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Diplomats make trade deal to cut red tape, poverty

 

GENEVA - The World Trade Organization has pulled off a major deal that could boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually after years of negotiation.


November 27, 2014 - 18:12 GMT
5 investigated in FIFA WCup bid corruption probe

5 investigated in FIFA WCup bid corruption probe

 

GENEVA - Five officials, including three long-serving FIFA executive committee members, are being investigated in the corruption probe into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.


November 27, 2014 - 17:31 GMT
Ebola shows WHO needs revamp, says UN reformer Rudd

Ebola shows WHO needs revamp, says UN reformer Rudd

 

The World Health Organization WHO needs reform to prevent a recurrence of crises such as West Africa's Ebola outbreak, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd said on Thursday.


November 27, 2014 - 17:21 GMT
Ebola cases near 16,000, Sierra Leone to overtake Liberia soon with most cases: WHO

Ebola cases near 16,000, Sierra Leone to overtake Liberia soon with most cases: WHO

 

GENEVA Reuters - This story corrects headline to clarify reference to Sierra Leone The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by the end of Nov.


November 27, 2014 - 17:21 GMT

Red Cross seeks $1.68 billion for 2015

 

GENEVA - The International Committee of the Red Cross is asking donors for $1.68 billion next year to help people caught up in armed conflicts, its biggest request ever and 25 percent larger than the current budget.


November 27, 2014 - 12:13 GMT
Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground: WHO

Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground: WHO

 

GENEVA Reuters - The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by the end of Nov.


November 26, 2014 - 18:48 GMT
U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report

U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report

 

GENEVA Reuters - United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods.


November 26, 2014 - 15:39 GMT
Kazakhstan on brink of WTO membership deal, Afghanistan in line

Kazakhstan on brink of WTO membership deal, Afghanistan in line

 

The 160-member World Trade Organization is in active discussions with 10 countries aiming to become members, including Kazakhstan and Afghanistan, WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said in a report on Tuesday.


November 25, 2014 - 16:27 GMT
U.N. rights chief faults U.S. law enforcement after Ferguson grand jury

U.N. rights chief faults U.S. law enforcement after Ferguson grand jury

 

GENEVA Reuters - U.S authorities should review how race-related issues affect law enforcement and justice to tackle a deep and festering mistrust in some sectors of the population, U.N.


November 25, 2014 - 15:23 GMT

56 countries seek carbon capture incentives in next climate deal

 

GENEVA Reuters - Fiscal incentives for carbon capture should be part of the global climate change agreement that replaces the Kyoto Protocol, 56 countries belonging to the U.N.


November 25, 2014 - 10:17 GMT

Syngenta, Swiss agribusiness, targets 1,800 jobs

 

GENEVA - Agrochemicals giant Syngenta says it is eliminating or reshuffling 1,800 jobs globally as part of a $1 billion cost-cutting program to boost earnings.


November 24, 2014 - 09:14 GMT
Ebola death toll rises to 5,459 - WHO

Ebola death toll rises to 5,459 - WHO

 

GENEVA Reuters - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov.


November 22, 2014 - 08:06 GMT

Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people out of 119 cases -WHO

 

GENEVA Reuters - An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization WHO said on Friday.


November 21, 2014 - 18:58 GMT
Ebola death toll rises to 5,459: WHO

Ebola death toll rises to 5,459: WHO

 

GENEVA Reuters - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov.


November 21, 2014 - 16:56 GMT
WHO declares end of separate Ebola outbreak in Congo

WHO declares end of separate Ebola outbreak in Congo

 

GENEVA Reuters - The World Health Organization WHO declared on Friday that an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo was over after no people showed symptoms for two incubation periods since the last case.


November 21, 2014 - 12:19 GMT
WHO braces for bird flu spread in European poultry

WHO braces for bird flu spread in European poultry

 

The World Health Organization cautioned Tuesday that a new kind of bird flu hitting European poultry farms would spread among birds, after Britain confirmed its outbreak was of the same strain as in the Netherlands and Germany.


