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Geneva to translate information into English
Aerial view of Geneva. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Geneva to translate information into English
45 minutes ago

In a move it says will help new residents integrate better, the city of Geneva is translating multiple administrative documents and information flyers into English and four other languages.

Del Ponte backs Russian intervention in Syria
Photo: Devra Berkowiz/UN/File

Del Ponte backs Russian intervention in Syria
1 day ago

Former war crimes prosecutor and Swiss lawyer Carla Del Ponte, who is currently probing rights abuses in Syria, has backed Russia's air strikes on "terrorist groups" in the war-torn country.

Former French minister goes on trial for tax fraud
Former French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac. Photo: AFP

Former French minister goes on trial for tax fraud
2 days ago

Former French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac, who resigned in disgrace in 2013 after admitting to having a secret Swiss bank account, goes on trial on Monday for tax fraud.

UN panel calls for Assange to be freed
Photo: David G. Silvers

UN panel calls for Assange to be freed
February 05, 2016

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained by both Sweden and Britain, says a Geneva-based UN panel, which called on both countries to release him and pay him compensation.

UN tells France to enforce smacking ban
Photo: AFP

UN tells France to enforce smacking ban
February 05, 2016

France, which has come under fire for not fully banning smacking, must "explicitly prohibit" all forms of corporal punishment of children, says a UN report that criticized its treatment of Roma and asylum-seeking minors.

Airlines carry more passengers in 2015: IATA
February 04, 2016

Global air passenger traffic jumped 6.5 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, boosted largely by lower air fares, the Geneva-based IATA says.

Swiss deny funding military actions against Boko Haram
People displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, mostly women and children, stand waiting for food at Dikwa Camp, in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria earlier this week. Photo: AFP

Swiss deny funding military actions against Boko Haram
February 04, 2016

Switzerland denies funding military operations against Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist insurgents after a senior African Union official said it was among donors to an international intervention force.

UN envoy in Geneva calls for Syria talks 'pause'
Mohammed Alloush, chief negotiator for the main Syrian opposition, holds photo of child wounded in the town of Madaya, under government siege, on Wednesday in Geneva. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UN envoy in Geneva calls for Syria talks 'pause'
February 03, 2016

UPDATED: The UN special envoy for Syria announced on Wednesday a pause until February 25th of troubled talks in Geneva aimed at ending the country's brutal civil war.

WHO responds to Zika virus with global unit
WHO's Geneva headquarters. Photo: Yann Forget

WHO responds to Zika virus with global unit
February 02, 2016

The Geneva-based World Health Organization has created a global unit to respond to the Zika virus, voicing fears the disease blamed for a surge in birth defects in South America could spread across Africa and Asia.

Syria crimes against humanity 'should not be let off': UN
Syrian security forces and residents gather at the site of suicide bombings in the area of a revered Shiite shrine in the town of Sayyida Zeinab, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Sunday. P

Syria crimes against humanity 'should not be let off': UN
February 01, 2016

The UN human rights chief says those committing crimes against humanity in Syria's brutal war should not be let off under any deal, as peace talks struggle in Geneva.

Bern struggling to free Swiss kidnapped again in Mali
Burkhalter: 'We're in a battle to keep her alive.' Photo: AFP/File

Bern struggling to free Swiss kidnapped again in Mali
January 31, 2016

Switzerland is struggling to resolve the case of a Swiss woman kidnapped for a second time by jihadists in Mali, Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter says.

UN Syria envoy upbeat after opposition talks
UN envoy Staffan de Mistura leaves after holding talks with the HNC opposition. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

UN Syria envoy upbeat after opposition talks
January 31, 2016

"I am optimistic and determined because it's an historic occasion not be missed," Staffan de Mistura told reporters.

Syrian opposition joins Geneva peace talks
HNC chief Riad Hijab at an earlier meeting in Paris. Photo: Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Syrian opposition joins Geneva peace talks
January 30, 2016

"There is no realistic scenario in which a breakthrough would be reached," says Paris analyst.

EU troops face new child abuse claims in Africa
January 29, 2016

The UN rights chief in Geneva is expressing alarm at new allegations of child abuse by foreign peacekeepers in the troubled Central African Republic, including cases involving European Union troops.

UN poised to start Syria peace talks in Geneva 'without fail'
Photo: The Local

UN poised to start Syria peace talks in Geneva 'without fail'
January 28, 2016

The UN says there is no postponement of Syria peace talks due to start on Friday in Geneva, despite uncertainty around whether the main opposition umbrella group will attend.

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