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Experts call for stepped-up hepatitis battle

Experts call for stepped-up hepatitis battle

 

The world can beat the cancer-causing disease hepatitis if it raises its game, but treatment programmes need to go hand in hand with those tackling the likes of HIV, experts said Thursday.


July 24, 2014 - 20:25 GMT

Russia says U.S. sanctions break WTO rules, could cause trade dispute

 

The latest U.S sanctions against Russia violate World Trade Organization rules and may force Moscow into a destabilizing trade dispute, Russia's ambassador told the Geneva-based trade body on Thursday.


July 24, 2014 - 16:04 GMT
Mediterranean boat people numbers soar to near 100,000 this year

Mediterranean boat people numbers soar to near 100,000 this year

 

Almost 100,000 boat people have made the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe this year, a roughly 60 percent increase on the whole of last year, and about 800 have died in the attempt, the U.N.


July 24, 2014 - 14:44 GMT
Iraqi jihadists order genital mutilation of all women

Iraqi jihadists order genital mutilation of all women

 

Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said Thursday.


July 24, 2014 - 13:28 GMT
Militants order female genital mutilation in Iraq: U.N.

Militants order female genital mutilation in Iraq: U.N.

 

Militant group Islamic State has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.


July 24, 2014 - 12:50 GMT
Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster

Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster

 

GENEVA - Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts.


July 24, 2014 - 09:04 GMT
UN rights council launches probe into Israel's Gaza offensive

UN rights council launches probe into Israel's Gaza offensive

 

Geneva AFP - The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday launched a probe into Israel's Gaza offensive, backing efforts by the Palestinians to hold the Jewish state up to international scrutiny.


July 23, 2014 - 19:25 GMT

U.N. launches inquiry into Israeli violations in Gaza

 

GENEVA Reuters - The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Wednesday to launch an international inquiry into violations that may have been committed during Israel's latest military offensive in Gaza.


July 23, 2014 - 17:46 GMT
UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

 

GENEVA - The U.N.'s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes.


July 23, 2014 - 14:57 GMT

Red Cross urges all sides in Ukraine civil war to uphold law

 

All sides in Ukraine's civil war must protect civilians and take what measures they can to search for those killed on the downed Malaysian airliner and ensure their bodies are returned to their families, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.


July 23, 2014 - 13:09 GMT
UN rights chief: Strong possibility of Gaza crimes

UN rights chief: Strong possibility of Gaza crimes

 

GENEVA - The U.N.'s top human rights official has told diplomats that Israel's military and Hamas militants appear to have violated international humanitarian law and might have committed war crimes during their two-week war in the Gaza Strip.


July 23, 2014 - 10:27 GMT

Israel, Palestinians trade 'war crimes' accusations at U.N. debate

 

GENEVA Reuters - Israel and the Palestinians accused each other of war crimes at an emergency debate at the U.N.


July 23, 2014 - 10:03 GMT

U.N.'s Pillay says Israel may be committing war crimes

 

Israel may have committed war crimes by killing civilians and shelling houses and hospitals during its two-week-old offensive in the Gaza Strip, U.N.


July 23, 2014 - 09:45 GMT
UN rights chief condemns Israel and Hamas

UN rights chief condemns Israel and Hamas

 

Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said Wednesday while also condemning indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants Hamas.


July 23, 2014 - 09:18 GMT
UEFA shuts PSG stands over abuse of disabled Chelsea fans

UEFA shuts PSG stands over abuse of disabled Chelsea fans

 

French club Paris Saint-German were ordered by UEFA to close part of their stadium as punishment for their supporters' abuse of disabled Chelsea fans during their Champions League quarter-final match in April.


July 22, 2014 - 18:33 GMT

Ukraine war crimes trials a step closer after Red Cross assessment

 

The Red Cross has made a confidential legal assessment that Ukraine is officially in a war, Western diplomats and officials say, opening the door to possible war crimes prosecutions, including over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH-17.


