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Catch the dust, real gold as light as air

Zurich - A new type of gold has been created and it is as light as air. The new material takes the form of a foam and it is one thousand times lighter than mined gold, making the material the lightest form of the metal ever produced.

Aid to rural poor needed to stem migrant crisis, UN says

Ginebra - Fixing the migrant crisis requires rich nations to invest in rural areas and agriculture in the world's poorest countries, the UN said Wednesday.

2015 set to be hottest year on record: UN

Ginebra - The year 2015 is shaping up to be the hottest on record, the UN's weather agency said Wednesday, days before a UN summit opens in Paris to craft a climate rescue pact.Based on data for the first 10 months of the year, "We feel very confident...

Swiss region set to ban full-face veil

Ginebra - Switzerland’s Italian-speaking region has moved a step closer to banning the full-face Muslim veil, after its parliament gave the proposed law the thumbs-up this week.

FIFA court opens case against Blatter, Platini, decision in December

Lausanne - The judgement arm of FIFA's ethics committee on Monday opened a case against the body's suspended president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, with a verdict in the corruption allegations surrounding both men due next month.

FIFA ethics committee requests sanctions for Blatter, Platini

Ginebra - The FIFA ethics committee probing allegations of corruption against suspended president Sepp Blatter and his would-be successor, Michel Platini, requested Saturday that sanctions be levelled against both men.

Balkan border restrictions 'untenable', refugees at risk: UN

Ginebra - The United Nations warned Friday that tightening restrictions imposed by countries along the migrant route through the Balkans is creating an increasingly untenable situation, stranding many outdoors amid plunging temperatures.

New Ebola case confirmed in Liberia: WHO

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Friday confirmed that a new case of the deadly Ebola virus has surfaced in Liberia, which was declared Ebola free in September.

Swiss farmer finds 4,166 Roman-era coins buried in his orchard

A Swiss farmer in the Aargau area near Zurich was working on digging out a molehill that was harming his cherry tree recently when he found something far more valuable than fruit: buried Roman-era coins. The treasure trove of coins date back 1,700 years.

Trove of antique Roman coins found in Swiss orchard

Ginebra - A Swiss fruit-and-vegetable farmer stumbled across more than tree roots when inspecting his cherry orchard recently, uncovering a massive trove of coins buried some 1,700 years ago, archeologists said Thursday.

Climate change could slash polar bear numbers 30% by 2050

Ginebra - Polar bears look set to see their numbers dwindle by nearly third by mid-century, a top conservation body said Thursday, warning climate change poses the greatest threat to the king of the Arctic.

China says making 'enormous efforts' against torture

Ginebra - Chinese officials told a UN hearing Wednesday their country was working hard to root out torture, but experts and activists accused them of dodging tough questions and insisted the practice remained commonplace.

UN warns Europe against 'backtracking' on migrant commitments

Ginebra - The United Nations on Tuesday urged states not to "backtrack" on pledges made to host migrants and refugees, including from Syria, in the wake of the attacks in Paris.

Asian appetite for luxury boosts global art and jewel auctions

Ginebra - They are not in the room rubbing shoulders with traditional wealthy buyers, instead choosing to remain in the shadows, making their multi-million bids by telephone.

Cold threatens 700,000 children in eastern Ukraine: UNICEF

Ginebra - Damaged pipelines in war-torn eastern Ukraine are threatening to cut off water, heating and electrical supplies at a time when temperatures are plunging, putting some 700,000 children at risk, UNICEF warned Friday.

UN warns of Lesbos chaos as Med migrant crossings pass 800,000

Ginebra - More than 800,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, the UN said Friday, warning the Greek island of Lesbos especially was overstretched, with thousands, including young children, forced to sleep outside.

Venezuela leader snubs 'reckless accusations' at UN

Ginebra - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday lashed out at those making "reckless accusations" against his country in an address at the UN Human Rights Council, a speech the US called "an affront" to the body.

Maternal mortality cut by almost half in 25 years: UN

Ginebra - Deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes have fallen by almost half across the world in the past quarter century, but only nine countries have achieved the targets set by the UN, a report by UN agencies and the World Bank said Thursday.

World nations reach landmark deal on using satellites to track flights

Ginebra - World nations struck a landmark deal Wednesday on using satellites to track flights, which could prove key to preventing a repeat of the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 in March 2014.

WADA urges Russian athletics ban, London Olympics 'sabotaged'

Ginebra - Russian athletics should be suspended from all competition, including the 2016 Olympic Games, a damning report by World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) independent commission into widespread doping and corruption urged on Monday.
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