By Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Snow, sleet, and freezing rain are forecast to hit the eastern United States this weekend, and temperatures will stay below zero in the west, the National Weather Service said, after a deadly winter storm slammed the nation's midsection on Friday. The freeze stretched from the Texas-Mexico border northeast to the Ohio Valley, with the most severe conditions near Dallas, punching through Arkansas and western Kentucky, according to forecasters at AccuWeather.com. "The lingering frigid air will not only lay the path for more ice this weekend, but will also delay recovery in communities dealing with widespread power outages and thus no heat," AccuWeather.com meteorologist Meghan Evans said in an email. Nearly 5,000 customers in Tennessee and roughly 30,000 in Arkansas were without power, energy companies said on Friday.
Nusa Dua (Indonesia) (AFP) - Commerce ministers capped days of hard negotiations Saturday by approving a WTO agreement on international commerce they hailed as a "historic" boost for the trade body. The agreement falls far short of the World Trade Organization's lofty but elusive vision of tearing down global trade barriers through its frustrating, 12-year-old Doha Round of talks. But the accord reached on the Indonesian resort island of Bali nevertheless marks the first global agreement struck by the Geneva-based body since its 1995 founding. "For the first time in our history, the WTO has truly delivered," an exhausted but relieved WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo told a closing ceremony.