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WHO urges investment drive as malaria fight stalls

Geneva - The global fight against malaria has stalled and requires massive investment as well as political leadership, the UN health agency warned in a report published Friday."The world is at a crossroads.

UN experts urge India to end 'collective punishment' in Kashmir

Geneva - A group of UN human rights experts on Thursday urged India to end the communications blackout imposed on Kashmir, warning it amounted to "collective punishment" and risked exacerbating regional tensions.

Microplastics in drinking water not a health risk for now: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday the level of microplastics in drinking-water is not yet dangerous for humans but called for more research into potential future risk.

More than 2,300 tigers killed and trafficked this century: report

Geneva - More than 2,300 endangered tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since the turn of the century, according to a report published Tuesday, urging more action to protect the giant cats.

Ban on sending wild elephants to zoos a step closer

Geneva - The regulator of global wildlife trade will likely ban sending African elephants captured from the wild to zoos after countries supported the move Sunday, in what conservationists hailed as a "historic win".

Wildlife summit mulls trade rules to counter 'unprecedented' species declines

Geneva - Conservationists warned of "unprecedented" species declines Saturday as countries met in Geneva to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory and products from other endangered animal and plants.

Iran must free women held over veil protests: UN experts

Geneva - A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called for the immediate release of three Iranian women given long jail terms for protesting laws compelling women to wear veils.

Global meet to mull trade rules to protect endangered species

Geneva - Specialists will meet in Geneva from Saturday to try to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory, rhino horns and other endangered animal and plant species amid growing alarm over accelerating extinctions.

Countries push to protect sharks, rays

Geneva - Dozens of countries will push at a global meeting for regulations on trade in 18 types of shark and ray, with conservationists warning Thursday of looming extinction for many species.

UN rights chief condemns latest US Venezuela sanctions

Geneva - The UN rights chief on Thursday intensified criticism of US sanctions targeting Venezuela, condemning the latest measures as "extremely broad" with the potential to exacerbate suffering among an already vulnerable population.

Nations agree landmark UN climate report after marathon talks

Geneva - Negotiators from 195 countries on Wednesday finalised the most comprehensive scientific assessment yet of how the land we live off affects climate change, after marathon talks in Geneva, sources told AFP.

UNAIDS to get new chief after divisive Sidibe era

Geneva - AIDS experts have voiced concern over the future of the United Nations body tasked with fighting the epidemic after top officials stood behind a former agency chief accused of serious mismanagement.

Swiss drone crashes near children, leading to drone suspension

Concern has been expressed over drone safety as a drone fell out of the sky and crashed a few yards away from a group of children in Switzerland. This has led to the suspension of the entire drone delivery network for the operating company involved.

UN rights chief condemns Brazil tribal leader's killing

Geneva - The UN rights chief on Monday condemned the "reprehensible" murder of a tribal chief in the Amazon, linking the killing to the pro-mining policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Journalists investigating Russia targeted by cyberattacks: ProtonMail

Geneva - Reporters investigating Russian military intelligence have been targeted by highly sophisticated cyberattacks through their encrypted email accounts, with evidence suggesting Moscow was responsible, the email service provider ProtonMail and journalists...

DR Congo Ebola outbreak 'health emergency' of international concern: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern," a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.

Ebola case in DRC's Goma 'a warning': WHO

Geneva - A confirmed Ebola case in the key Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma is "a warning" about the dangers of the outbreak, a top UN official said Monday.

20mn children not vaccinated in 2018: UN warns against 'stagnation'

Geneva - Almost 20 million children missed out on potentially life-saving vaccinations last year, the UN said Monday, as surging measles cases highlighted "dangerous" gaps in efforts to shield kids from preventable illness.Last year, 19.

37 countries defend China over Xinjiang in UN letter

Geneva - UN ambassadors from 37 countries released a letter Friday defending China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the Xinjiang region, in direct response to Western criticism earlier this week.

UN 'alarmed' at death sentences given by Yemen rebel court

Geneva - The United Nations said Friday it was "alarmed" at death sentences given by a court run by Yemen's Huthi rebels to 30 academics, trade unionists and preachers for alleged spying.
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