Latest news from Geneva.

Ukraine agreement built on fragile foundations

 

The agreement designed to pull Ukraine back from the brink of civil war had been floundering around lunchtime on Thursday, so U.S Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Sergei Lavrov, a smoker, stepped outside for a private word in the open air.


April 18, 2014 - 18:46 GMT
Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

 

The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.


April 18, 2014 - 03:43 GMT

Kerry condemns anti-Semitic leaflet in eastern Ukraine

 

U.S Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as grotesque on Thursday the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities.


April 17, 2014 - 22:12 GMT
Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now

 

GENEVA - In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.


April 17, 2014 - 21:58 GMT

Text of joint statement on Ukraine

 

GENEVA - Here is the joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of the U.S, Russia, Ukraine and European Union after seven hours of talks Thursday in Geneva:


April 17, 2014 - 17:37 GMT

Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine

 

GENEVA - Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.


April 17, 2014 - 17:08 GMT
Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

 

GENEVA - Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.


April 17, 2014 - 17:08 GMT

U.S., Russia, Ukraine, EU call for end to Ukraine violence

 

The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Thursday together called for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.


April 17, 2014 - 17:01 GMT
Russia: deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Russia: deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

 

GENEVA - Russia's foreign minister says top diplomats have agreed to take immediate steps toward calming tensions in Ukraine.


April 17, 2014 - 16:54 GMT
Diplomats eye joint statement on Ukraine

Diplomats eye joint statement on Ukraine

 

GENEVA - A Russian official says top diplomats from the U.S, EU, Ukraine and Russia are trying to forge a joint position on the crisis in Ukraine.


April 17, 2014 - 14:26 GMT
Putin makes thinly-veiled invasion threat as Ukraine talks open

Putin makes thinly-veiled invasion threat as Ukraine talks open

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin left the door open to intervening in Ukraine Thursday in a thinly-veiled threat that coincided with the opening of crunch Geneva talks on the escalating crisis.


April 17, 2014 - 14:12 GMT
Ukraine, US work to reduce tensions with Russia

Ukraine, US work to reduce tensions with Russia

 

GENEVA - Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.


April 17, 2014 - 12:20 GMT
Crisis Talks On Ukraine Are Held In Geneva

Crisis Talks On Ukraine Are Held In Geneva

 

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - RIL 17: Police guard the Intercontinental hotel on April 17, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.


April 17, 2014 - 11:06 GMT
Ukraine, US to alternately cajole, threaten Russia

Ukraine, US to alternately cajole, threaten Russia

 

GENEVA - Ukraine is seeking to pacify Russia even as the U.S prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what Washington says are Russian efforts to foment unrest in the former Soviet state.


April 17, 2014 - 05:15 GMT
Pro-Russia separatists take armor, humiliating Ukraine forces

Pro-Russia separatists take armor, humiliating Ukraine forces

 

Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin.


April 17, 2014 - 04:06 GMT

US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

 

GENEVA - A senior U.S official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic sanctions.


April 16, 2014 - 20:46 GMT
'Broke' U.N. agency pleads for help in Central African Republic

'Broke' U.N. agency pleads for help in Central African Republic

 

Inter-communal violence is tearing Central African Republic apart but the conflict is not getting the attention, or aid, needed to save huge numbers of lives, the head of the U.N.


April 16, 2014 - 20:09 GMT
C.Africa crisis risk to global security, says UN refugee chief

C.Africa crisis risk to global security, says UN refugee chief

 

UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that the conflict in Central African Republic could embroil the whole region and threaten global security.


April 16, 2014 - 15:28 GMT

UN seeks $274 million for Central African Republic

 

GENEVA - The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million Wednesday to help people fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic, warning that the dire needs of hundreds of thousands can't be met with existing funds.


April 16, 2014 - 12:52 GMT

Separatist actions 'concocted' to disrupt Ukraine talks: Kiev envoy

 

Unrest in eastern Ukraine is a concocted pretext engineered by Russia that aims to disrupt four-way talks on Ukraine due to take place on Thursday, Kiev's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said on Tuesday.


April 15, 2014 - 11:55 GMT

U.N. finds fear-mongering by pro-Russians in Ukraine

 

GENEVA Reuters - Ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine have falsely claimed to be under attack to justify Russian involvement, a report by the U.N.


April 15, 2014 - 08:45 GMT

World trade predicted to improve next year

 

GENEVA - The World Trade Organization predicts global commerce will grow 5.3 percent next year, an improvement that would bring it back in line with its 1993-2013 historic average.


April 14, 2014 - 13:39 GMT

UN rights chief slams 'rampant' torture in Syria

 

GENEVA - The U.N.'s top human rights official has condemned the rampant use of torture in detention facilities in Syria.


April 14, 2014 - 10:49 GMT

Nestle chairman to be treated for curable illness

 

GENEVA - Swiss food and drinks giant Nestle says its chairman, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, requires treatment for an illness, but that it won't affect his duties at the conglomerate.


April 11, 2014 - 19:37 GMT

Militias in Central African Republic block Muslims exit to Cameroon: U.N.

 

Christian militia forces are blocking the main roads used by Muslim civilians trying to flee Central African Republic to Cameroon and attacking the refugees, the United Nations said on Friday, citing accounts from traumatized victims.


April 11, 2014 - 17:28 GMT
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