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Geneva shopping centre shooting victim dies

A 37-year-old man has died from his injuries after he was shot in the head and arm following a dispute at a shopping centre on the outskirts of Geneva on Tuesday evening.

The victim died at around two o’clock in the morning on Wednesday at Geneva University Hospital, just hours after the attack at the Les Cygnes shopping centre.

A number of people in the area told newspaper La Tribune de Geneve that the alleged killer and his victim both lived on the margins of society and were likely drug users.

The suspect does not contest the facts that led to the other man’s death. He was arrested at a Chinese restaurant shortly after the attack.

Read more: Man critically injured in shopping centre shooting

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Geneva International Motor Show 2023 cancelled

Organisers of the Geneva auto show said Thursday they were scrapping next year's event in the Swiss city, blaming global economic "uncertainties".

Geneva International Motor Show 2023 cancelled

The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) — long a major event on the auto industry calendar — had been cancelled three times in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic, but was scheduled to make a comeback in early 2023.

The organisers however agreed at a meeting in Bern Thursday that they could not go ahead with the Geneva event.

Instead, they said they would focus fully on an already planned first edition of the show in Qatar in November 2023.

BACKGROUND: Geneva auto show 2021 cancelled over coronavirus crisis

“Due to the uncertainties in the global economy and geopolitics, as well as the risks related to the development of the pandemic, the organisers have decided to focus exclusively on the planning of the event in Doha in 2023,”

Maurice Turrettini, who heads the foundation that organises the show, said in a statement.

Sandro Mesquita, GIMS chief executive, voiced regret over the cancellation. 

“In these uncertain times,” he said, “many brands are not in a position to commit to participating in a show in Europe in the winter.”

The organisers did not say when they expected the next Geneva edition of the show to take place.

The Doha version will take place every two years, they said.

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