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UN warns of winter tragedy as migrant crisis lingers

Ginebra - The UN refugee chief on Friday urged the EU to speed up its response to Europe's migrant crisis, warning of a looming tragedy if thousands of people are caught on the move when winter hits.

FIFA suspends Blatter and Platini

Zurich - FIFA's ethics watchdog on Thursday suspended the two most powerful men in football, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, for 90 days in a sensational new blow to the sport's scandal-tainted governing body.

WHO hails first full week with no new Ebola cases since March 2014

Ginebra - No new Ebola cases were confirmed last week, marking the first full week without fresh cases of the deadly disease in a year an a half, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

How would MSF’s proposed hospital bombing investigation work?

Ginebra - The MSF charity on Wednesday called for an international commission that has never before been used to investigate a deadly US air strike on an Afghan hospital.

No foreign aid agencies left in Afghan's Kunduz: UN

Ginebra - All international aid organisations have left the embattled Afghan city of Kunduz following a US air strike on a hospital run by medical charity MSF and amid heavy fighting, the UN said Tuesday.

Kunduz air strikes 'inexcusable', 'possibly criminal': UN rights chief

Ginebra - A suspected US air strike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz that killed sixteen people including nine MSF staff on Saturday was "inexcusable" and possibly criminal, UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

Blatter's survival in doubt after sponsor's resignation call

Lausanne - After powerful FIFA sponsors demanded his immediate resignation, a key question surrounded Sepp Blatter on Saturday: can the sleaze-tainted president of world football's governing body survive until his planned departure in February?

American daredevil Strange dies in wingsuit jump

Ginebra - The American daredevil Johnny Strange has died in the Swiss Alps while attempting a wingsuit jump, the latest casualty in what is regarded as one the most dangerous extreme sports, authorities said Friday.

Record 168,000 people reached Europe by sea in September: UN

Ginebra - Some 168,000 migrants and refugees made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe in September, marking the highest monthly figure on record, the United Nations said Friday."In September, 168,000 crossed the Mediterranean.

UN expects 1.4 mn migrants in Europe over next two years

Ginebra - The UN refugee agency said Thursday it expects 700,000 migrants and refugees to reach Europe via the Mediterranean this year and projected at least the same amount again in 2016.

Questions raised over FIFA payment to Platini

Ginebra - Fresh questions emerged Wednesday over a $2 million payment Michel Platini received from FIFA, as Swiss prosecutors confirmed that the former France star is more than just a witness in their criminal probe.

FIFA financial statements raise questions over Platini defence

Lausanne - FIFA's financial reports, reviewed by AFP on Wednesday, raised questions about claims from Michel Platini that a payment he received from the organisation was delayed for nearly a decade due to financial constraints.

WHO urges preventative ARVs for those at high risk for HIV

Ginebra - People who regularly face a "substantial" risk of HIV infection should take preventative anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment, the World Health Organization said in new guidelines released Wednesday.

Migrant Mediterranean arrivals pass half-million in 2015: UN

Ginebra - More than half a million migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year -- 383,000 of them arriving in Greece, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

UN rights chief warns over upsurge in Burundi killings

Ginebra - The UN human rights chief warned Monday that Burundi risked sliding back into civil war after a dramatic rise in killings, arrests and detentions in the troubled central African country.

FIFA ethics committee probing Blatter, Platini: Media

Ginebra - FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA leader Michel Platini are under investigation by FIFA's independent ethics committee and could face suspension, media reported Sunday.

FIFA chief Blatter faces criminal probe, cloud over Platini

Zurich - Embattled Sepp Blatter was urged to stand down as FIFA president on Saturday after he was placed under a criminal investigation as his heir-apparent Michel Platini also came under scrutiny over a murky multi-million-dollar payment.

Blatter 'cooperating', 'no mismanagement occurred' — Lawyer

Zurich - A review of the evidence against Sepp Blatter will show that he was not responsible for any mismanagement, his lawyer said Friday after Switzerland opened criminal proceedings against the FIFA boss. "Mr.

Swiss populist right want referendum on asylum law

Ginebra - Switzerland's largest party, the populist right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP), said Friday it wanted a referendum on the country's new asylum law, describing it as too lax and "dangerous".

FIFA boss Blatter faces criminal proceedings — Swiss prosecutor

Zurich - Switzerland's top prosecutor said Friday that criminal proceedings had been opened against FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, on suspicion that he misapproriated funds and violated his duties as the head of world football's governing body.
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