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80-foot high 'sex toy' sculpture raises a furore in Paris

Paris - An inflatable sculpture erected on a famous Parisian square has kicked up a fuss, with its artist even being attacked in the street.

World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost

Geneva - The World Bank warned the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.

World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost

Geneva - The World Bank warned Friday the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.

Ebola death toll soars to 4,555 out of 9,216: WHO

Geneva - More than 4,500 people have died in the deadly Ebola outbreak that began in west Africa at the beginning of the year, fresh World Health Organization figures showed Friday.

World steps up Ebola action as fear mounts

Geneva - Western countries scrambled to review safety measures at airports and borders amid a mounting wave of fear that West Africa's Ebola outbreak will spread worldwide.

World steps up Ebola action as fear mounts

Geneva - Western countries scrambled to review safety measures at airports and borders on Thursday amid a mounting wave of fear that West Africa's Ebola outbreak will spread worldwide.

World pledges Ebola action as infections soar

Geneva - Ebola's escalating spread constitutes the worst global health emergency in years, world leaders warned, vowing to dramatically step up the response to the virus that has already killed nearly 4,500 people.

Natural disasters killed over 22,000 in 2013, Red Cross says

Geneva - Natural disasters claimed over 22,000 lives last year, with Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines the deadliest of all, the Red Cross said Thursday.

Europeans schedule unprecedented soft landing on comet

Trying to unlock part of the mystery of life on Earth, the European Space Agency revealed Wednesday where it will attempt an unprecedented soft landing on a comet.

Ebola infections could hit 10,000 a week, WHO warns before talks

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Tuesday the Ebola infection rate could soon reach 10,000 a week as world leaders prepared to hold talks on the crisis at the United Nations.

Ebola death rate up to 70 percent: WHO

Geneva - The death rate in the Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa has reached around 70 percent, the World Health Organization said Tuesday."What we're finding is 70 percent mortality," said Bruce Aylward, assistant director-general of the WHO.

Stop putting Kat Edmonson in a box Special

Singer Kat Edmonson has built a solid audience for her unique, retro-meets-future sound. But that doesn’t mean she cares a whole lot about genres. “I don’t know that anyone should,” she explains.

Red Cross mulls Ukraine operations after worker killed

Geneva - The Red Cross said Thursday it was analysing how to resume its Ukraine operations a week after halting work in the conflict-torn country following the death of a Swiss staffer.

Nanoparticles used to solve crimes

Lausanne - Scientists have outlined a new method using nanoparticles to detect fingerprints left at crime scenes. The new technology is said to be far more accurate than the current process.

Record 3,072 migrants killed crossing Mediterranean in 2014

Geneva - More than 3,000 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, more than double the previous peak in 2011, the International Organisation for Migration said Monday.

Swiss voters reject shift to state-run health insurance

Geneva - Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan to ditch the country's all-private health insurance system and create a state-run scheme, exit polls showed.

Ebola and the threat to world security

Geneva - The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council has declared the Ebola crisis in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security.” The U.N. calls for greater resources to fight the spread of the Ebola virus.

UN rights body calls for end to anti-gay discrimination

Geneva - The UN's top human rights body called on Friday for nations to protect the rights of individuals regardless of sexual orientation, in a vote that exposed global fault lines over gay rights.

UN rights body urges new push to stem migrant sea deaths

Geneva - The UN Human Rights Council on Friday urged countries to step up efforts to stem the string of sea tragedies that claim the lives of thousands of desperate migrants.

Experimental Ebola vaccines ready for Africa by 2015: WHO

Geneva - Experimental vaccines to treat Ebola could be ready for use in African countries badly hit by the deadly virus early next year, the World Health Organization said Friday.
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