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European buildings turn blue for UN's 75th anniversary

Geneva - More than 150 monuments and buildings across Europe will be lit up blue on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

Libya factions sign 'permanent' ceasefire

Geneva - Libya's two rival factions signed a "permanent" ceasefire agreement Friday after five days of talks at the United Nations, which hailed the move as a moment that will go down in history.

Nuclear weapons ban treaty nears coming into force

Geneva - An international treaty banning nuclear weapons is on the verge of coming into force, campaigners said Wednesday, with the last few necessary ratifications expected within weeks.

UN Libya envoy 'optimistic' on ceasefire prospects

Geneva - Libya's rival factions have agreed to maintain a lull in fighting and open internal land and air routes, the UN's envoy to the troubled North African country said Wednesday, expressing optimism about prospects for a ceasefire.

UN Libya envoy 'optimistic' on ceasefire prospects

Geneva - The UN's Libya envoy said Wednesday she was "quite optimistic" about the prospects of a ceasefire emerging from talks under way in Geneva between the two warring factions in the troubled north African country.

$1.7 bln pledged in aid to save Sahel from 'breaking point'

Geneva - International donors agreed Tuesday to give $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid to the central Sahel, after the United Nations said the northern African region plagued by violence and climate change was at "breaking point".

Record-low snow accumulation on biggest Alpine glacier: study

Geneva - Swiss glaciers have continued to shrink at an alarming rate this year, while snow accumulation on the largest glacier in the Alps reached a record low, a study showed Friday.

Finger pointed at Swiss yodelling 'superspreader' concert

Geneva - The coronavirus pandemic has not deterred the Swiss from sending yodels echoing across their mountain valleys, but a concert attended by 600 people is believed to have made one canton a European virus hotspot.

Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000: UN

Geneva - Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said on Monday.

Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala, S. Korea's Yoo in run-off to lead WTO

Geneva - The World Trade Organization is set to have its first female leader after Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea's Yoo Myung-hee made it through Thursday to the final run-off.

2021 Davos summit shifted to Lucerne in May

Geneva - The World Economic Forum announced Wednesday that its postponed 2021 Davos summit, themed as "The Great Reset" in the coronavirus crisis, will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland from May 18 to 21.

Europe's pushback of migrants 'shameful': UN refugee chief

Geneva - The UN refugee chief on Monday lambasted countries which close their doors to desperate migrants and Europe's "shameful" refusal to allow migrants stranded at sea to disembark quickly.

Messi v Ronaldo in Champions League group stage, Man Utd to face PSG

Geneva - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will come up against each other in this season's Champions League after Barcelona and Juventus were placed in the same group in Thursday's draw.

UN bodies including UNICEF, WHO probe DR Congo sex abuse reports

Geneva - UNICEF on Wednesday became the third UN agency to launch an internal inquiry into sexual abuse of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), promising "serious consequences" for any culprits.

Boost in vaccine doses planned for poor as virus rages on

Geneva - Up to 100 million additional doses of any eventual Covid-19 vaccines will be secured for delivery to poorer countries in 2021, health groups announced Tuesday, as the virus showed no sign of receding after claiming more than one million lives around th...

Free movement at risk in heart of Europe as Swiss vote

Geneva - The Swiss were voting Sunday on limiting immigration from the European Union, which, while not expected to pass, has sparked fears a shock "yes" could devastate relations with the bloc.

WHO warns 2 million virus deaths possible, Australia urges vaccine-sharing

Geneva - Coronavirus deaths could more than double to two million without collective action against the pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned, as Australia's prime minister urged any nation that develops a vaccine to share it with the world.

Swiss vote threatens free movement in heart of Europe

Geneva - A Swiss vote Sunday on limiting EU immigration is not expected to pass, but fears abound that a shock "yes" could deal a fatal blow to relations with the bloc.

Luxury Geneva hotels face 'life-threatening' corona crunch

Geneva - Behind its deep-red awnings, Richemont's blinds have been closed since July, after the coronavirus pandemic left the usually bustling five-star Geneva hotel starved for high-paying customers.

Belarus tries to muzzle opposition leader at UN

Geneva - Belarus and several allies tried Friday to block a video message from opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at the UN Human Rights Council, where she urged "the strongest" international response to Minsk's abuses.
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