By Tom Miles

WTO chief won't debate Trump, but rallies support for trade

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday he would not get into an argument with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has described the global trade body as a "disaster" and threatened to quit it...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 1:30 PM

Wife's bomb hoax caused security scare at Geneva airport

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - A woman who wanted to stop her husband boarding a plane at Geneva has admitted making a false bomb threat, prosecutors said on Wednesday, after hours of...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 4:03 AM

China joins U.N. trucking treaty, stepping onto new Silk Road

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - China has taken a major step towards establishing a speedy new "Silk Road" to Europe by signing up to a U.N. trucking treaty. Fifteen years after joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), China is hoping a...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 5:05 AM

U.S. warns at WTO of China backsliding on economic openness

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States is worried that China is retreating from pledges to open its economy to market forces as it tries to cope with a slowdown in growth, U.S. trade diplomat Chris Wilson told the World Trade Organization on Tuesday...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 8:36 AM

Hunger, looting and now suspected cholera hit South Sudan

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Dozens of people have fallen ill with suspected cholera in South Sudan's capital of Juba, while a U.N. food warehouse was looted and destroyed, incurring $20 million of damage, the United Nations said on Tuesday. "We...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 1:40 PM

Syrian opposition says U.S. must stand up to Russia

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States is failing to stand up to Russia, which is committing "war crimes" in Syria, a leading Syrian opposition negotiator said on Sunday, as Russian-backed forces appeared to tighten the siege on the city of Aleppo...

Sunday, July 17, 2016, 5:46 PM

More Europe-bound migrants may be dying in Sahara than at sea: report

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - African migrants trying to reach Europe may well be dying in greater numbers in the Sahara desert than the thousands who have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, a migration tracking organization said on Friday. A report by...

Friday, July 15, 2016, 12:21 PM

U.S., China clash over market economy status at WTO

(This version of the July 14 story has been refiled to clarify attribution in 10th, 11th paragraphs) By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States warned China on Thursday that it had not done enough to qualify for market economy status,...

Friday, July 15, 2016, 4:53 AM

U.S., China clash over market economy status at WTO

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States warned China on Thursday that it had not done enough to qualify for market economy status, especially in steel and aluminium, sowing the seeds for a trade battle between Washington and Beijing at the end of 2016...

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 11:37 AM

U.S. seeks trade sanctions in India poultry dispute: WTO

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States is seeking trade sanctions against India after winning a dispute at the World Trade Organization regarding Indian restrictions on imports of U.S. poultry meat, eggs and live pigs, the WTO said on Friday...

Friday, July 8, 2016, 6:51 PM

Physics prepares to feast on collider data, seeking dark universe

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at Europe's physics research center CERN are preparing to unwrap the biggest trove of data yet from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), three years after they confirmed the existence of the elusive Higgs boson...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 11:30 PM

A Brexit warning from Switzerland: beware votes on free movement

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - A shock referendum result demanding controls on European Union migration has created a serious headache for politicians, who must do the people's bidding without jeopardizing access to the single market. Not Britain:...

Friday, July 1, 2016, 2:40 PM

Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of contemplating full-scale war

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Ethiopia is contemplating full-scale war against Eritrea, an Eritrean official told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday, as he defended his country against allegations of crimes against humanity. Eritrean and...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 8:05 PM

U.N. early warning report sees Burundi scenario in Congo

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo could descend into a cycle of electoral violence similar to that seen in Burundi and presidential and legislative polls due in November are likely to be delayed, the United Nations warned on Friday...

Friday, June 17, 2016, 10:16 PM

MSF spurns EU funding over 'shameful' Turkey migrant deal

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Friday, June 17, 2016, 2:04 PM

Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of being behind U.N. crimes report

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Eritrea accused Ethiopia on Tuesday of having orchestrated evidence in a landmark U.N. report last week that accused Eritrean leaders of committing crimes against humanity including torture, murder and enslavement....

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 11:37 PM

U.N. agency cuts 2016 estimate for refugee arrivals in Europe via Greece

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency said on Monday it expects 248,000 refugees and migrants to arrive in Europe via the Eastern Mediterranean this year, far lower than the "up to 1 million" it foresaw at the start of the year...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 2:15 AM

Exclusive: Syria requiring released prisoners to join army, opposition says

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria's government has freed prisoners on condition that they join the army upon their release, the president of the opposition Syrian National Coalition told Reuters on Friday, citing reports from Adra Central Prison near...

Friday, June 10, 2016, 10:17 PM

World trade chief says post-Brexit 'WTO option' may be unfeasible for UK

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The idea that Britain could scrap all import tariffs to avoid long, messy trade negotiations after quitting the European Union is "almost theoretical" and probably not feasible, the head of the World Trade Organisation said in an...

Monday, June 6, 2016, 8:06 PM

After 50-year hunt, science finds pentaquarks

By Tom MilesGENEVA (Reuters) - Data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) outside Geneva appears to have proved the existence of particles made of five quarks, solving a 50-year-old puzzle about the building blocks of matter, scientists said on Tuesday.Quarks are the tiny ingredients of sub-atomic...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 7:32 AM