July 22, 2014 - 09:45 GMT

Credit Suisse has $779M loss in 2Q due US tax case

 

GENEVA - Credit Suisse AG has posted a second-quarter net loss of 700 million Swiss francs $779 million after paying the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S criminal tax case.


July 22, 2014 - 07:51 GMT

U.N. rights forum to hold emergency session on Gaza

 

The United Nations Human Rights Council said it would hold an emergency session on Israel's two-week-old offensive in Gaza on Wednesday at the request of Egypt, Pakistan and the Palestinians.


July 21, 2014 - 13:06 GMT

Man triggers security alert in Geneva by stopping tram

 

A man who set off a security alert in Geneva on Saturday when he stopped a tram to retrieve bags that included a book with a radical Islamist image in it appears to have been drunk, police said.


July 19, 2014 - 13:54 GMT
UN delivers first aid to besieged Syrian town since 2012

UN delivers first aid to besieged Syrian town since 2012

 

The United Nations has delivered life-saving aid to thousands of people in the besieged Syrian town of Moadamiyet al-Sham for the first time since early 2012, humanitarian agencies said on Friday.


July 18, 2014 - 20:48 GMT
UN's health agency worried about growing child obesity

UN's health agency worried about growing child obesity

 

The number of obese and overweight children in the world could balloon from 44 million in 2012 to 75 million in 2025, the World Health Organisation WHO warned on Friday.


July 18, 2014 - 20:12 GMT
Governments agree to stem cancer-causing arsenic in rice, says UN

Governments agree to stem cancer-causing arsenic in rice, says UN

 

Governments have agreed the first international standards limiting cancer-causing arsenic pollution in rice, a key move to protect consumers of what is a staple food for billions, the UN said Thursday.


July 17, 2014 - 17:04 GMT

Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 in Zurich

 

GENEVA - Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s with his energetic performances and recordings that included producing his childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died.


July 17, 2014 - 11:23 GMT

Novartis cites momentum in 3 percent profit rise

 

GENEVA - Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG says its second-quarter profit rose 3 percent from a year earlier, reflecting solid growth and an increased focus on core products.


July 17, 2014 - 06:25 GMT
AIDS could be wiped out by 2030: UN

AIDS could be wiped out by 2030: UN

 

Global AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by over a third in a decade, raising hopes of beating the killer disease by 2030, the United Nations said Wednesday.


July 16, 2014 - 15:50 GMT

Hard to justify Britain's data collection law: UN's Pillay

 

An emergency data collection law being rushed through the British parliament may not address concerns raised by the European Court of Justice and are difficult to justify, the U.N.


July 16, 2014 - 11:16 GMT

UN: Nations hide rise in private digital snooping

 

GENEVA - The United Nations' top human rights official says her office sees strong evidence that governments on every continent are hiding their increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens' digital lives.


July 16, 2014 - 10:22 GMT
Governments agree to rein in veterinary drugs in food

Governments agree to rein in veterinary drugs in food

 

Governments have agreed new food standards calling for zero residue of veterinary drugs in meat, and limiting lead pollution in infant formula and toxins in maize, a UN body said Tuesday.


July 15, 2014 - 20:53 GMT
West Africa Ebola toll hits 603

West Africa Ebola toll hits 603

 

The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 603, the World Health Organization WHO said on Tuesday, with 68 new fatalities mostly in Sierra Leone and Liberia.


July 15, 2014 - 14:01 GMT

Swiss Lindt buys US candy maker Russell Stover

 

GENEVA - Swiss chocolate maker Lindt and Spruengli says it is buying U.S manufacturer Russell Stover Candies, Inc., for an undisclosed sum.


July 14, 2014 - 08:08 GMT
UN tells Europe it must do more to help Syria refugees

UN tells Europe it must do more to help Syria refugees

 

Europe has taken in only a minuscule number of refugees from Syria and must do more to help the war-torn country's neighbours shoulder the burden, the UN's refugee agency said Friday.


