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US, Russian nuclear shift as dangerous as NKorean threat: campaigners

Geneva - A recent shift in nuclear weapons policies in the United States and Russia, involving upgrades, modernisation and growing arsenals is as dangerous as North Korea's nuclear threat, campaigners warned Thursday.

Crisis sparked by sex abuse grips UNAIDS chief

Geneva - It started with sexual assault allegations against a male UNAIDS executive and a heavily-criticised internal investigation that exonerated the accused.

Catalan parliament speaker opposes new elections

Geneva - The speaker of the Catalan parliament said Wednesday that new elections were not in the region's "interest" while Spain persists in blocking a new president from taking office.

Pentagon Papers whistleblower urges Mattis to protect world from Trump

Geneva - Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg called Friday on the Pentagon chief to "protect us" from President Donald Trump by resisting orders to launch military actions or use nuclear weapons.

Aid conference for DR Congo expected to draw $530 mn in pledges: UN

Geneva - Donors gathered in Geneva Friday were expected to cough up pledges of $530 million (430 million euros) towards addressing a towering humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said.The amount was less than a quarter of the some $2....

Catalan separatist Rovira aims to rebuild life in Switzerland: report

Geneva - Catalan separatist Marta Rovira, who fled Spain last month to escape charges over the region's breakaway bid, said in an interview published Thursday she planned to settle in Switzerland for good.

German billionaire vanishes on Swiss Alps skiing trip

Geneva - The billionaire chief of Germany's sprawling Tengelmann retail group has gone missing while skiing in the Swiss Alps, the company said Wednesday, although searchers have not given up hope of finding him.

Markets 'overreacting' to trade war rhetoric: UN official

Geneva - Market gyrations in response to tariff threats from political leaders show that financial traders do not grasp the intricacies of global trade, a senior UN official said Wednesday.

WHO demands access to victims of alleged Syria chemical attack

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Wednesday demanded "immediate" access to the victims of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, voicing indignation at the strike that caused symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic substances.

Glencore CEO quits Rusal board after US sanctions

Zurich - Swiss mining mammoth Glencore said Tuesday its chief Ivan Glasenberg had resigned from the board of Russian aluminium giant Rusal after it was hit with US sanctions and saw its share price collapse.

UN reopens talks on defining 'killer robots'

Geneva - A new round of talks on the use of so-called killer robots reopened at the United Nations on Monday, with a focus on defining the characteristics of autonomous lethal weapons.

UN rights committee blasts Hungary days ahead of vote

Geneva - The United Nations Human Rights Committee on Thursday issued a scathing report on Hungary, days before the country's election, criticising Budapest over a raft of issues including rising hate speech.

First UN humanitarian mission to Syria's Raqa since IS defeat

Geneva - The United Nations said Wednesday that it has conducted its first humanitarian mission to Raqa since the Syrian city was liberated from the Islamic State group, warning that returning civilians face enormous risks.

Three Spaniards die in Swiss avalanche

Geneva - Three Spanish cross-country skiers died after being engulfed by an avalanche in the Swiss Alps, police said Sunday.

Can machines be taught to spot the essential?

Zurich - Physicists are examining the possibility of harnessing machine learning as an integral part of the physical reasoning process, developing platforms to help advance science.

UN says 'appalled' by Venezuela prison deaths, urges probe

Geneva - The United Nations on Thursday voiced outrage at the deaths of 68 people when a fire engulfed police holding cells in Venezuela and urged Caracas to investigate the tragedy.

Will the WTO survive Trump?

Geneva - An international organisation that Donald Trump demeans, undermines and then embraces when it suits his interests: probably sounds familiar within NATO, or the UN.Now it's time to add the World Trade Organization to the list.

UN Syria probe awash with war crime evidence

Geneva - UN investigators gathering evidence against perpetrators of horrific crimes committed in Syria's seven-year war said Tuesday they had begun sifting through "unprecedented" amounts of information.

Nearly 170,000 flee violence in Syria's Afrin: UN

Geneva - Nearly 170,000 people have fled after a Turkish-led assault on the Kurdish-majority Syrian city of Afrin, the UN said Friday, pointing to the harrowing conditions faced by those displaced.

UN concerned for safety of thousands fleeing Syria's Ghouta

Geneva - The United Nations said Tuesday it was "deeply concerned" over the safety of tens of thousands of civilians fleeing Syria's Eastern Ghouta as well as the security screening procedures for those trying to leave.
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