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Turkey's rights record under fire at UN

Geneva - Turkey faced harsh criticism Tuesday at a United Nations review of its rights record, with diplomats condemning intimidation of journalists and brutal police crackdowns on demonstrators.

Doomsday Clock moved up and now sits at 3 minutes before midnight

The metaphorical Doomsday Clock, created by and kept up by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has been moved. It is now the closest it's been to midnight in three decades, moving up Thursday to 3 minutes to midnight.

Google chief exec predicts end of Internet

Davos - According to Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt, the future of the Internet is for it to vanish due to becoming all-encompassing to the point where it will no longer be noticed.

Op-Ed: Privacy is dead, Harvard professors tell World Economic Forum

Davos - Privacy as we know it is dead, never to return, a group of concerned Harvard University professors told a session of the global business, political and technology elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Ebola situation still 'extremely alarming': UN

Geneva - The Ebola situation was still "extremely alarming" despite a significant fall in new cases in west Africa, the World Health Organization warned Friday.The UN agency said the progress made so far could be rapidly undone if a funding gap remained.

Saudi rights still urgent issue after king's death, says Amnesty

Davos - As the world's powerful mourn the deceased Saudi King Abdullah, don't forget about the horrors inflicted on blogger Raef Badawi, Amnesty International head Salil Shetty told AFP in an interview Friday.

Defrocked priest to be jailed for sexual assaults on children

A defrocked priest found guilty of 32 counts of sexually abusing Inuit children between the years 1978 and 1982 apologized in a courtroom at his sentencing hearing today. As he did so, dozens of victims and members of their families cried out.

Jews, Muslims, Christians tackle religious violence at Davos

Davos - What do a rabbi, an archbishop, a top Islamic academic and former British prime minister Tony Blair have in common?

Switzerland drops artificial prop of the franc

Switzerland has dropped its commitment to the Swiss francs 1.20 ceiling cap versus the euro and created chaos in European financial markets.

UN warns of growing inequality and joblessness

Geneva - Unemployment will rise by 11 million in the next five years due to slower growth and turbulence, the UN warned on Tuesday.

EU hails 'serious' Iran nuclear talks, says new round in February

Geneva - Negotiators for Iran and six global powers striving to reach a complex deal on Tehran's nuclear programme had "serious and useful" discussions in Geneva Sunday and will meet again next month, the EU said.

Swiss lose battle in currency war that could spread

Geneva - Historically neutral Switzerland's foray into the global currency war ended in defeat this past week after its central bank left markets shell-shocked by abandoning the franc's exchange rate floor, analysts said.

WHO sounds alarm on Ukraine's creaking health system

Geneva - Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine has wreaked havoc on the health system, with more than five million people affected, the United Nations said on Friday.

Libya's warring parties agree on roadmap for unity government

Geneva - Libya's warring factions have agreed on a roadmap to form a unity government after two days of UN-brokered talks in Geneva, touted as the last chance to avert total anarchy in the country.

'Like Christmas': Rush to cash in on soaring Swiss franc

Geneva - "It's like Christmas all over again!" enthused Vanessa, as she joined a swelling queue outside a currency exchange office in downtown Geneva Thursday.

US, Iran hold 'substantive' talks on nuclear deal

Geneva - Iran and the US held more than six hours of talks seeking to nail down a complex nuclear deal, but negotiators remained tight-lipped on what progress had been made as the clock ticks down to a third deadline.

U.S. says held 'substantive talks' with Iran

Geneva - The United States and Iran held "substantive" talks in Geneva as they seek to step up the pace of negotiations for a nuclear deal, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

'Last chance' Libya peace talks start in Geneva

Geneva - Peace talks between Libya's warring factions kicked off in Geneva Wednesday in what their United Nations mediator warned could be a last chance to prevent all-out chaos in the oil-rich country.

UN hosts 'last chance' Libya peace talks

Geneva - The United Nations gathered Libya's rival factions for talks in Geneva Wednesday, amid warnings they could be the last chance to halt intensifying fighting for the country's main cities and oil wealth.

'Vicious' Boko Haram attacks send over 11,000 fleeing to Chad

Geneva - The United Nations on Tuesday said that the latest wave of Boko Haram's "vicious, ruthless attacks" in northeastern Nigeria had sent 11,320 people fleeing into Chad in a matter of days.
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