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Greta warns world leaders at climate protest before Davos

Lausanne - Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg issued a warning to world leaders at a protest in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday, days before the start of the Davos summit of the world's political and business elites.

Trophy hunt of protected Alpine ibex sparks Swiss debate

Vex - A woman wearing a bright orange vest aims her rifle and on her second shot, a large Alpine ibex with majestic curved horns collapses in the snow.

UN warns more extreme weather ahead after hottest decade on record

Geneva - The past decade has been the hottest on record, the UN said Wednesday, warning that the higher temperatures were expected to fuel numerous extreme weather events in 2020 and beyond.

First case of mystery SARS-like virus found outside China

Geneva - A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS disease has spread beyond China's borders for the first time with a case emerging in Thailand, UN and Thai officials said on Monday.

Switzerland grapples with assisted suicide for prisoners

Geneva - A request by a convict behind bars for life is testing Switzerland's support for assisted suicide, raising complex questions over whether ill prisoners can seek help to end their own lives.

Socialist Sommaruga takes over Swiss presidency

Geneva - Cabinet member Simonetta Sommaruga of the Socialist Party took over the Swiss presidency on Wednesday, a largely ceremonial role that rotates between leading political parties.

UN experts slam reported 'torture' of detained Iran protesters

Geneva - A group of independent UN rights experts strongly criticised Tehran Friday, warning thousands could still be detained after a deadly crackdown on mass protests last month and voicing alarm at reports that inmates have been tortured.

Op-Ed: Brilliant, multi-coloured candy with no additives? It’s here!

Zurich - Food colouring and other additives are often considered to be dietary hazards, with good reason. The dyes usually aren’t food, just more chemicals. Now, a new technique is delivering incredibly coloured candies, particularly chocolate.

UN targets electrifying all of world's refugee camps

Geneva - The UN set itself a daunting challenge this week aimed at improving the lives of displaced people, reining in climate change and even preventing conflict: to bring electric power to all refugee camps by 2030.

'Turning point' as number of male smokers drops: WHO

Geneva - The number of male tobacco users is falling for the first time, the World Health Organization said Thursday, hailing a "major shift" in efforts to kick the world's deadly tobacco addiction.

UN hails 'decisive shift' in refugee assistance at global meet

Geneva - The UN hailed Wednesday a "decisive shift" in the approach to helping surging numbers of displaced people, after a summit ended with billions in donations and concrete promises to simplify refugee integration.

Italy faces complaint at UN over 'abusive' Libya asylum returns

Geneva - Campaigners filed a complaint with the UN on Wednesday against Italy over a teenage migrant who was sent back to Libya in 2018 along with other migrants, where he was shot, beaten and subjected to forced labour.

Lack of refugee aid forced Turkey into Syria operation : Erdogan

Geneva - A lack of international assistance to Turkey to support millions of refugees on its soil pushed Ankara to launch operations in northeast Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

Rich nations urged to do 'fair share' at global refugee meet

Geneva - The UN urged countries Tuesday to take joint responsibility for caring for surging numbers of displaced people, while wealthy nations faced criticism for not shouldering their "fair share" of the burden.

Global refugee summit must not deliver 'empty words': activist refugee

Geneva - This week's global summit aimed at boosting support for the world's refugees should look to the displaced themselves for direction, a refugee leader said Monday.

As global refugee meet begins, rich nations urged to do 'fair share'

Geneva - A global refugee summit opens in Geneva Tuesday amid calls for concrete actions to help a surging number of displaced people, and for wealthy nations to shoulder their share of the burden.

Gender workplace equality 257 years away: WEF

Geneva - Women may have to wait more than two centuries for equality at work, according to a report on Tuesday showing gender inequality growing in workplaces worldwide despite increasing demands for equal treatment.

As displacement soars, global meet to seek new paths to help refugees

Geneva - As the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes continues to climb worldwide, a global summit in Geneva next week will aim to drum up fresh and concrete support for refugees.

Chile police response to protests 'repressive': UN

Geneva - Chilean police responded to recent mass protests in a "fundamentally repressive manner," resulting in serious abuses including unlawful killings and torture, UN investigators said Friday.

Chile police response to protests 'repressive': UN

Geneva - Chilean police responded to recent mass protests in a "fundamentally repressive manner", resulting in serious abuses including unlawful killings and torture, UN investigators said Friday.
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