July 12, 2014 - 00:06 GMT
Thailand faces trade ban over ivory failings

Thailand faces trade ban over ivory failings

 

Thailand faces an international wildlife trade ban unless it reins in its illegal ivory sector, which is a magnet for traffickers, global regulator CITES said on Friday.


July 11, 2014 - 17:36 GMT
Israeli strikes on Palestinian homes could breach laws of war: UN

Israeli strikes on Palestinian homes could breach laws of war: UN

 

Israel could be violating the laws of war by bombing Palestinian homes in Gaza, the UN's human rights office said Friday, as the death toll from the Israeli strikes rose to 100.


July 11, 2014 - 14:22 GMT
UN doubts legality of Israeli air campaign

UN doubts legality of Israeli air campaign

 

GENEVA - The U.N.'s top human rights official says she is alarmed that Israel's air campaign in Gaza may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians.


July 11, 2014 - 13:59 GMT
U.N. asks Europe to take Syrian refugees as region saturated

U.N. asks Europe to take Syrian refugees as region saturated

 

Europe must open its doors to more Syrian refugees, having welcomed only a miniscule number while Syria's neighbors have reached saturation point, the U.N.


July 11, 2014 - 13:36 GMT
Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia: WHO

Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia: WHO

 

Ebola continues to rage in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6-8, the World Health Organization WHO said on Friday.


July 11, 2014 - 08:14 GMT
WHO warns HIV 'exploding' among gay men, urges preventive drugs

WHO warns HIV 'exploding' among gay men, urges preventive drugs

 

HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization warned Friday, urging all men who have sex with men to take antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection.


July 11, 2014 - 07:30 GMT

Gaza healthcare services on brink of collapse -WHO

 

Health services in the occupied Palestinian territory are on the brink of collapse amid severe shortages in medicines and fuel for hospital generators, as the Gaza conflict with Israel deepens, the World Health Organization warned on Thursday.


July 10, 2014 - 23:51 GMT
De Mistura to be named new U.N. Syria mediator: diplomats

De Mistura to be named new U.N. Syria mediator: diplomats

 

GENEVA Reuters - U.N.


July 09, 2014 - 15:36 GMT
Helicopter firm files complaint over Schumacher records

Helicopter firm files complaint over Schumacher records

 

Swiss helicopter company Rega filed a criminal complaint on Tuesday for the suspected leak of Michael Schumacher's medical files as the seven-times Formula One champion undergoes neurological rehabilitation.


July 08, 2014 - 18:19 GMT
Swiss helicopter firm denies involvement in Schumacher theft

Swiss helicopter firm denies involvement in Schumacher theft

 

A Swiss helicopter company on Tuesday denied that any of its staff had been involved in leaking a medical file on injured Formula One champion Michael Schumacher and filed a lawsuit over the theft.


July 08, 2014 - 16:29 GMT

UN: 50 new Ebola cases in 2 African nations

 

GENEVA - The U.N. health agency says there have been 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia since last week as the disease, among the deadliest in the world, keeps spreading in West Africa.


July 08, 2014 - 15:19 GMT
Fifty new Ebola cases and 25 deaths in West Africa: WHO

Fifty new Ebola cases and 25 deaths in West Africa: WHO

 

GENEVA Reuters - Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3, as the deadly virus continues to spread, the World Health Organization WHO said on Tuesday.


July 08, 2014 - 14:34 GMT
Trade talks on $1 trillion in environmental goods

Trade talks on $1 trillion in environmental goods

 

GENEVA - Diplomats from the United States, China and the European Union began talks Tuesday with 11 other countries toward a deal that would cut tariffs on almost $1 trillion of environmental goods.


July 08, 2014 - 09:25 GMT

UN: Lone woman heads 1 in 4 Syria refugee families

 

GENEVA - More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan are headed by women who are the sole caregivers and face daily threats of violence while often lacking the means to put food on the table, the United Nations said Tuesday in a report meant to galvanize more support for those suffering from Syria's civil war.