November 20, 2014 - 17:26 GMT

U.N. probing alleged Eritrea rights abuses blamed for migrant exodus

 

The United Nations has begun to investigate suspected human rights abuses in Eritrea blamed for an exodus of migrants from the Horn of Africa country, U.N.


November 20, 2014 - 16:14 GMT

UN says killings, displacement rise in Ukraine

 

GENEVA - United Nations human rights investigators say the number of killings and people displaced by fighting in Ukraine continues to rise despite the Sept. 5 announcement of a cease-fire.


November 20, 2014 - 11:11 GMT
Eastern Ukraine fighting kills 13 per day despite ceasefire: U.N.

Eastern Ukraine fighting kills 13 per day despite ceasefire: U.N.

 

GENEVA Reuters - Fighting in Eastern Ukraine has killed an average of 13 people each day in the eight weeks since a Sept.


November 20, 2014 - 10:18 GMT
Nigeria crisis of 'enormous concern': UN

Nigeria crisis of 'enormous concern': UN

 

Growing violence by Islamist extremists has forced more than 1.5 million Nigerians to flee their homes and is deepening an already dire humanitarian situation in Nigeria, the UN warned Wednesday.


November 20, 2014 - 00:05 GMT

Ebola-infected Cuban doctor to be flown to Geneva for treatment

 

GENEVA Reuters - A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone will be flown to Switzerland in the next 48 hours for treatment in a Geneva hospital, Swiss health authorities said on Wednesday.


November 19, 2014 - 20:14 GMT
Bird flu spread likely, human cases unlikely but possible: WHO

Bird flu spread likely, human cases unlikely but possible: WHO

 

New cases of bird flu detected in Europe will likely hit other bird populations and may infect a few people, though the virus is highly unlikely to spread in the human population, the World Health Organization WHO said on Tuesday.


November 19, 2014 - 20:13 GMT

Swiss protesters to stop lobbying annual Davos Economic Forum

 

Anti-corporate activists declared moral victory over the annual Davos World Economic Forum of global business and political leaders on Wednesday and said they would no longer lobby there after the next meeting in January.


November 19, 2014 - 18:29 GMT
Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone as toll rises: WHO

Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone as toll rises: WHO

 

GENEVA Reuters - The toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,420 deaths out of 15,145 cases in eight countries, the World Health Organization WHO said on Wednesday, with transmission of the deadly virus still intense and widespread in Sierra Leone.


November 19, 2014 - 18:18 GMT

Eckert, Garcia to meet amid FIFA probe crisis

 

GENEVA - The judge and prosecutor behind FIFA's World Cup bid corruption investigation will meet Thursday in an effort to repair their relations and restore the reputation of a case seemingly in disarray.


November 19, 2014 - 17:31 GMT

Anti-corporate groups to stop attending Davos

 

GENEVA - Two anti-corporate campaign groups say they will stop staging protests at the World Economic Forum because the annual meeting of political and business leaders in the Swiss Alps is no longer relevant.


November 19, 2014 - 11:25 GMT

CERN scientists discover 2 new subatomic particles

 

GENEVA - Scientists at the world's largest smasher say they have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe.


November 19, 2014 - 11:25 GMT
WHO braces for bird flu spread in European poultry

WHO braces for bird flu spread in European poultry

 

The World Health Organization cautioned Tuesday that a new kind of bird flu hitting European poultry farms would spread among birds, after Britain confirmed its outbreak was of the same strain as in the Netherlands and Germany.


November 19, 2014 - 04:22 GMT
Firmino scores in Brazil victory over Austria

Firmino scores in Brazil victory over Austria

 

GENEVA - Brazil newcomer Roberto Firmino made his mark on the international scene Tuesday, before Lionel Messi's Argentina faced Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in England.


November 18, 2014 - 21:10 GMT
World Health Organisation braces for bird flu spread in Europe

World Health Organisation braces for bird flu spread in Europe

 

A new kind of bird flu hitting European poultry farms will surely spread among birds, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, urging countries to be vigilant.


November 18, 2014 - 14:55 GMT



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