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SUNS # 8236 Monday  9 May 2016


Trade: US and friends line up against development goals in Doha services talks (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Several developing and least-developed countries on Tuesday (May 3) pressed for adhering to the "developmental" goals in restarting the unfinished Doha services negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Finance: Flows to offshore financial hubs remain sizeable (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Investment flows to offshore financial hubs, including to offshore financial centres (OFCs) and special purpose entities (SPEs), while registering a decline, nevertheless remain significant, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said.

Finance: Global OTC derivatives market falls to $493 trillion (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The global market for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives saw a broad-based decline in activity in the second half of 2015, with the notional amount of outstanding contracts falling from $552 trillion to $493 trillion between end-June 2015 and end-December 2015, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has said.

United Nations: Could the UN be doing more to protect journalists? (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
As the world commemorates World Press Freedom Day, a coalition of some 35 press freedom groups is calling on the 193-member General Assembly to appoint a Special Representative of the Secretary-General to monitor and oversee the safety of journalists worldwide.

Cuba: The family garden going out of style in countryside (PRIV)
(IPS, Havana)
In the past, all rural homes in Cuba had gardens for putting fresh vegetables on the dinner table. The local term for these gardens is "conuco", a word with indigenous roots that is still used in several Caribbean nations.

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