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Asia, Europe migrants putting our humanity to the test: Red Cross

Ginebra - Surging numbers of migrants risking their lives on rickety boats both in Southeast Asia and on the way to Europe are a test of the world's humanity, the Red Cross chief told AFP in an interview.

UN urges Asian states to take in migrants as boat crisis worsens

Ginebra - The UN rights and refugee chiefs and other top officials Tuesday called on Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to disembark refugees stranded at sea as outrage mounted over Southeast Asia's migrant crisis.

WHO chief announces operations shake-up after Ebola shock

Ginebra - The World Health Organization will dramatically reform its emergency response operations this year, its chief said Monday, after the UN agency faced blistering criticism for its slow Ebola response.

World must step up fight against antibiotic resistance: Merkel

Ginebra - Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday urged all countries to help combat the misuse of antibiotics, which is fuelling drug resistance and allowing long-treatable diseases to become killers.

Russia helps block export restriction on asbestos

Ginebra - Four countries including Russia have blocked a bid to add chrysotile asbestos to a list of dangerous substances subject to export restrictions, participants at a UN meeting in Geneva said Saturday.

Over 100,000 have fled unrest-hit Burundi: UN

Ginebra - More than 100,000 Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries since political violence erupted in April, the United Nations said Friday, as the country reeled from a foiled coup attempt.

Swiss court upholds life sentence for Guatemalan ex-police chief

Ginebra - A Swiss appeals court Tuesday confirmed a life sentence slapped on Guatemala's former police chief Erwin Sperisen for 10 murders committed in the Central American country.

UN preparing vast aid operation in Yemen

Ginebra - United Nations agencies are preparing a massive humanitarian aid operation in Yemen as soon as a planned ceasefire in the conflict-torn country takes effect later Tuesday.

U.S. admits must 'do better' on police practices

Ginebra - The United States acknowledged before the UN Monday that it has not done enough to uphold civil rights laws, following a string of recent killings of unarmed black men by police.

Experts denounce WHO's slow Ebola response

Ginebra - A UN-sponsored report on Monday denounced the World Health Organization's slow response to the Ebola outbreak and said the agency still did not have the capacity to tackle a similar crisis.

Five killed, including guman, in Swiss domestic shooting

Ginebra - A Swiss man killed three in-laws and a neighbour in a town near Zurich before turning his gun on himself, police said Sunday, sending shockwaves through the normally tranquil nation.

U.S. rights record in UN spotlight

Ginebra - The United Nations will on Monday review the U.S. rights record, with police brutality and racism, mass surveillance and the legacy of the "war on terror" in the spotlight.

UN 'whistleblower' on C. Africa child sex scandal reinstated

Ginebra - A UN tribunal has ordered the reinstatement of Swedish official Anders Kompass who was suspended for leaking a report to France about child abuse by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.

Over 38 million people 'internally displaced by conflicts'

Ginebra - Conflicts and violence in places like Syria and Ukraine have displaced a record 38 million people inside their own countries, equivalent to the total populations of New York, London and Beijing, a watchdog group said Wednesday.

Celebrities speak up about Jade Helm

The Jade Helm military training exercise has caused quite a media frenzy. From conspiracy theorists to the Governor of Texas, everyone is on high alert. Now celebrities have begun to speak up about the mysterious military operation.

College student caught on video putting Windex in roommates food

A student at the University of South Carolina is facing criminal charges after she was allegedly caught on a hidden camera secretly poisoning her roommate's food.

100 bodies dug up in remote Nepal trekker's village, more to come

The body count continues to rise over a week after the devastating earthquake in Nepal. On Monday officials found an entire village wiped out. Rescuers and volunteers only reached the small village of Langtang Sunday and what they discovered was horrific.

Belarus rights record under fire at UN

Ginebra - Belarus faced harsh criticism Monday at a UN review of its rights record, with diplomats decrying an "atmosphere of intimidation" and urging the country to ensure free and fair elections.

UN denies cover-up in C. Africa child sex abuse scandal

Ginebra - Faced with mounting pressure to shed light on accusations that French soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic, the United Nations said Friday suggestions of a cover-up were "offensive".

Slow progress on the antibiotic resistance front

Geneva - Despite calls to restrict the use of antibiotics, in order to stem the tide of antibiotic resistance, a new report shows that around three-quarters of the countries in the world have no plans to slow-down on antibiotic use.
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