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Nusa Dua (Indonesia) (AFP) - World commerce ministers engaged in feverish bargaining Friday, trying to salvage a trade package on the final day of a WTO meeting amid warnings that failure could permanently cripple the global trade body. New World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo of Brazil is pushing for agreement on a modest package of measures at a conference on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. The main hurdle to emerge in Bali is India's insistence that it be allowed to stockpile and subsidise grain for its millions of hungry poor. Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has rejected calls for compromise but indicated he had no plans to break off the talks.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The monsoon rains have struck and the crowd remains huddled under a canopy, near plates of steaming food, as Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (vo-REN-gay ba-nee-ma-RA-ma) strolls down the red carpet to open a waterfront picnic park in Fiji's capital, Suva. News photographers scamper around him, but only after it is announced that they are invited to record the event.