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Pop goes the weasel as Hadron Collider shuts down

Ginebra - A weasel shut down the world's most powerful particle smasher when it wandered onto a 66,000-volt transformer and caused a short circuit, Europe's physics lab CERN said Saturday.

UN chief vows to back refugee team as Olympic flame stops in Geneva

Ginebra - UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Friday he will not remain neutral at the Rio Games, pledging to cheer for a team of refugees as the Olympic flame stopped by the United Nations in Geneva.

Suspect in Cologne sex assaults caught near German-Swiss border

Ginebra - A key suspect in the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults in Cologne was spotted shoplifting in southern Germany and arrested across the border in Switzerland, authorities said Thursday.

Syria ceasefire should be 'revitalised' before peace talks resume

Ginebra - The UN's Syria envoy said on Thursday he planned to hold another round of peace talks next month, but called for a stuttering ceasefire to be "revitalised" before setting a date, as at least 20 civilians were killed in second city Aleppo.

Geneva rejects Turkish request to remove picture of slain teen

Ginebra - Authorities in Geneva on Tuesday rejected a Turkish request to remove an exhibition picture that blames President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the death of a Turkish teen injured during anti-government demonstrations.

Turkey asks Geneva to remove picture linking Erdogan to dead teen

Ginebra - Turkey has asked authorities in Geneva to remove an exhibition picture that blames President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the death of a Turkish teen injured during anti-government demonstrations, a Swiss official said Monday.

Obama, UN envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' Syria truce

Ginebra - Syria's fragile ceasefire is in grave peril, US President Barack Obama and the UN's special envoy warned, as violence surged in the war-ravaged country's second city Aleppo.

UN envoy says Syria truce 'in great trouble', urges world to act

Ginebra - A fragile ceasefire in Syria is in grave peril, the UN warned Friday, insisting that a high-level meeting of countries with influence in the war-ravaged nation was "urgently needed" to shore up faltering peace efforts.

Syria peace talks to push on until April 27: negotiators

Ginebra - UN-brokered talks aimed at ending Syria's brutal conflict will push ahead until April 27, despite the departure of the main opposition group, negotiators said Friday.

Damascus says pushing on with peace talks despite opposition exit

Ginebra - The Syrian government pushed on with peace negotiations in Geneva Wednesday despite the main opposition's withdrawal, presenting its vision for a new unity government, including dissidents considered more acceptable by Damascus.

Syria opposition chiefs leave Geneva talks after market strikes

Ginebra - Syrian opposition leaders started leaving Geneva after air strikes on markets in the northwest killed at least 44 people, saying they could not take part in peace talks while civilians were dying daily.

Switzerland halts citizenship process for Muslim students' family

Ginebra - Switzerland has suspended the citizenship process for the family of two teenage Muslim brothers after the boys' refusal to shake hands with their female teachers sparked a national debate over religious freedoms.

Syria regime says open to talks on 'broader unity government'

Ginebra - Syria's regime is prepared to discuss the creation of a new unity government at peace talks in Geneva but President Bashar al-Assad's fate remains off limits, its lead negotiator told AFP on Tuesday.

Extreme snowboard world champion killed in avalanche

Ginebra - An avalanche on Tuesday swept away two-time world extreme snowboard champion Estelle Balet to her death in the Swiss Alps, police said.

UN battles to save Syria peace talks as opposition walks out

Ginebra - The UN was struggling to keep troubled Syria peace negotiations on track, as the opposition suspended its "formal participation" in the talks in protest at escalating violence on the ground.

Syria opposition seeks peace talks pause as fighting surges

Ginebra - Syria's opposition on Monday urged the UN to pause peace talks until Damascus shows it is serious about political transition, as rebel groups vowed to strike back against alleged ceasefire violations.

Syria opposition threatens to quit talks as Aleppo fighting flares

Ginebra - The Syrian opposition delegation threatened to quit the Geneva peace talks, due to resume Monday, as a renewed flare-up in violence in Aleppo killed another 22 civilians.

Syria opposition negotiator urges attacks on regime despite truce

Ginebra - The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator on Sunday called for renewed attacks on regime forces, despite the shaky truce deal between government troops and rebel fighters.

Syria opposition rejects UN proposal for Assad to stay

Ginebra - Syria's opposition has rejected a proposal from the UN envoy that would have kept Bashar al-Assad as president during a political transition, with three deputies of his opponents' choosing.

Op-Ed: Ethics vs corporate crime — Who's winning? Not you

Sydney - Corporate greed, lack of ethics and crime are destroying societies and economies. The Great Recession totally trashed the American middle class, formerly the most prosperous social group in history. There’s now a call for “ethics”...?
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