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WHO elects new chief to lead reform

Geneva - The World Health Organization was electing its new leader Tuesday, with the race narrowed to two finalists who have vowed to shake up the fiercely criticised agency.

Outgoing WHO chief says world 'better prepared' for health crises

Geneva - The World Health Organization's outgoing chief Margaret Chan defended her legacy Monday, insisting the world had become better prepared to face health emergencies like Ebola on her watch.

WHO meet refuses to admit Taiwan amid China pressure

Geneva - Despite impassioned pleas from several countries, the World Health Organization's annual assembly refused Monday to even discuss admitting Taiwan to the meeting, under pressure from China.

Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

Geneva - The Swiss voted Sunday in favour of a massive overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.A full 58.

Swiss to vote on gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

Geneva - The Swiss will vote in a referendum Sunday on a planned overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.

Syria talks in final day as tensions boil over US-led strike

Geneva - Syria's warring sides entered a final day of UN-backed talks on Friday with little sign of progress towards ending the conflict and with negotiations overshadowed by swelling tensions on the ground.

Nearly 23,500 cholera cases, 242 deaths in Yemen in three weeks : WHO

Geneva - A cholera outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen has killed 242 people, and left nearly 23,500 others sick in the past three weeks alone, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Syrian sides agree to new UN process on constitution

Geneva - In the first concrete results from talks this week on ending Syria's conflict, the United Nations said Thursday the warring sides had agreed to set up expert committees to discuss "constitutional issues.

Syrian rivals weigh UN plan for new constitution

Geneva - Rival Syrian delegations on Wednesday weighed a UN proposal on developing a new constitution for the war-ravaged country, but hope of a breakthrough at the Geneva talks remained dim.

Syrian rivals weigh UN plan for new constitution

Geneva - Rival Syrian delegations on Wednesday weighed a UN proposal on developing a new constitution for the war-ravaged country, as a new round of peace talks entered a second day.

Diamond earrings fetch record $57.4-million at Swiss auction

Geneva - Two spectacular diamonds mounted as earrings fetched a record $57.4-million (51.8 million euros) Tuesday at auction in Geneva, with an unnamed Asia-based buyer netting both, Sotheby's said.The earrings were sold as separate lots.

Syrian opposition vows not to 'walk away' from Geneva talks

Geneva - Syria's opposition pledged not to walk away from a new round of peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday despite rebel defeats in Damascus and US charges of regime atrocities at an infamous prison.

UN rights office eyes corporate cash after Microsoft deal

Geneva - The UN human rights office on Tuesday announced a $5-million (4.5 million euros) donation from Microsoft, billing the gift as a key step towards increasing corporate support.

Pay cut for UN's Geneva staff sign 'happy days' are over

Geneva - On the list of workers facing pay cuts, United Nations staff in Geneva are unlikely to garner much sympathy. UN employees are by contract the highest paid civil servants in the world.

Syria talks open overshadowed by rival track, rebel losses

Suisse - A new round of Syrian peace talks opens in Geneva on Tuesday, overshadowed by a competing process in Astana and with rebels reeling from a major setback in Damascus.

South Sudanese refugees need $1.4 bn this year: UN

Geneva - The United Nations said Monday that $1.4 billion (1.3 billion euros) was needed this year alone to help the nearly two million people who have fled war and famine in South Sudan.

New scrutiny of polar regions as world braces for climate shifts: UN

Geneva - Scientists will intensify scrutiny of the polar regions as part of an international campaign to improve global weather predictions and minimise risks linked to rapid climate change, the UN said Monday.

UN in talks over control of Syria safe zones

Geneva - The United Nations said Thursday it was in talks with Iran, Russia and Turkey over who should control proposed safe zones in Syria, a key question after Damascus rejected any international monitors.

Top lab CERN launches key new accelerator

Geneva - Europe's top physics lab CERN launched its newest particle accelerator on Tuesday, billed as a key step towards future experiments that could unlock the universe's greatest mysteries.

4,600 people flee their homes in DR Congo daily: UN

Geneva - An average of 4,600 people flee their homes every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Monday, warning of a dramatically deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country.A full 3.
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