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European states to create anti-trafficking taskforce

European states to create anti-trafficking taskforce

Switzerland, Germany and Italy are preparing to launch a joint taskforce to detect and dismantle networks smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

   August 28, 2015 - 20:15 GMT

U.N. plans new Libya talks next week in Geneva

The United Nations plans a new round of talks between Libya's warring factions next week in Geneva in an effort to form a unity government and end the country's crisis, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

   August 28, 2015 - 16:33 GMT

Armed group frees 163 children in Central African Republic

GENEVA - UNICEF says an armed militia group in Central African Republic has released 163 children, some of thousands who have been conscripted in jobs like cooks, messengers, and even combatants.

   August 28, 2015 - 14:58 GMT

Hungary's barrier plan worsens plight of migrants, helps smugglers: IOM

Hungary is exacerbating the problem of people-smuggling with its plan to build a barrier to restrict the flow of migrants and refugees into the country, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday.

   August 28, 2015 - 12:05 GMT

Mediterranean refugee and migrant numbers pass 300,000 in 2015

The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has passed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 in the whole of 2014, the U.N.

   August 28, 2015 - 11:42 GMT
Mediterranean migrant crossings top 300,000 in 2015: UN

Mediterranean migrant crossings top 300,000 in 2015: UN

Geneva AFP - The number of refugees and migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean to Europe has soared past 300,000 this year, and some 2,500 more have died trying, the UN said Friday.

   August 28, 2015 - 09:54 GMT
Italian BASE jumper dies in Swiss Alps stunt

Italian BASE jumper dies in Swiss Alps stunt

A 46-year-old Italian plunged to his death in the Swiss Alps Thursday after crashing onto rocks during a BASE jump, the second such accident in Switzerland in under a year, police said.

   August 27, 2015 - 22:53 GMT
Arms treaty conference agrees decisions by majority in Mexico

Arms treaty conference agrees decisions by majority in Mexico

Countries behind a treaty to regulate the international arms trade have agreed future decisions will be made by majority vote, avoiding the risk of veto, and picked Geneva as the seat of the body to police the accord, Mexico's government said on Wednesday.

   August 27, 2015 - 04:49 GMT

UN refugee chief seeks better EU cooperation on migrants

GENEVA - The chief of the U.N.

   August 26, 2015 - 19:52 GMT
Barcelona heads 32-team CL draw

Barcelona heads 32-team CL draw

GENEVA -- The Champions League season takes shape Thursday when UEFA draws 32 elite teams into groups in Monaco.

   August 26, 2015 - 15:15 GMT
Barcelona heads 32-team draw for Champions League groups

Barcelona heads 32-team draw for Champions League groups

GENEVA - The Champions League season takes shape Thursday when UEFA draws 32 elite teams into groups in Monaco.

   August 26, 2015 - 09:42 GMT
WHO to study use of sanctions as part of global epidemic response

WHO to study use of sanctions as part of global epidemic response

The World Health Organization said Tuesday it will study the idea of using sanctions to punish countries that do not comply with global health regulations, following widespread failures in the response to the Ebola outbreak.

   August 25, 2015 - 20:28 GMT
UN condemns first executions in Kurdish region in 7 years

UN condemns first executions in Kurdish region in 7 years

The UN on Tuesday condemned the execution by the government of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region of three people convicted of murder and kidnapping, in the first use of the death penalty in the region in seven years.

   August 25, 2015 - 17:35 GMT

Gunmen storm ICRC office in Yemeni city of Aden

GENEVA Reuters - Unidentified gunmen raided the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Yemeni port city of Aden on Monday, holding staff at gunpoint and stealing cars, cash and equipment, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

   August 25, 2015 - 12:38 GMT
U.N. rights chief urges Maldives to release former president

U.N. rights chief urges Maldives to release former president

U.N.

   August 25, 2015 - 11:24 GMT

UN rights arm denounces executions in Iraq's Kurdish region

GENEVA - U.N.

   August 25, 2015 - 11:23 GMT
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