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× World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

GENEVA --- Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and facing instead 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…