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Widow of famed chef Violier to run restaurant after his suicide

Ginebra - The widow of top chef Benoit Violier, whose January 31 suicide shocked the culinary world, said she would take charge of her husband's celebrated restaurant, in an interview published Wednesday.

Ukarimu launches website in Kenya to lift school enrollment rates Special

Nairobi - Ukarimu Project, a not-for-profit organisation running child-centred programs in Homa Bay, Kenya has launched its maiden website ‘Ukarimu.org.’

Assad's Syria regime 'exterminated' detainees, says UN

Ginebra - UN investigators on Monday accused Damascus of "extermination" in its jails and detention centres, saying prisoners were executed, tortured to death or held in such horrific conditions that they perished.

UN panel emerges from shadows with bombshell Assange ruling

Ginebra - The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was thrust into the global spotlight Friday with its finding that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by Sweden and Britain.

Star chefs turn out for funeral of tragic colleague Violier

Lausanne - Some of the world's most famous restaurateurs joined around 1,500 mourners Friday at the Swiss funeral of star chef Benoit Violier, who killed himself last weekend.

Zika nations should allow access to contraception, abortion: UN

Ginebra - The United Nations on Friday urged countries hit by the dangerous Zika virus to let women have access to contraception and abortion.

Under fire for smacking, UN tells France to ban corporal punishment

Ginebra - France, which has come under fire for not fully banning smacking, must "explicitly prohibit" all forms of corporal punishment of children, a UN report said Thursday, criticising its treament of Roma and asylum-seeking minors.

WHO sounds Zika blood warning as Europe sees first pregnancy case

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Thursday advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who have travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus, as Spain announced Europe's first known case of the disease in a pregnant woman.

Syria opposition vows no return to talks 'until humanitarian demands met'

Ginebra - Syria's main opposition group will not return to peace talks until its humanitarian demands are met, chief coordinator Riad Hijab said Wednesday after the UN suspended negotiations in Switzerland until February 25.

Syrian talks suspended as regime, Russia hit rebels hard

Ginebra - Talks aimed at securing peace in Syria were suspended Wednesday as President Bashar al-Assad's regime secured a major battlefield victory against rebels and his ally Russia vowed no-let up in air strikes.

Syrian opposition lead negotiator 'not optimistic' on peace talks

Ginebra - The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator in peace talks in Geneva said on Wednesday he was "not optimistic" about strained efforts to end the nearly five-year war ravaging his country.

Syria opposition chief joins troubled peace push

Ginebra - The head of Syria's main opposition arrived in Switzerland on Wednesday to try to jumpstart formal peace talks, as a defiant Russia vowed no let-up of its aerial bombardment in support of the regime.

US, France accuse Assad of scuppering Syria peace talks

Ginebra - The US and France have accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime of undermining talks to end Syria's civil war, which were suspended hours before donors were due to meet Thursday to raise aid for the conflict-torn country.

A third of migrants sailing to Greece are children: UNICEF

Ginebra - Children now make up over a third of the migrants making the perilous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece, the UN said, as two more babies drowned off Europe's shores.

Syria opposition cancels Tuesday meeting with UN envoy

Ginebra - Syria's main opposition group said Tuesday that it will not attend a planned afternoon meeting with the UN special envoy, adding further doubts about the prospects for peace talks in Switzerland.

Syria govt says peace talks 'still in preparatory phase'

Ginebra - The Syrian government rejected Tuesday that indirect peace talks have properly begun, with the head of its delegation describing negotiations as still in a "preparatory phase" and calling the opposition "not serious".

Brazil issues Olympics warning as WHO declares Zika emergency

Ginebra - Brazil has warned pregnant women to stay away from the Summer Olympics after the World Health Organization declared an international emergency over the Zika virus, blamed for causing a surge in brain-damaged babies.

Study: Middle age marijuana users risk cognitive impairment

It turns out cumulative lifetime use of marijuana as well as current use of weed does a number on one’s cognitive performance in middle-age years. What a bummer.

UN envoy pushes Syrian govt as peace talks 'go deeper'

Ginebra - The UN envoy for Syria sought Tuesday to press President Bashar al-Assad's regime to ease the suffering of ordinary Syrians to enable fragile peace talks in Switzerland to "go deeper".

WHO declares international health emergency over Zika

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Monday said a surge in serious birth defects in South America was "strongly suspected" of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency.
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