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WHO urges halt to sale of live wild mammals in food markets

Geneva - The World Health Organization called on Tuesday for a halt to the sale of live wild mammals in food markets to prevent the emergence of new diseases such as Covid-19.

Pandemic hits 'critical point' as Europe deaths top one million

Geneva - Europe passed the grim milestone of one million coronavirus deaths on Monday, as the World Health Organization warned that infections are rising exponentially despite widespread efforts aimed at stopping them.

No data yet on changing Covid vaccines between doses: WHO

Geneva - The WHO reiterated Friday there was "no adequate data" on switching Covid-19 vaccines between doses, after France said under-55s who received an AstraZeneca first jab should get their second from a different vaccine.

Covax backs AstraZeneca as vaccines reach 100 territories

Geneva - Covax backed the AstraZeneca jab on Thursday as the scheme celebrated shipping coronavirus vaccine doses to 100 different territories around the world, despite delays dogging deliveries.

How a music-box melody marked every Swiss Covid death

Geneva - Each day is marked out with a note to keep the beat, then the deaths come, sometimes in clusters of notes, other times in rising and falling scales. This is the sound of the pandemic in Switzerland, as imagined by Swiss journalist Simon Huwiler.

Pandemic delays gender parity by a generation: WEF

Geneva - The pandemic has rolled back years of progress towards equality between men and women, according to a report released Wednesday showing the crisis had added decades to the trajectory towards closing the gender gap.

WHO report says Covid likely jumped to humans from animals

Geneva - An international expert mission to Wuhan concluded in a report seen Monday that Covid-19 likely first passed to humans from a bat through an intermediary animal, with investigators all but ruling out a laboratory leak.

Two refugee camps in Ethiopia's Tigray 'completely destroyed': UN

Geneva - The United Nations said Friday that a team had reached two camps for Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region for the first time since November, finding them destroyed.

'Alarm bells' as African elephants see sharp decline: conservationists

Geneva - Decades of poaching and shrinking habitats have devastated elephant populations across Africa, conservationists said Thursday, warning that one species found in rainforests was a step away from extinction.

UN rights body condemns 'grave violations' in Belarus

Geneva - The UN rights council called Wednesday on Belarus to halt its crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, urging the UN rights chief to probe violations in connection with last year's controversial presidential vote.

DRCongo militia kills 200, displaces 40,000 this year: UN

Geneva - Nearly 200 people have been killed and 40,000 displaced since January following a surge of attacks by the ADF militia in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Friday, as protests over the massacres brought three cities to a standstill.

200 killed, 40,000 displaced in DR Congo by ADF militia since Jan: UN

Geneva - Nearly 200 people have been killed and 40,000 displaced since January following a surge of attacks by the ADF militia in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Friday.

Hurricane names retired after deadly storms

Geneva - The Atlantic hurricane names Dorian, Laura, Eta and Iota are being retired due to the trail of death and destruction left in their wake, the UN's World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday.

WHO experts say countries should keep using AstraZeneca jab

Geneva - World Health Organization experts on Wednesday recommended countries continue to use the AstraZeneca vaccine, but said they were looking into the jab's safety after a slew of countries suspended its use over health fears.

Surging deaths, hundreds disappeared in Myanmar unrest: UN

Geneva - The UN on Tuesday decried surging deaths in Myanmar since the February 1 coup, warning that detained protesters were facing torture and hundreds had disappeared.

Major EU nations halt AstraZeneca as WHO says it is safe

Geneva - The EU's largest countries joined a stream of states halting their rollouts of AstraZeneca jabs on Monday over blood clot fears, as the World Health Organization and Europe's medicines watchdog insisted it was safe to use.

World awaits China Covid origins report

Geneva - The much-anticipated report from the international mission to Wuhan to investigate Covid-19's origins is set to be published this week, following intense US and Chinese pressure over its contents.

WHO insists AstraZeneca vaccine safe as jab faces new setbacks

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Friday there was no reason to stop using AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine after several countries suspended the rollout over blood clot fears and as the EU added severe allergies to the list of possible side effects.

Myanmar military likely behind 'crimes against humanity': UN expert

Geneva - Myanmar's military is likely committing "crimes against humanity", the UN's top expert on rights in the country said Thursday, adding that at least 70 people had reportedly been "murdered" since the February 1 coup.

WHO's pandemic response: from criticism to Nobel?

Geneva - In the year since the World Health Organization first described the Covid-19 outbreak as a pandemic, it has faced towering criticism, but has also been showered with praise.
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