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UN rights chief slams Macedonia for migrant detentions

Geneva - The UN rights chief on Friday voiced deep concern over Macedonia's "systematic policy" of detaining and expelling migrants, criticising especially the widespread detention of migrant children.

UN eyes alternate aid delivery route for Syria's Aleppo

Geneva - The UN said Friday it was considering a different route to send desperately needed aid to east Aleppo, to circumvent the blocked main supply route as new air raids pounded Syria's second city.

Switzerland arrests wanted ex-Algerian rebel

Geneva - A former member of the Algerian rebel Armed Islamic Group, who is wanted in France, was arrested Thursday in Switzerland and is seeking asylum, Swiss authorities said.

UN pleads with Assad over food aid stuck at Syria border

Geneva - Food aid for rebel-held east Aleppo, which has been stalled at the Syrian border since last week, will go bad in days, the UN said Thursday, urging the country's leader to clear the delivery."Forty trucks are sitting at the Turkish-Syrian border.

UN hopes Syria talks could resume in a 'few weeks'

Geneva - The UN's deputy envoy for Syria said Thursday that he hoped peace talks could resume in the coming weeks, despite "grim" events on the ground.

UN resumes Syria aid convoys

Geneva - UN aid convoys starting rolling in Syria again on Thursday, after a deadly attack on humanitarian trucks and a warehouse triggered a suspension in deliveries.

Risk of genocide in Burundi: UN probe

Geneva - Burundi's government is behind systematic human rights violations, including executions and torture, UN investigators said Tuesday, warning of the looming risk of "genocide".

About 20 civilians killed in Syria aid convoy attack: Red Cross

Geneva - The air raids that hit an aid convoy near Aleppo killed around 20 people, including a Red Crescent staff member, the humanitarian organisation said Tuesday.

Mediterranean migrant crossings down, but UN fears deaths on rise

Geneva - Fatalities among migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe could outstrip last year's total even though total numbers fell in the first nine months of this year, the UN said Tuesday.

Connection 'proven' between drinking and sociability

A new research study from Switzerland has confirmed what most people knew already, that drinking beer makes people more sociable in the company of others.

War crimes investigators seek access to Syrian refugees in Europe

Geneva - UN war crimes investigators on Monday asked European countries to "remove barriers" to their work by giving them unhindered access to newly arrived Syrian refugees.

UN aid chief 'pained' Aleppo aid remains blocked

Geneva - The UN's humanitarian chief said Monday he was "pained" that aid convoys had not deployed to eastern Aleppo, as a ceasefire in Syria teetered on the brink of collapse.

Swiss populist Blocher 'escapes elderly knifeman unharmed'

Geneva - The longtime strongman of Switzerland's populist right Christoph Blocher was attacked by an elderly man carrying a knife after a political debate in Zurich, but escaped unharmed, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Eritrea must reveal fate of detained officials, reporters: UN expert

Geneva - A United Nations expert on Friday called on Eritrea's government to urgently reveal the fate of around two dozen senior government officials and journalists arrested 15 years ago.

August equals July as hottest month in modern times

Geneva - August equalled July as the hottest month in modern times, the UN's weather agency said Friday, warning that extraordinary temperatures were "set to become the new norm".

Traders selling dangerously dirty fuel across Africa: study

Geneva - European oil companies, especially Swiss commodity traders, are exploiting weak African fuel standards by selling toxic diesel and gasoline across the continent, a campaign group said Thursday.

Fewer than half of world's refugee children in school: UN

Geneva - Fewer than half of the world's some six million refugee children are in school, making them five times less likely to get an education than the global average, the UN warned Thursday.A full 3.

UN says it delivered no aid on day one of Syria truce

Geneva - The United Nations did not deliver any aid to desperate Syrian civilians during the first full day of a fragile ceasefire because of security concerns, officials said Tuesday.

UN Syria envoy hails 'significant drop in violence'

Geneva - The UN's Syria envoy on Tuesday applauded a fall in violence through the first 24 hours of a fragile ceasefire but said security concerns meant aid convoys had not yet deployed.

Growing number of countries refusing to cooperate on rights: UN

Geneva - Countries are increasingly refusing to cooperate with the UN on human rights, the world body warned Tuesday, voicing alarm at situations in dozens of states, including Syria, Iran and Venezuela.
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