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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.

Nearly 30,000 'foreign terrorists' in Syria and Iraq, UN warns

Geneva - Nearly 30,000 "foreign terrorist fighters" are currently in Syria and Iraq, a high-ranking UN official said Tuesday, warning that the risk of attacks in their home countries was growing.

Delight as jazz giants return to small Swiss town of Montreux

Montreux - As saxophone supremo Charles Lloyd pushes out a cascade of soaring notes, jazz aficionados in Montreux sway in rapture.

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.
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