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Food aid demand in NE Nigeria could double in a month, says UN

Geneva - The number of people in northeast Nigeria who need food aid could nearly double within a month, as the Boko Haram insurgency and economic pressures intensify suffering, the UN said Friday.

Swiss train attacker's Liechtenstein home searched, police say

Geneva - Local officials have searched a Liechtenstein home belonging to the attacker who started a fire on a Swiss train and stabbed passengers at the weekend, police said Monday.

Aleppo one of 'most devastating urban conflicts': Red Cross

Geneva - The battle for Syria's ravaged second city Aleppo is one of the worst urban conflicts ever fought, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday.

Swiss train attacker and one victim die of injuries

Geneva - A man who carried out a stabbing and arson attack on a Swiss train, killing one and injuring five others, has died in hospital, police said on Sunday.

Swiss knifeman sets fire on train, injures 6

Geneva - A knifeman started a fire on a train in eastern Switzerland before stabbing passengers on Saturday, injuring six people including a six-year-old child, police said.

UN experts warn of 'extremely serious' abuses in Burundi

Geneva - A United Nations watchdog on Friday urged Burundi to immediately address a long line of abuses, including hundreds of extrajudicial killings and widespread torture and sexual abuse, with disturbing ethnic undertones.

South Sudan refugees pouring into Uganda: UN

Geneva - Around 110,000 people have fled to Uganda from South Sudan this year, most of them escaping fighting that erupted again last month, the United Nations said Friday.

Four days without running water in sweltering Aleppo: UN

Geneva - Up to two million people in Syria's Aleppo have gone without running water for the past four days, the United Nations warned Tuesday, describing the situation as "catastrophic".

French artist eyes record with giant Swiss hillside portrait of a pipe-smoking shepherd

Geneva - Armed with a spray gun and lugging buckets of flour, water, and pigment, a French artist has overcome storms and burrowing moles to turn a hectare of Swiss hillside into what is believed to be the world's largest painting on grass.

Global migrant deaths this year top 4,000: IOM

Geneva - Global migrant deaths have topped 4,000 in the first seven months of this year, a 26-percent increase in the fatality rate compared with the same period of 2015, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

WWF calls for crack down on 'tiger farms'

Geneva - The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday urged Asian states to investigate all tiger breeding centres and crack down on any involved in black-market animal trade.

UN eyes late August for new Syria talks

Geneva - The UN's Syria envoy voiced hope Tuesday that peace talks could restart next month, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said there had been "progress" in efforts to salvage an urgently-needed ceasefire.

More than 3,000 migrants lost in Med in 2016

Geneva - More than 3,000 migrants and refugees have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, while nearly 250,000 have made the perilous journey to Europe, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

IOC under fire as Russia escapes blanket doping ban

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee on Sunday decided against hitting Russia with a blanket ban from the Rio Games over state-run doping, sparking an immediate backlash from groups that had demanded bold action against cheating.

IOC faces historic call on Russia Rio ban

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee held showdown talks Sunday on whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping, an unprecedented decision that could spark the Olympic movement's worst crisis in decades.

UN pleads for weekly 48-hour truce in Syria's Aleppo

Geneva - The UN on Thursday called for a weekly 48-hour truce in Syria's besieged city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries to reach some 250,000 civilians facing starvation.

IOC to take a week to decide on Russia Olympic ban

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it would take up to a week to decide whether to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics over its "state" doping machine.

At least 300 killed in latest South Sudan violence: UN

Geneva - At least 300 people were killed and 42,000 fled their homes this month during four days of intense gun battles in the capital of South Sudan, the UN said Friday.

Are pomegranates the next super-food?

Pomegranates could be the next super-food, at least because of its anti-aging properties. New research has shown how a chemical in the fruit, when processed by gut bacteria, helps protect muscle cells.

Op-Ed: Delivery robots hit the road in Europe — Will they survive?

London - Depending on what society you live in, technology can be the nice thing you can’t have, or can. A new self-driving, human-monitored robot is about to hit the road in Europe and the UK. How practical the idea is, or isn’t, will soon be seen.
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