From GATT-Uruguay Round
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SUNS # 7907  Monday  3 November 2014

Health : EU pushing for right to intercept medical products in transit    (PRIV)
(Chee Yoke Ling, Geneva)
The European Union is pushing for a right to intercept and seize medical product shipments in transit on the way to final importing destinations, on the grounds of suspected quality, safety and efficacy.

Canada : Accused of failing to prevent overseas mining abuses    (PRIV)
(IPS, Washington)
The Canadian government is failing either to investigate or to hold the country's massive extractives sector accountable for rights abuses committed in Latin American countries, according to petitioners who testified here Tuesday before an international tribunal.

Development : Better water management needed to eradicate poverty    (PRIV)
(IPS, Stockholm)
It demands repetition: water is a precondition for all life. It keeps us alive - literally - while being a prerequisite for or integral part of most of our daily activities.

Bangladesh : ‘Char dwellers' in search of higher ground    (PRIV)
(IPS, Kurigram)
Jahanara Begum, a 35-year-old housewife, is surrounded by thatched-roof homes, all of which are partially submerged by floodwater.

Cuba : Crisis fuelled resurgence of horse-drawn carriages    (PRIV)
(IPS, Havana)
Up and down the streets of towns and cities in Cuba go horse-drawn carriages with black leather tops and large back wheels, alongside more simple carts, operating as public transportation.

Environment : There's CO2 under those hills    (PRIV)
(IPS, Lucca)
"If they go ahead and dig those wells, all my work will be destroyed, all my life, everything," says Franca Tognarelli, looking at the hills and vineyards around her house in Certaldo, Val d'Elsa, in the heart of Tuscany.

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