By Randy Fabi and Tom Miles GENEVA/NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The first global trade reform since the creation of the World Trade Organization is ready for agreement by ministers from the body's 159 member countries later on Friday, sources involved in the talks said. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo has drafted a text that he will submit to the full membership, signaling that he believes he has found terms that are acceptable to all members, including India which had raised vocal objections over agriculture. Barring any last-minute veto, the deal aims to slash red tape at customs around the world, give improved terms of trade to the poorest countries, and allow developing countries to skirt the normal rules on farm subsidies if they are trying to feed the poor. It would also revive confidence in the WTO's ability to negotiate global trade deals, after a string of failures that left the body at risk of sliding into irrelevance.
An al Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack on Yemen's defense ministry that killed at least 52 people, the country's worst militant assault in 18 months. "As part of the policy of targeting the operation rooms of pilotless planes, the mujahideen (holy fighters) have heavily struck one of these rooms in the Ministry of Defence headquarters," Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law) said in a Twitter message posted early on Friday. The group is an offshoot of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Thursday's attack, in which 167 people were wounded, was carried out by a suicide bomber and gunmen wearing army uniforms.