July 08, 2014 - 07:15 GMT

UN: Lone woman heads 1-in-4 Syria refugee families

 

GENEVA - The United Nations' refugee agency says more than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan are headed by women who are the sole caregivers.


July 08, 2014 - 06:39 GMT

Trade body issues mixed ruling in US-China dispute

 

GENEVA - An appeals body of the World Trade Organization has decided it lacked enough information to uphold China's objections to a U.S law meant to help American companies that face unfair foreign competition.


July 07, 2014 - 16:01 GMT
6.6 million Syrian children now in need of aid: UNICEF

6.6 million Syrian children now in need of aid: UNICEF

 

More than six million children affected by the Syria conflict desperately need humanitarian aid, the UN's children's agency said Friday, with the number in need rising by a third in a year.


July 04, 2014 - 19:48 GMT
UN: MERS deadly but most cases are preventable

UN: MERS deadly but most cases are preventable

 

GENEVA - Infection rates for the Middle East respiratory syndrome are slowing and scientists hope to know enough in a year or so to be able to stop the dangerous coronavirus from spreading further internationally, a top U.N.


July 03, 2014 - 14:58 GMT
UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

 

GENEVA - The head of the U.N.


July 03, 2014 - 09:47 GMT
Ethiopia facing flood of S.Sudan refugees: UN

Ethiopia facing flood of S.Sudan refugees: UN

 

Ethiopia is facing a huge wave of refugees from South Sudan, where the spectre of famine threatens to heap further misery on a people already blighted by civil war, the UN's food aid agency warned on Wednesday.


July 02, 2014 - 16:42 GMT

Ebola toll jumps to 467 as ministers mull response

 

The number of deaths attributed to an epidemic of Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone stood at 467 by Monday, out of 759 known cases in total, the World Health Organization WHO said on Tuesday.


July 01, 2014 - 21:40 GMT
Food rations for 800,000 African refugees slashed: UN

Food rations for 800,000 African refugees slashed: UN

 

Nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa have had their food rations slashed by up to 60 percent, threatening to push many to the brink of starvation, the United Nations warned Tuesday.


July 01, 2014 - 14:21 GMT

U.N. rights office urges restraint after Israeli teens' bodies found

 

GENEVA Reuters - The United Nations human rights office urged on Tuesday all Israelis and Palestinians to exercise maximum restraint after the bodies of three Israeli boys were found near the West Bank city of Hebron.


July 01, 2014 - 09:44 GMT
UN launches probe of rights violations in Eritrea

UN launches probe of rights violations in Eritrea

 

The UN's top human rights body launched an investigation on Friday into widespread abuses in Eritrea, including extrajudicial executions, torture and forced military conscription that can last decades.


June 27, 2014 - 20:57 GMT
UN rights office questions Israeli crackdown amid teen hunt

UN rights office questions Israeli crackdown amid teen hunt

 

The UN's human rights office on Friday urged Israel and its adversaries to exercise restraint amid a crackdown on Palestinians during a hunt for three Jewish teenagers missing in the West Bank.


June 27, 2014 - 18:59 GMT
Risk of Ebola spread in West Africa, WHO warns

Risk of Ebola spread in West Africa, WHO warns

 

The World Health Organization has warned that Ebola could spread beyond hard-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to neighbouring nations, but insisted that travel bans were not the answer.


June 27, 2014 - 18:12 GMT
West African nations should be prepared for Ebola - WHO expert

West African nations should be prepared for Ebola - WHO expert

 

West African nations neighbouring those hit by the Ebola epidemic - Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Guinea Bissau - should prepare for the possible arrival of travellers carrying the deadly virus, the World Health Organization said on Friday.


June 27, 2014 - 15:05 GMT

U.N. agrees to launch human rights inquiry into Eritrea

 

The U.N.


