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WHO braces for bird flu spread in European poultry

Geneva - The World Health Organization cautioned Tuesday that a new kind of bird flu hitting European poultry farms would spread among birds, after Britain confirmed its outbreak was of the same strain as in the Netherlands and Germany.

New antibiotic found in horse dung fungus

Researchers have isolated a new substance from a fungus that kills bacteria. The substance, known as copsin, has the same effect as traditional antibiotics. The substance was found in the common inky cap mushroom that grows on horse dung.

Black weekend as storms lash Italy, Switzerland, France

Geneva - At least four people were killed as landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into buildings on either side of the Swiss-Italian border on Sunday, a day after floods in southern France killed five people.

Mudslides kill four along Swiss-Italian border

Geneva - At least four people were killed as landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into houses and buildings on either side of the Swiss Italian border Sunday, police and media said.

UN probe: IS committing 'crimes against humanity' in Syria

Geneva - The Islamic State group is committing crimes against humanity on a large scale in Syria, a UN report said Friday, painting a horrific picture of beheaded minors and women held as sex slaves.

First Ebola treatment trials to start in west Africa

Geneva - Global aid agency Doctors Without Borders said on Thursday it would begin unprecedented trials on patients in west Africa to test Ebola drugs and the use of survivors' blood as therapy.

Michael Brown's parents testify at U.N. Torture Committee

Geneva - The parents of Michael Brown, the Missouri teen shot and killed by police, testified before a United Nations committee in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday because they want "the world to know what's going on in Ferguson."

U.S. reversing Bush torture policy, Obama admin tells U.N.

Geneva - The Obama administration told a United Nations anti-torture committee in Geneva, Switzerland that the United States will reverse a key Bush-era policy stating a ban on torture did not apply outside America's borders.

'We crossed the line', U.S. admits to UN anti-torture body

Geneva - The United States said Wednesday it did not condone torture under any circumstances, but acknowledged to a UN anti-torture watchdog it had "crossed the line" following the September 11 attacks.

UN slashes winter aid in Iraq, Syria amid funding gap

Geneva - The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it had been forced to slash the number of people it can help prepare for winter in conflict-ravaged Syria and Iraq for lack of funds."The whole humanitarian community is facing shortfalls.

Higgs particle may not have been discovered

It is possible that scientists at the famous CERN laboratory in Switzerland have made a mistake about the discovery of the Higgs boson or "God Particle."

Sri Lanka rejects UN accusations over war crime probe

Geneva - Sri Lanka on Saturday angrily rejected accusations by the UN rights chief that it was sabotaging a war crimes probe into the country's brutal separatist war, calling the charges "extremely regrettable.

UN launches global campaign to end statelessness

Geneva - The United Nations launched a campaign Tuesday to end the hellish limbo of 10 million stateless people worldwide deprived of a nationality and basic rights, almost a fifth of them in Myanmar and Ivory Coast.

Donkey rescued from manhole

Pratteln - In Switzerland, a donkey popped up out of a manhole and it had to be rescued. So far, investigators don't know why it was down there.

Five killed, one injured, as shooting dramas rock Switzerland

Wilderswil - Five people were shot dead and a man was seriously injured Monday as two unrelated shooting dramas rocked normally placid Switzerland.

Swiss detain three Iraqis planning IS attacks in Europe

Berne - Three Iraqis suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Europe under the auspices of Islamic State (IS) have been held in custody in Switzerland since the end of March this year.

Ebola cases slow in Liberia, but too soon to celebrate: WHO

Geneva - The rate of new Ebola infections appears to be slowing in hard-hit Liberia, but the crisis is far from over, according to the World Health Organization.

New Ebola cases slowing in Liberia but too soon to celebrate: WHO

Geneva - The rate of new Ebola infections appears to be slowing in hard-hit Liberia, but the crisis is far from over, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Economic crisis pulls 2.6 mn children below poverty line: UNICEF

Geneva - At least 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line in the world's richest nations since the economic crisis struck in 2008, UNICEF said in a hard-hitting report Tuesday.

Gender equality at work more than 80 years off

Geneva - If you're waiting for gender equality in the workplace, be prepared to wait a long time.
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