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SUNS # 8425 Monday 20 March 2017

Trade : Indian TFS draft faces sharp questions, intense scrutiny (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Many developing and least-developed countries, including members of the African Group, sharply questioned India at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday (16 March) over its proposal to negotiate a standalone agreement on Trade Facilitation for Services (TFS) without any prior mandate, services negotiators told SUNS.

United Nations : Israeli settlement activity at core of rights violations in OPT (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Israeli settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) is a key driver of humanitarian need in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and lies at the core of a range of human rights violations, a United Nations report has said.

Environment : Has Monsanto orchestrated a massive cancer cover-up? (PRIV)
(Reynard Loki, New York)
Monsanto suffered a major setback Tuesday when a federal judge in San Francisco unsealed documents that call into question the agri-chemical giant's research practices and the safety of its best-selling herbicide, RoundUp, the world's most-produced weedkiller.

United Nations : Facing famines, conflicts and now US funding cuts (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
In the midst of responding to the worst humanitarian crisis since records began, the UN is now faced with potential funding cuts from its biggest donor, the United States.

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