June 27, 2014 - 13:31 GMT
West African nations should be prepared for Ebola: WHO expert

West African nations should be prepared for Ebola: WHO expert

 

West African nations neighboring those hit by the Ebola epidemic - Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Guinea Bissau - should prepare for the possible arrival of travelers carrying the deadly virus, the World Health Organization said on Friday.


June 27, 2014 - 12:25 GMT
UN says 110,000 have fled to Russia from Ukraine

UN says 110,000 have fled to Russia from Ukraine

 

Some 110,000 people have fled to Russia from Ukraine while more than 54,000 have been displaced inside the conflict-torn country, the UN said Friday.


June 27, 2014 - 11:55 GMT

UN: 110,000 fled Ukraine for Russia this year

 

GENEVA - Some 110,000 Ukrainians have fled this year for Russia and another 54,000 have fled their homes but stayed in the country as Ukraine fights separatist rebels, the U.N.


June 27, 2014 - 11:32 GMT

Sharp rise in people fleeing eastern Ukraine: UNHCR

 

GENEVA Reuters - Some 16,400 people fled their homes in eastern Ukraine in the past week, many citing a deteriorating situation and fears of abduction, bringing the number of displaced within the country to 54,000, the U.N.


June 27, 2014 - 10:03 GMT
WHO urges 'drastic action' on Ebola, calls 11-nation meeting

WHO urges 'drastic action' on Ebola, calls 11-nation meeting

 

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that dramatic steps were needed to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, calling an 11-nation meeting to address the crisis.


June 26, 2014 - 13:39 GMT

UN: Strong odds of El Nino's return by end of year

 

GENEVA - There's a strong chance an El Nino weather event will reappear before the end of the year and shake up climate patterns worldwide, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday.


June 26, 2014 - 09:55 GMT

U.N. trade agency says U.S. court ruling on Argentina debt doesn't comply with U.S. law

 

GENEVA Reuters - United Nations trade agency UNCTAD said on Wednesday that the recent U.S court ruling on Argentina's debt erodes sovereign immunity and is not in compliance with the country's own U.S Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act It said in a statement the rulings set legal precedents which could have profound consequences for the international financial system.


June 25, 2014 - 15:47 GMT
Swiss say only decades left for ice artifacts

Swiss say only decades left for ice artifacts

 

GENEVA - Swiss scientists say only decades remain for alpinists and hikers to retrieve items covered for hundreds or even thousands of years by ice which is now melting.


June 24, 2014 - 12:42 GMT
Israeli mom of missing teen pleads for UN to help

Israeli mom of missing teen pleads for UN to help

 

GENEVA - The mother of one of three teenagers missing from settlements in the West Bank is pleading with the United Nations and the world to do more to help find the three boys.


June 24, 2014 - 12:25 GMT
More than 1,000 killed in 17 days in Iraq: UN

More than 1,000 killed in 17 days in Iraq: UN

 

Geneva AFP - More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq between June 5 and 22 as Islamist militants swept through large swaths of northern and western Iraq, the UN said Tuesday.


June 24, 2014 - 10:52 GMT
UN: At least 1,075 killed in Iraq in June

UN: At least 1,075 killed in Iraq in June

 

GENEVA - United Nations human rights monitors say at least 1,075 people have been killed in Iraq during June, most of them civilians.


June 24, 2014 - 10:51 GMT

Egypt death penalties 'obscene', wrong to jail Jazeera trio: U.N.

 

United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Monday that Egypt's death penalty convictions and mass trials are obscene and a complete travesty of justice.


June 23, 2014 - 15:46 GMT
Swiss urge glacier hikers to look for artifacts

Swiss urge glacier hikers to look for artifacts

 

GENEVA - Swiss scientists are urging alpinists and hikers to keep an eye out for lost items in melting ice patches - items lost hundreds or even thousands of years ago.


