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China opposes release of WTO report on rare earths

China said Friday it opposes the release of a WTO report about its export curbs on rare earths—exotic minerals used in mobile phones and other high-tech products—following news accounts that the document rejects Beijing's ...

Nov 01, 2013
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Poorest WTO members win new patent-rule waiver

The globe's poorest nations have won an eight-year extension of a waiver on intellectual property rules, but still need to hold talks on the vexed issue of pharmaceutical patents, World Trade Organization officials said Tuesday.

Jun 11, 2013
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EU court maintains seal fur ban

An EU court in a much-anticipated ruling Thursday upheld a 2010 ban on seal products, throwing out an appeal by fur traders including native Inuit from Canada and Greenland, and Scottish sporran-makers.

Apr 25, 2013
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Asian gecko threatened by medicine trade

Activists warned Thursday that wild populations of Southeast Asia's striking Tokay Gecko were in danger of being over-hunted for use in traditional medicine in China and other countries.

Apr 11, 2013
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Agriculture disputes threaten new US-EU talks

(AP)—President Barack Obama used Washington's grandest stage—the State of the Union speech—to announce negotiations with Europe aimed at creating the world's largest free trade agreement. Just weeks later, there are ...

Mar 24, 2013
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