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Tourist drowns in Lake Geneva during storm: police

Geneva - A woman has drowned in Lake Geneva when her sightseeing boat sank as a violent storm battered parts of Switzerland on Saturday, police said.

UN rights chief Bachelet to visit Venezuela

Geneva - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, will visit Venezuela this month, where she will meet both President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido, her office said Friday.

WHO emergency panel meets on Ebola after Uganda deaths

Geneva - The World Health Organization emergency committee will decide Friday whether to declare a raging Ebola epidemic an international threat, after an outbreak that began in Democratic Republic of Congo crossed into Uganda.

Swiss women to march for equal pay

Geneva - Women across Switzerland are set to walk off the job and into the streets Friday to demand wage parity, nearly three decades after staging the country's first nationwide strike for equal pay.

Macron warns on 'capitalism gone mad' in ILO speech

Geneva - French President Emmanuel Macron denounced "capitalism gone mad" in an address Tuesday to the UN's International Labour Organization, while urging enhanced social protections in a global economy plagued by inequality.

Head of UN labour agency backs anti-harassment measures

Geneva - The head of the International Labour Organization on Monday urged the agency to approve new rules to stop violence and harassment in the workplace, despite some concerns from employer representatives.

UN labour body, survivor from League of Nations, turns 100

Geneva - Of all the institutions set up in Geneva under the League of Nations after World War I, only one, the International Labour Organization, survived the rise of fascism and World War II.

Swiss women strike for equal pay again, three decades on

Geneva - Nearly 30 years after staging a first nationwide strike for equal pay, women across Switzerland say they are preparing fresh action to push for wage parity next week.

Atomic mystery: Geometry of the electron revealed

What does an electron look like? While physicists have long speculated, the geometry of the electron has been revealed for the first time. This insight may help with the development of quantum computers.

US says prepared to talk to Iran 'with no preconditions'

Bellinzona - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday his country was ready to talk with Tehran "with no preconditions", but there was no indication if lifting sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme was on the table.

Pompeo attends secretive global meet in Switzerland

Bern - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will take part Saturday in a secretive meeting in Switzerland of global power brokers discreetly discussing issues like Brexit and the future of capitalism.

Assange suffering 'psychological torture': UN expert

Geneva - Julian Assange has been subjected to drawn-out "psychological torture", a UN rights expert said Friday, accusing the United States, Britain, Ecuador and Sweden of "collective persecution" of the WikiLeaks founder.

WHO decries Big Tobacco bid to rebrand World No Tobacco Day

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Wednesday condemned efforts by the world's biggest cigarette vendor to rebrand a day dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of tobacco use.

Fertility tracker: Key metrics to help women to become pregnant

Ava Science, Inc. (maker of the Ava Fertility Tracker) have released results of a clinical trial with 200 women at the University of Zurich. The trial looks at the key parameters that give vital fertility clues.

The 2022 tournament in Qatar will be played with 32 nations

Lausanne - FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part.

FIFA drops plans for 48-team 2022 World Cup

Lausanne - FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part.

Gender diversity good for businesses and economies: UN

Geneva - Companies that improve gender diversity -- especially at the top -- perform better and rake in higher profits, while countries that increase women employment see better economic growth, the UN said Wednesday.

Fight vaccine hesitancy as 'contagious disease', UN meeting told

Geneva - Faced with a global resurgence of measles, health experts called Tuesday for countries to step up the fight against vaccine resistance, warning the movement was spreading like a contagious disease.

Three million people have fled Venezuela since 2015: UN

Geneva - An estimated three million people have fled the crisis in Venezuela since 2015, most of whom should be considered refugees, the United Nations said Tuesday.

DRC must unite in Ebola fight amid 'high' risk of spread: WHO chief

Geneva - The World Health Organization chief on Monday urged different political factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo to unite in the battle against Ebola, warning that the risk of spread "remains very high"."Ebola does not take sides.
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