World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

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JAMEY KEATEN and PAUL WISEMAN Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics call "the law of the jungle.'' The United States, under a president who favors a go-it-alone approach to economics and diplomacy, appears to prefer it that way. The terms of two of the last three judges on the WTO's appellate body end Tuesday. Their departure will deprive the de facto Supreme Court of world trade of its ability to issue rulings. Among the disputes left in limbo are seven cases that have been brought against Trump's decision last year to declare foreign steel and aluminum a threat to U.S. national security and to hit them wit
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