Paralysis at the political level continues to stymie attempts to move forward in the WTO Doha talks on farm trade, sources said, after a meeting on the controversial

After more than two years of negotiations, the European Council and European Parliament have signed a provisional agreement that, if approved, would ban illegal timber from entering the EU.

Trade officials from Brazil and the United States reached a place-holder accord that delays until 2012 the imposition of trade sanctions in a protracted dispute over Washington



The veil of official secrecy that has shrouded talks on an

UN climate talks held in Bonn, Germany over the weekend produced only modest progress in the negotiations toward a global deal to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. The sluggish pace of the weekend discussions suggests that 2010 may turn out to be a painfully slow year for the multilateral climate talks.