $1tn to world trade, gives developing nations more scope to increase farm subsidies. "For the first time in our history, the WTO has truly delivered," said WTO chief Roberto Azevedo, as the organisation reached its first comprehensive agreement since it was

Comments:
While everyone was focused on other crises, our leaders opened wide our ports to those countries, besides China, who do not consider public or animal health a crucial concern. "Red tape" will be cut--will this do away with some of the security measures imposed on imports since 9/11?

Finally, have you noticed that imported goods from former "third world countries," not to mention our own, are slowly becoming shoddier and more prone to break irreparably? One measure is to see the number of Lands´ End products (among some other formerly respected names) sold by discount retailer Sierra Trading Post.

      


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WTO agrees global
trade deal worth $1tn
BBC News [UK], by Andrew Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/7/2013 5:45:44 AM     Post Reply
Ministers from 159 countries have reached a deal intended to boost global trade at a meeting in Bali, Indonesia. The World Trade Organization´s first comprehensive agreement involves an effort to simplify the procedures for doing business across borders. There will also be improved duty-free access for goods sold by the world´s poorest countries. The deal, which could add about $1tn to world trade, gives developing nations more scope to increase farm subsidies. "For the first time in our history, the WTO has truly delivered," said WTO chief Roberto Azevedo, as the organisation reached its first comprehensive agreement since it was

   

 

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Obamas will travel to South Africa
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Daily Mail [UK], by Snejana Farberov, Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 8:20:23 PM     Post Reply
The White House has announced that the President and First Lady will be traveling to South Africa next week to pay respects to Nelson Mandela. Mr Obama and his wife Michelle will be attending memorial events for the fallen South African leader but the specific details of when they will arrive or what events they will be attending have not been disclosed. The South African government announced that the formal state funeral will take place on December 15, capping off a 10-day mourning period. The Obamas are just two of a long list of international dignitaries who are expected to

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 8:06:42 PM     Post Reply
Sasha and Malia Obama helped their dad ring in the holiday season tonight by attending the 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony outside the White House. President Obama joked that he would only count down from five to light the tree, since he didn´t want to keep anyone waiting in the rainy weather. ´It´s a little wet out there, so we shouldn´t start at 10,´ the president said. The president then flipped the switch and the tree sprung into multicolored life. The dramatic lighting was followed by performances from Aretha Franklin, who sang ´Joy to the World´, and Mariah Carey.

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Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 7:53:40 PM     Post Reply
Family doctors have been accused of failing cancer sufferers after the first ever GP league tables found more than half are not referring such patients to specialists quickly enough. [Snip] Experts said the failure to refer patients quickly explained Britain’s place at the bottom of European league tables, with worse survival rates for major cancers than many countries in Eastern Europe. The national performance data--which covers all 8,000 GP practices in England--enables patients to look up their own surgery, and see how it performs against dozens of indicators about diagnosis and treatment of most of the common diseases and

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Daily Mail [UK] & Associated Press, by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 5:28:49 PM     Post Reply
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Nelson Mandela: he was never
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Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 5:05:44 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 8:40:44 AM     Post Reply
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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 7:57:24 AM     Post Reply
Demcoratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made waves on Thursday by predicting that his GOP counterpart, House Speaker John Boehner, will ultimately ´cave in´ and green-light a comprehensive immigration reform bill. But Republicans´ frustrations ignore the fact that most U.S. Hispanics prefer their approach to the thorny subject over the Democrats´ central idea. Reid, a Nevadan, told the Las Vegas Sun that Boehner is ´going to cave in´ eventually because of outside pressure from Hispanic activists. ´I think there’s going to be so much pressure on the House that they’ll have to pass it,´ he said. ´If the Republicans ever

   

 

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US economy jumped by shock
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America is still in a slump
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2013 5:33:44 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Gross Domestic Product jumped by an annual rate of 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013, the U.S. Commerce Department said, surprising analysts who had forecasted a more modest 2.8 percent increase in the nation´s economic output. Commerce´s Bureau of Economic Affairs released its quarterly economic report on Thursday. Growth in the second quarter of the year was just 2.5 percent. That´s a dramatic improvement from the 0.12 percent growth during 2009, the first year of Barack Obama´s presidency. But it pales in comparison to the 7.71 percent average annual growth seen during the Reagan years.



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WASHINGTON — Without Nelson Mandela, there might never have been a President Obama. That is the strong impression conveyed from Mr. Obama, whose political and personal bonds to Mr. Mandela, the former South African president, transcended their single face-to-face meeting, which took place at a hotel here in 2005. It was the fight for racial justice in South Africa by Mr. Mandela that first inspired a young Barack Obama to public service, the American president recalled on Thursday evening after hearing that Mr. Mandela, the 95-year-old world icon, had died. Mr. Obama delivered his first public speech, in 1979, at

   

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