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Ecuador denounces spying on Assange at London embassy

Geneva - Ecuador's foreign minister voiced suspicion on Wednesday that British intelligence was perpetually spying on his country's embassy in London, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is camped out. "There are cameras everywhere.

Yazidi victim demands genocide trial for IS leaders

Geneva - Nadia Murad, a slight, soft spoken Yazidi woman from Iraq, endured a three-month nightmare as a sex slave of the Islamic State (IS) group.

Swiss-based IT worker at Panama Papers firm released

Geneva - A Swiss-based IT worker arrested earlier this month on suspicion of stealing documents from the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal was released from custody on Friday, his lawyer said.

More than 700 doctors killed in Syria war: UN

Geneva - Attacks on hospitals since Syria's war broke out five years ago have left more than 700 doctors and medical workers dead, many of them in air strikes, UN investigators said Tuesday.

Elvis' gun licence to be auctioned in Switzerland

Geneva - Elvis Presley's gun licence, reported to be the only original document that includes all the legendary singer's fingerprints, will be auctioned in Switzerland in July.

New assay to screen for Zika virus

Zurich - Pharmaceutical company Roche has developed an assay to screen for Zika virus called the LightMix Modular Zika Virus Assay.

Myanmar's Rohingya may be victims of 'crimes against humanity': UN

Geneva - Widespread and ongoing violations against Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, including denial of citizenship, forced labour and sexual violence, could amount to crimes against humanity, the United Nations warned Monday.

Global migrant tide swells to record 65 million

Geneva - The number of refugees and others fleeing their homes worldwide has hit a new record, spiking to 65.3 million people by the end of 2015, the United Nations said Monday.

Google working on 'the thinking' computer

Zurich - Goggle, operating from a new base in Zurich, are investigating how to advance the technology of artificial intelligence.

$122 million needed to fight Zika over 18 months: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Friday that $122 million (108 million euros) is needed to fund an 18-month anti-Zika battle plan that will focus on women of child-bearing age.

Aid convoy headed for Syria's besieged Al-Waer: UN

Geneva - A large aid convoy is ready to go to Al-Waer, a besieged area in Syria's Homs governorate, and is expected to bring in desperately needed aid Thursday, the UN said.

Swiss central bank bracing for Brexit 'turbulence'

Geneva - The head of Switzerland's central bank warned Thursday that the Swiss economy could face turbulence if Britain opts to exit the EU in next week's referendum, vowing to "take measures if required".

IT worker at Panama Papers firm arrested in Geneva: report

Geneva - An information technology worker at the Geneva office of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, has been arrested, Switzerland's Le Temps newspaper reported Wednesday.

UN rights chief urges U.S. to introduce arms controls

Geneva - The UN's human rights chief on Tuesday called on the United States to bring in "robust gun regulation" in order to prevent the kind of mass killing seen in Orlando, Florida over the weekend.

Unaccompanied child migrant numbers double in Europe: UN

Geneva - The number of unaccompanied children making the notoriously dangerous Mediterranean crossing aboard unseaworthy boats has more than doubled this year, the UN children's agency said in a new report Tuesday.

UN rights chief slams increasing migrant detention in Europe

Geneva - The UN's human rights chief voiced alarm Monday at the increasing detention of migrants in Europe, including unaccompanied children, amid widespread anti-migrant rhetoric across the continent.

Record number of refugees need to be resettled: UN

Geneva - The United Nations said Monday it will try to resettle a record 170,000 refugees urgently in need of a new home next year as it grapples with an unprecedented displacement crisis.

Cities can create their own weather systems based on their shape

Lausanne - A fascinating new study has concluded that the shape of our cities and towns can have a major effect on the weather that occurs in and around them. No, they're not talking about the "urban heat island" effect. It is much, much more dramatic.

UN says awaiting Syria approval to reach two besieged areas

Geneva - The United Nations said Friday it was still awaiting approval from Damascus to reach two besieged areas in Syria, correcting information provided by its top envoy to the war-torn country.

Syria approves aid convoys to all 19 besieged areas: UN

Geneva - Syria has given approval for humanitarian convoys to reach all of the country's 19 besieged areas by the end of the month, the UN said Thursday, while warning that "approval... does not mean delivery".
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