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World Health Organization seeks to end hepatitis

Geneva - The World Health Organization has called upon the nations of the world to come together and to work towards the global eliminate of hepatitis.

Endangered species poached in protected areas: WWF

Geneva - Illegal poaching, logging and fishing of sometimes critically endangered species is taking place in nearly half of the world's most protected natural sites, environmental campaigners WWF warned Tuesday.

Swiss oasis for legal cannabis, without the high

Lausanne - A grey-haired woman in her early 60s daintily lifts small trays topped with different varieties of marijuana to her nose, sniffing each of them carefully."Which one would you recommend for someone with medical issues?

Diarrhoea kills more than 500 in Somalia since January: UN

Geneva - Cholera and acute diarrhoea have killed more than 500 people and left tens of thousands of others sick in drought-hit parts of Somalia since January, the United Nations said Thursday.

Growing risk of 'mass' starvation deaths in Africa, Yemen: UN

Geneva - The United Nations warned Tuesday of a growing risk of mass deaths from starvation among people living in conflict and drought-hit areas of the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria.An "avoidable humanitarian crisis...

African migrants seeking Europe sold as 'slaves' for $200

Geneva - African migrants trying to reach Europe are being sold into slavery in Libya, including for sex, for as little as $200, international monitors said Tuesday, citing testimony from victims.

UN urges EU to stop sending migrants to Hungary

Geneva - European countries must stop returning asylum seekers to Hungary because of deteriorating conditions there for new arrivals including children, and allegations of abuse, the United Nations said Monday.

Swiss Post uses autonomous drones to deliver lab samples

Lugano - The Swiss Post is using autonomous drones to deliver laboratory samples between two hospitals in the city of Lugano with a population of about 150,000 near the Italian border.

'Real' Syria peace talks yet to start: UN

Geneva - The UN on Friday said "incremental" progress was made during a fifth round of talks between Syria's warring parties, but warned the "real peace negotiations" had yet to begin.

Credit Suisse apparent target of massive tax fraud probe

Geneva - Authorities in Europe and Australia announced a sweeping tax evasion probe Friday reportedly targeting Credit Suisse clients and senior employees, as investigators detailed arrests and the seizure of artworks and gold.

Syrian opposition rejects 'any role' for Assad

Geneva - The Syrian opposition to the Damascus regime said Thursday it rejected "any role" now or in the future for current President Bashar al-Assad, even though the United States now says Assad's departure is no longer a priority to end the conflict.

UN experts call US anti-protest bills 'undemocratic'

Geneva - UN experts urged American lawmakers Thursday to stop pushing "undemocratic" anti-protest legislation, which they warned breached US and international law ensuring rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

Syrian refugee numbers pass five million: UN

Geneva - The tally of refugees who have fled the war in Syria now exceeds five million, the United Nations said Thursday.

No peace deal in Syria without US role: opposition

Geneva - A political deal to end the Syrian conflict is not possible without a strong US role, the opposition's chief negotiator told AFP, warning that Washington's absence was threatening ongoing peace talks.

Disaster costs nearly double to $175bn in 2016: Swiss Re

Geneva - Devastating earthquakes, floods, hailstorms and wildfires, along with man-made devastation, helped push global disaster costs to $175 billion (161 billion euros) last year, reinsurer Swiss Re said on Thursday.

Spiders are top of the global predator chart

Lund - Spiders sit atop of the global predator chart according to a new biological study. This is based on the calculation that spiders consumes 400 million to 800 million tonnes of primarily insect prey every year.

Syrian rivals tackle governance, terrorism at UN talks

Geneva - Syrian rivals will tackle all agenda items at peace talks this week, including political transition, the United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura said Friday, warning not to expect "miracles.

Third of Yemen provinces on brink of famine: UN

Geneva - A third of Yemen's 22 provinces are on the brink of famine, the UN said Friday, warning that 60 percent of the war-ravaged country's population was going hungry.

Swiss open probe into spying on Turks in Switzerland

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Friday they had opened an investigation into alleged spying on members of the Turkish community in Switzerland by an unspecified "intelligence service".

UN to 'urgently' send rights probe to Myanmar

Geneva - The UN rights council agreed Friday to "urgently" launch an investigation into violations against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, including torture, murder and rapes allegedly committed by troops.
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