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SUNS # 8601 Thursday 21 December 2017

Trade : Azevedo accountable to GC on Alibaba-WEF-DG e-com initiative (PRIV)
(Roberto Bissio, Buenos Aires)
The public endorsement by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo of the "Enabling E-commerce" initiative and his active participation at its launch here last week during the eleventh ministerial conference (MC11) of the WTO in Buenos Aires is a drastic departure from his stated policy and may be "illegal" or contrary to explicit WTO rules, according to observers and some trade delegations.

Central America : Builds interconnected clean energy corridor (PRIV)
(IPS, San Salvador)
Countries in Central America are working to strengthen their regional electricity infrastructure to boost their exchange of electricity generated from renewable sources, which are cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

Pakistan : Gets its first one-stop shop for women fighting violence (PRIV)
(IPS, Karachi)
Sliced noses, broken ribs, fractured fingers, slashed arms, bruised and bloodied faces with teeth missing and eyes swollen... Sana Jawed, 30, has been witnessing these brutalities for over a decade.

Mideast : Much more than a "kiss of death" to Palestinians (PRIV)
(IPS, Rome)
US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital does not only represent a "kiss of death" to the two-State solution, but also a strong blow in the face of 57 Muslim countries, let alone igniting fire in this easily inflammable region, providing more false arguments to criminal terrorist groups to escalate their brutal attacks, in addition to taking a step further in Washington's new conflict with Iran and the "restructuring" of the Middle East.

Opinion : Rise of teenage pregnancy deters development goals (PRIV)
(IPS, Santo Domingo)
A few years ago, someone shared a video with me that deeply impacted me. It was called "The Girl Effect". In three minutes, the video demonstrates the fate of millions of girls and teenagers around the world.

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