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At 50, Europe's oldest nuclear plant not ready to retire

Beznau - Europe's oldest functioning nuclear reactor, at Switzerland's Beznau plant, will turn 50 next week -- a lifespan deemed dangerously long by environmentalists who are demanding that it be shut down immediately.

UN launches $29 bn emergency funding appeal

Geneva - The UN launched a humanitarian appeal for nearly $29 billion on Wednesday as climate change and increasingly protracted conflicts put tens of millions of people in urgent need of aid.

'Gandhi of Western Sahara' warns time running out to avoid war

Geneva - Aminatou Haidar, a champion of peaceful resistance to Morocco's annexation of Western Sahara, is demanding urgent international action to prevent the frozen conflict from devolving into war.

Red Cross slams 'unacceptable' politicisation of Venezuela aid

Geneva - A top Red Cross official decried Monday a dire lack of international funding for humanitarian aid in Venezuela, warning that assistance was being politicised and desperate civilians were paying the price.

More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year: WHO

Geneva - Measles has killed more than 5,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since January -- more than double the toll in the country's Ebola epidemic -- the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Expanded UN geographical trademarks to take effect

Geneva - An international system that broadens protections for brands which identify their products based on geographical origin, like Scotch whiskey or Tequila, will come into force after the EU signed on, the UN said Tuesday.

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere hit new high in 2018: UN

Geneva - Greenhouse gases levels in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, hit a record high last year, the UN said Monday, calling for action to safeguard "the future welfare of mankind".

Lebanese businessman to give Hitler hat to Israeli foundation

Geneva - A Lebanese businessman will donate Adolf Hitler's top hat and other objects linked to the Nazi leader to an Israeli foundation in order to keep the items out of the hands of neo-fascists.

Get moving! Four in five adolescents don't exercise enough: WHO

Geneva - Four in five adolescents worldwide do not get enough physical activity, to the detriment of their health, the World Health Organization said Friday, warning that girls especially need more exercise.

UN expert apologises for faulty figure on children in US migration detention

Geneva - An independent UN expert has apologised for misspeaking during a news conference in Geneva this week, correcting his claim that more than 100,000 children were being held in migration-related US detention.

UN 'alarmed' dozens may be dead in Iran protests

Geneva - The United Nations voiced alarm Tuesday at reports dozens may have been killed in Iranian demonstrations, as the Islamic republic said it will unblock the internet only once calm has been restored.

More than 100,000 children in migration-related US detention: UN

Geneva - More than 100,000 children are currently being held in migration-related detention in the United States, often in violation of international law, the UN said Monday.

More than 100,000 children in migration-related US detention: UN

Geneva - More than 100,000 children are currently being held in migration-related detention in the United States, including those held with their parents and minors detained alone, the UN said Monday.

UN rights chief warns Bolivia crisis could 'spin out of control'

Geneva - The UN rights chief voiced alarm Saturday at the deadly crisis in Bolivia, warning that excessive force by police was "an extremely dangerous development" and could see the situation could spin out of control.

WHO launches initiative to boost insulin access for diabetics

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Wednesday said it had begun an initiative that would cut prices and dramatically increase insulin access for diabetics.

Op-Ed: White noise improves hearing? Incredibly, yes.

Basel - Hearing loss is at plague levels. WHO estimates 466 million people worldwide have hearing loss at disability levels. 1.1 billion kids are estimated to be at risk of hearing loss. Now, someone’s found a way of improving hearing.

More than one in three in Haiti need urgent food aid: UN

Geneva - More than a third of Haitians are facing "severe food insecurity", sparked by price hikes, dwindling agricultural production and widespread social unrest, the UN's World Food Programme warned Friday.

Assange 'may die in jail', father warns

Geneva - The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday he worried his son would die in prison after nine years of "persecution" for daring to reveal US "war crimes".

Discussions on Syria constitution going 'better than expected': UN

Geneva - A first round of discussions towards amending Syria's constitution went better than anticipated, the UN mediator said Friday, adding that the talks would resume on November 25.

Putting data into music offers an alternative WiFi method

Swiss scientists have come up with a method for embedding data in music. The music-data can then be transmitted to a smartphone, in a way where the data is imperceptible to the human ear. This promises new applications in hotels and department stores.
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