June 23, 2014 - 13:53 GMT

Re-energized atom smasher back on line next year

 

GENEVA - The world's largest atom smasher is gearing up for its second three-year run after 16 months of maintenance and upgrades.


June 23, 2014 - 11:57 GMT
Ebola spread due to 'relaxation' of efforts

Ebola spread due to 'relaxation' of efforts

 

The recent rapid spread of Ebola in three countries in West Africa has come in part because efforts to contain the deadly virus have been relaxed, Pierre Formenty, a World Health Organisation specialist, told AFP on Saturday.


June 21, 2014 - 19:41 GMT
More than 50 million driven from homes by war, crisis

More than 50 million driven from homes by war, crisis

 

Geneva AFP - The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syria hardest hit, the UN refugee agency said Friday.


June 20, 2014 - 05:56 GMT
UN warns Britain over child voodoo victims, sex tourists

UN warns Britain over child voodoo victims, sex tourists

 

Hundreds of children are believed to have been kidnapped in Africa and brought to Britain for brutal voodoo rituals, a UN watchdog said, urging London to do more to combat the scourge.


June 20, 2014 - 04:55 GMT
Freed Bahraini activist urges government to seek reconciliation

Freed Bahraini activist urges government to seek reconciliation

 

One of the Arab world's best-known human rights activists urged his native Bahrain on Wednesday to look beyond the Sunni-Shi'ite divide to end a political stand-off in the U.S-allied kingdom.


June 18, 2014 - 20:30 GMT
West Africa Ebola death toll hits 337: WHO

West Africa Ebola death toll hits 337: WHO

 

The death toll in west Africa's three-nation Ebola outbreak has risen to 337, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, making it the deadliest ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever.


June 18, 2014 - 13:42 GMT

U.N.'s Pillay says separatists taking east Ukraine into a dead end

 

Armed separatists in eastern Ukraine have achieved nothing but the creation of a climate of insecurity which is ruining their own region, U.N.


June 18, 2014 - 12:25 GMT

UN: Hundreds killed, detained in Ukraine breakdown

 

GENEVA - U.N. monitors in Ukraine say they're documenting a steady rise in killings, torture and abductions by armed groups in the country's east.


June 18, 2014 - 11:54 GMT

WHO warns of Mideast virus threat to pilgrims

 

GENEVA - The World Health Organization says efforts to prevent the spread of a dangerous virus need to be stepped up ahead of the start of the pilgrimage season to Saudi Arabia.


June 17, 2014 - 11:43 GMT

UN panel warns Syria, Iraq edges to regional war

 

GENEVA - A U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes is sounding the alarm that the entire region is on the brink of war.


June 17, 2014 - 11:28 GMT
UN rights chief denounces 'cold-blooded' Iraq executions

UN rights chief denounces 'cold-blooded' Iraq executions

 

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned a series of cold-blooded killings of Iraqi soldiers and religious leaders by Sunni militants, saying it amounted to war crimes.


June 16, 2014 - 19:11 GMT
Female mutilation a means of male power over women: UN rights chief

Female mutilation a means of male power over women: UN rights chief

 

Female genital mutilation, the excision of the clitoris practised widely in African and many Muslim countries, is a means for men to maintain control of women and must be eradicated, U.N.


June 16, 2014 - 16:08 GMT

Oilfield company leaves Switzerland over pay rules

 

GENEVA - Oilfield services company Weatherford International Ltd. says shareholders have approved a move from Switzerland to Ireland.


June 16, 2014 - 13:42 GMT
Motor racing-Schumacher admitted to Lausanne hospital: spokesman

Motor racing-Schumacher admitted to Lausanne hospital: spokesman

 

Formula One ex-champion Michael Schumacher was admitted on Monday to the University Hospital of Lausanne, in western Switzerland, after leaving a French hospital where he had been in a coma since a ski accident last December, a spokesman said.


June 16, 2014 - 11:35 GMT

UN chief says Iraq reports are 'deeply disturbing'

 

GENEVA - The U.N.


