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WHO chief rescinds Mugabe ambassador role after outcry

Geneva - The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following widespread uproar against the appointment.

WHO chief 'rethinking' after Mugabe honour outrage

Geneva - The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday that he was "rethinking" his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, as global outrage over the move mounted.

WHO cites Zimbabwe record as outrage grows over Mugabe honour

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Saturday cited Zimbabwe's anti-tobacco record and efforts against non-communicable diseases as justifications for making President Robert Mugabe a "goodwill ambassador", as International criticism of the move mounted.

Blatter says he is going to World Cup at Putin's invitation

Zurich - FIFA's disgraced ex-president Sepp Blatter has told AFP he will go to next year's World Cup in Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, despite being banned from football."I will go to the World Cup in Russia.

Louis XIV, Napoleon diamond to be auctioned off in Geneva

Geneva - A large, pink diamond once set in the crowns of numerous French kings and emperors will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, the Christie's auction house said Wednesday."Le Grand Mazarin", a 19.

Nobel peace laureates denounce Trump's Iran move

Geneva - The nuclear weapons disarmament campaigners awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize denounced US President Donald Trump's decision on Friday to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, saying it makes proliferation more likely.

Swiss open corruption probe against PSG's Al-Khelaifi, ex-FIFA executive Valcke

Geneva - Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and FIFA's former secretary general Jerome Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights.

Army in 'systematic' bid to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN

Geneva - Myanmar's "systematic" crackdown on the Rohingya has been designed to permanently eliminate the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Egyptian legal scholar wins top rights prize

Geneva - An Egyptian legal scholar and a leading figure in his country's embattled rights movement won one of the world's most prestigious human rights prizes on Tuesday.

Swiss police arrest brother of Marseille attacker

Geneva - Swiss police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Tunisian couple including the brother of the assailant who fatally stabbed two young women in the French city of Marseille this month.

Swiss prosecutors will examine new Polanski rape accusation

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Monday that they will examine allegations made by a German woman that filmmaker Roman Polanski raped her in 1972 in the town of Gstaad, when she was 15.

Toddler rescued after 12 hours in Swiss Alps crevice

Geneva - After a 12-hour ordeal, rescue workers pulled a two-year-old girl unharmed out of a deep crevice she tumbled into during a family hike in the Swiss Alps, police said Friday.

Nobel winners ICAN ramp up Trump criticism

Geneva - Days after calling Donald Trump "a moron", the head of the Nobel Peace Prize winning nuclear disarmament group ICAN warned Friday that reckless leaders with atomic bombs made banning the weapons an immediate priority.

Lack of access to Myanmar's Rakhine state 'unacceptable': UN

Geneva - The lack of humanitarian access granted by Myanmar's government to Rakhine state, where more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled violence, is "unacceptable", the UN said Friday.

ICAN: staunch campaigners for an end to nuclear weapons

Geneva - With the nuclear threat at its most acute in decades, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which on Friday won the Nobel Peace Prize, is urgently pressing to consign the bomb to history.

Swiss police probing new Polanski rape accusation

Geneva - Swiss police confirmed Tuesday they were investigating new rape allegations against Roman Polanski made by a woman who said the filmmaker assaulted her in the town of Gstaad in 1972.St.

12,500 flee Iraq fighting in IS-held Hawija: UN

Geneva - An estimated 12,500 people have fled the northern Iraqi town of Hawija since the September launch of a military operation to dislodge the Islamic State group, the UN said Tuesday.

More than two million new refugees this year: UN

Geneva - Conflicts, violence and persecution in Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria and elsewhere have forced more than two million people to flee as refugees this year, the UN refugee chief said Monday.At the end of 2016, a record 65.

UN to send war crimes investigators to Yemen

Geneva - The UN Human Rights Council agreed Friday to send war crimes investigators to Yemen, overcoming resistance from Saudi Arabia, which had fought to head off an independent international probe.

Stalemate at UN rights council over Yemen war crimes probe

Geneva - The UN Human Rights Council was deadlocked Friday over whether to send war crimes investigators to Yemen, a move being pushed by some EU states but fiercely resisted by Saudi Arabia.
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