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UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

Geneva - The UN said Friday it had evacuated 163 refugees from war-ravaged Libya to neighbouring Niger, but more than 3,000 others were still trapped in detention centres affected by clashes.

Swisscom goes live with 5G network in Switzerland

Swisscom has activated its new telecommunications system, which makes it the first mobile provider in Switzerland to go live with its 5G network.

UN evacuates 150 more refugees from Libyan detention

Geneva - The UN said Tuesday it had evacuated another 150 refugees from a Tripoli detention centre impacted by clashes, but said it had been unable to relocate others amid a rapid escalation in fighting.

Venezuela slams US bid to cover 'invasion' with aid

Geneva - US calls for Venezuela to allow more aid into the country are just a smokescreen to cover a "foreign invasion", Caracas's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said Tuesday.

Global measles cases up 300 percent year-on-year: WHO

Geneva - Measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the UN said Monday, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma.

Global measles cases up 300 percent year-on-year: WHO

Geneva - Measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the UN said Monday, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma.

Nurse kidnapped by IS five years ago may be alive, Red Cross

Geneva - A New Zealand nurse believed abducted with two drivers by Islamic State militants in Syria in 2013 may still be alive, the International Committee of the Red Cross has revealed for the first time in an appeal for news of her whereabouts.

UN calls for aid to migrants trapped in Libya

Geneva - The United Nations issued an urgent call Friday for the "immediate release" and evacuation of refugees and migrants snared in the Libyan conflict.

Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

Geneva - The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 750 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday, ahead of a key review on the severity of the epidemic.

China, US could win big on no-deal Brexit: UN

Geneva - If Britain leaves the EU without a deal, the bloc and Britain's smaller trading partners stand to lose big, but Beijing and Washington could reap huge benefits, the UN said Tuesday.

UN expert to visit Assange, assess violation of privacy claims

Geneva - An independent rights expert will visit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadoran embassy in London to assess whether privacy violation claims involving him merit investigation, the UN rights office said Thursday.

Switzerland agrees to represent US interests in Venezuela

Geneva - Switzerland said Friday it had agreed to represent US interests in crisis-hit Venezuela, after Washington withdrew all its diplomatic personnel last month, though it said Caracas still needed to approve the arrangement.

Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

Geneva - Global life expectancy grew by 5.5 years between 2000 and 2016, the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning though that unequal income and access to healthcare translates into far shorter lives for many.

Impossible to negotiate with Ortega, leading Nicaragua activist says

Geneva - A leading Nicaraguan human rights defender said Thursday that it was impossible to negotiate with President Daniel Ortega, after a deadline passed in talks to resolve the country's deadly political crisis.

Strong Swiss gun culture faces EU pressure

Luzern - Switzerland, where gun culture has deep roots, has managed to avoid the charged national debates over firearm ownership that have consumed other countries.

Diplomats, activists decry Chinese 'threats' at UN rights council

Geneva - Diplomats and activists on Monday denounced intense Chinese lobbying, pressure and even threats to rein in criticism of Beijing during last month's session of the UN Human Rights Council.

UN slams 'inhuman' Brunei law on stoning for adultery, gay sex

Geneva - The United Nations decried Monday new "cruel and inhuman" laws set to take effect in Brunei this week which impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery, and amputations for theft.

UN talks on space peace treaty fail to reach consensus

Geneva - United Nations-backed talks to prevent an arms race in outer space ended without agreement on Friday, delivering another blow to global disarmament diplomacy.

Saudi must make Khashoggi trials public: UN expert

Geneva - A UN human rights expert said Thursday that Saudi Arabia needed to hold public trials for those accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi in order for the process to be credible.

Switzerland indicts Liberian over war crimes

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday announced an unprecedented war crimes indictment against a Liberian man accused of murder and rape during the first of the country's back-to-back civil wars.
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