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Swiss police detain Tibet protesters as Xi arrives

Geneva - Swiss police on Sunday detained 32 people protesting conditions in Tibet as Chinese President Xi Jinping began a state visit in the wealthy Alpine nation.

Cyprus talks stumble over fate of Turkish troops

Geneva - Hopes for a peace deal in Cyprus stalled on Friday over a decades-old dispute, with the rival sides at loggerheads over the future of Turkish troops on the divided island.

Cypriot leaders, key powers vow to push ahead towards deal: UN

Geneva - Rival Cypriot leaders, along with top diplomats from Turkey, Greece and Britain, agreed Thursday to push on with efforts to reunite the divided island and end one of the world's longest-running political rows.

Vegan woman denied Swiss passport for being annoying

Gipf-oberfrick - A woman in Switzerland has been denied a Swiss passport because residents thought her animal rights campaigning was annoying.

Cypriot leaders, key powers vow to push on towards deal

Geneva - Rival Cypriot leaders, along with top diplomats from Turkey, Greece and Britain, agreed to push on with efforts to reunite the divided island and end one of the world's longest-running political rows.

UN chief in Geneva for Cyprus peace talks

Geneva - New UN chief Antonio Guterres will attend talks in Geneva Thursday aimed at ending decades of stalemate in a divided Cyprus, in his first foreign trip since becoming secretary-general on January 1.

Cypriot leaders to swap maps on unified island

Geneva - Rival Cypriot delegations will on Wednesday present maps detailing their visions for how internal boundaries should be drawn as they pursue talks aimed at ending Cyprus's 42-year division.

Cypriot leaders press bid to reach peace deal

Geneva - Rival Cypriot leaders returned to the negotiating table Tuesday to press on with a bid to end their country's 42-year-old division, but hopes of a deal hung in the balance.

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

Zurich - FIFA's ruling council on Tuesday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, in a major coup for the body's president Gianni Infantino.

'Moment of truth' as new Cyprus peace talks begin

Geneva - Rival Cypriot leaders on Monday resumed UN-backed peace talks seen as a historic opportunity to end decades of conflict on the divided island, but the outcome is far from certain."We are now in the final moment.

Cyprus future in the balance at new peace talks

Geneva - Rival Cypriot leaders resume UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva on Monday billed as a historic opportunity to end decades of conflict on the divided island, but the outcome is far from certain.

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 pass 5,000: UN

Geneva - The number of migrants and refugees who have perished while trying to cross the Mediterranean this year has passed 5,000, the UN said Friday after two more deadly shipwrecks.

28 Russians face action over tampered Sochi Olympics samples

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee has launched an inquiry into 28 Russians suspected of tampering with doping samples at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in a new blow to Russia's efforts to redeem its name.

UN says east Aleppo observers on ground to monitor evacuation

Geneva - The UN said Thursday that it had deployed dozens of observers in east Aleppo to monitor the last stage of an evacuation, which is clearing the way for Syria's army to retake the city.

UN rights chief urges Philippines to probe president for murder

Geneva - The UN rights chief urged the Philippines Tuesday to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte for murder, after he boasted that he in the past had personally killed suspected criminals.

Swiss police say Muslim prayer hall shooter found dead

Geneva - Swiss police said Tuesday that they had found the body of a man suspected of opening fire and injuring three men at a Muslim prayer hall in Zurich.

Three hurt in shooting at Muslim prayer hall in Zurich: police

Zurich - A man burst into a Muslim prayer hall in the Swiss city of Zurich on Monday and started shooting, injuring three men, according to police, who have launched a manhunt for the shooter.

Swiss parliament finally agrees on EU migrant curbs plan

Geneva - The Swiss parliament on Friday finally agreed on a plan to curb immigration from the EU, as called for in a 2014 referendum, without jeopardising its vital relationship with the bloc.

Migrant deaths soar globally, most in Mediterranean: IOM

Geneva - The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday.

Poorest countries falling further behind: UN

Geneva - The planet's poorest countries are falling further behind the rest of the world and cannot catch up without more aid and favourable trade deals, a UN report said Tuesday.
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