Collapsed trade talks take two steps toward revival

International trade, jeopardized by collapse last September of World Trade Organization negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, received two lifts this month.First, Robert Zoellick, the US trade representative, took a surprise step toward promptly reviving the trade talks.Then Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri withdrew from the race to become the Democratic Party's candidate for the US presidency.Gephardt is a standout supporter of organized labor and trade protectionism who already had announced he wouldn't seek reelection to the House of Representatives.He effectively ended his political career by leaving the presidential race after garnering delegate support of only 10% in the Jan. 19 ...

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