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SUNS # 9383 Thursday 8 July 2021

Trade : Progress in TRIPS waiver talks despite new hurdles created by EU (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Amidst the groundswell of international support for the proposed TRIPS waiver at the World Trade Organization, the proponents of the waiver on 6 July expressed confidence and optimism on the progress being made in the ongoing small-group consultations in paving the way for an outcome on the waiver, said people familiar with the development.

United Nations : Ready for breakaway nations but the pace remains slow (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
When the United Nations renovated its building at a cost of over $2.1 billion, as part of a seven-year refurbishing project back in 2014, the seating in the cavernous General Assembly hall was increased from 193 to 204 - primarily in anticipation of at least 11 new member states joining the world body sooner or later.

El Salvador : Families search for loved ones gone missing (PRIV)
(IPS, San Salvador)
The pain that Maria Estela Guevara feels over the disappearance of her niece Wendy Martinez remains as intense as it was four years ago, when she learned that the young woman, then 31, had vanished without a trace in eastern El Salvador.

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