June 16, 2014 - 07:43 GMT
UN warns of war crimes, atrocities in Iraq

UN warns of war crimes, atrocities in Iraq

 

GENEVA - With Islamic insurgents pushing toward Baghdad, the U.N.'s top human rights official expressed extreme alarm Friday at reports of war crimes.


June 13, 2014 - 17:31 GMT
Africa surpasses Asia in ivory seizures: CITES

Africa surpasses Asia in ivory seizures: CITES

 

Several African countries have made great strides in clamping down on ivory smuggling, with large seizures for the first time exceeding those made in prime destination Asia, UN wildlife regulator CITES said Friday.


June 13, 2014 - 15:07 GMT

U.N. human rights spokesman says hundreds killed in Iraq

 

The number of people killed after Sunni Islamist militants overran the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this week may run into the hundreds, U.N.


June 13, 2014 - 10:04 GMT

Study: 20,000 elephants poached in Africa in 2013

 

GENEVA - GENEVA - An international wildlife regulator says more than 20,000 elephants were poached last year in Africa, where large seizures of smuggled ivory eclipsed those in Asia for the first time.


June 13, 2014 - 09:38 GMT

UN: 800,000 Iraq refugees from fighting this year

 

GENEVA - The U.N. refugee agency says Iraq's refugee population has increased by almost 800,000 this year as the government struggles against rebels and Islamic militants.


June 13, 2014 - 09:38 GMT

Indonesia challenges EU over anti-dumping on biodiesel imports -WTO

 

Indonesia has followed Argentina in complaining to the World Trade Organisation that anti-dumping duties imposed by the European Union on biodiesel imports since May last year are in breach of global trading rules.


June 11, 2014 - 12:40 GMT

Oil company, group agree on Congo park plan

 

GENEVA - An agreement announced Wednesday between a London-based oil company and a wildlife protection group could prevent oil drilling in a national park in Africa where 200 endangered mountain gorillas live.


June 11, 2014 - 07:51 GMT
Soco, WWF strike deal to halt oil drive in Africa's oldest park

Soco, WWF strike deal to halt oil drive in Africa's oldest park

 

Environmental campaigners WWF and oil exploration firm Soco International announced on Wednesday that the British firm had agreed to halt its hunt for oil in part of Africa's oldest national park.


June 11, 2014 - 03:14 GMT
Iran, US hold direct talks in Geneva for nuclear deal

Iran, US hold direct talks in Geneva for nuclear deal

 

Representatives from Iran and the United States meet in Geneva Monday for their first full-scale official talks in decades aimed at bridging the gaps in negotiations for a deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.


June 09, 2014 - 02:45 GMT
62 African migrants, crew drown off Yemen: UN

62 African migrants, crew drown off Yemen: UN

 

Sixty migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia along with two Yemeni crew members drowned on May 31 in the worst such tragedy off the coast of Yemen this year, the UN said Friday.


June 06, 2014 - 19:44 GMT

More than 60 migrants drown in boat sinking off Yemen: U.N.

 

At least 60 African migrants and two Yemeni crew perished in the treacherous waters off Yemen's coast last weekend, in a boat sinking that has just come to light and is believed to be the deadliest there this year, the United Nations said on Friday.


June 06, 2014 - 19:44 GMT
Fighting in Iraq's Anbar forces 500,000 to flee: UNHCR

Fighting in Iraq's Anbar forces 500,000 to flee: UNHCR

 

The number of people driven from their homes by months of fighting in western Iraq's Anbar province may have spiralled to nearly 480,000, the UN refugee agency warned on Friday.


June 06, 2014 - 19:15 GMT

Libyan jails marked by torture, lack of due process: U.N.

 

About 14,000 Libyans and refugees languish in overcrowded prisons in Libya, marked by torture, deplorable conditions and a lack of due process, the United Nations said on Friday.


June 06, 2014 - 16:04 GMT
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