By  on December 15, 2008

GENEVA — Renewed efforts to broker a breakthrough deal in the troubled Doha global trade talks by yearend and lower barriers to trade in agriculture and industrial goods were derailed Friday.

Bitter differences among the U.S., Brazil, China and India over slashing duties more aggressively in select industrial sectors, and largely between the U.S. and India over terms for a special safeguard to shield poor farmers from surges in imports, torpedoed hopes of calling ministers to Geneva to close a deal before the Christmas break.

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