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Chinese carmakers show goods in Geneva as sales tank at home

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:40 PM

New Chinese players come out in force this year in Europe's biggest annual car show, which has typically been a showcase for luxury cars from historic manufacturers

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 5, 2019: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster sports car debut at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show. VanderWolf Images / Shutterstock.com

Geneva to ban religious symbols on public employees

Feb 10, 2019 - 10:57 PM

Critics claim the law will have an oppressive and discriminatory effect

After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Cupping his hands around his mouth, the night watchman atop the Lausanne cathedral bell tower allows his voice to carry across the rooftops, just as his predecessors have done every evening since 1405

Marco Carrara, a replacement watchman, holds a lantern as he looks out from the Lausanne Cathedral bell tower, on December 17, 2018 in Lausanne. Every evening, the night watchman clambers to the top of the Lausanne cathedral bell tower and gets to work: he shouts out the time each hour, keeping a six-century-old tradition alive. The night watchman, one of the last in Europe, no longer alerts this Swiss city to fires, but he does help the residents to keep track of the time. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

No face-to-face meetings at Yemen peace talks

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Yemen's warring parties confirm they are sending high-level delegations to the talks but officials say expectations of a breakthrough are low

Pope Francis seeks 'unity' with non-Catholics in Geneva

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Pope Franics is at Geneva at the invitation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which was created in 1948 and groups 350 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican churches from more than 100 countries around the world, with around half a billion believers among them

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis blesses children next to President of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset upon his arrival at Geneva Airport for a one-day visit at the invitation of the World Council of Churches (WWC) on June 21, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Tony Gentile/AFP

Two Filipino inventions receive gold recognition in Geneva tilt

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:38 PM

The winning inventions are a quick dengue detection system and a portable smart surface system

BIOTEK M. Currently still in development, the Biotek M Dengue-Aqua is being designed to expedite clinical dengue testing. Photo from DOST.


Afghan man held after bomb threat near Bern station

Mar 03, 2018 - 8:38 AM

Two suspicious objects found in the man's possession are rendered harmless. There is no explosion or any injuries or damage.

Heavy snow forces Geneva airport to suspend all flights

Mar 01, 2018 - 4:20 PM

'Because of the prevailing weather conditions, Geneva Airport is currently closed to air traffic until further notice,' the airport says on its website

UN Geneva staff plan work stoppage over pay cuts

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:35 PM

(UPDATED) It is still unclear how many of the 9,500 United Nations staff in Geneva are joining the strike on Tuesday, February 27

UN. The United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. File photo by AFP

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Feb 13, 2018 - 9:00 PM

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Syrian opposition agrees to send united delegation to Geneva talks

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:05 AM

'We have agreed with the two other (opposition) branches to send a united delegation to participate in the direct negotiations in Geneva,' says Bassma Kodmani, a member of the Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee

OPPOSITION. In this file photo, Bassma Kodmani of the delegation of Syria's High Negotiations Committee (HNC) arrives to take part in a round of negotiations between the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) and the UN at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on March 23, 2016. File photo by Martial Trezzini/AFP

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Aug 31, 2017 - 2:52 PM

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UN Syria envoy hails small gains in latest peace talks

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:29 AM

United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura plans to convene an 8th round of talks in early September and instructs all sides including the regime to be ready to tackle the flashpoint issue of political transition

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura briefs the press after speaking to a group of Syrians holding a vigil on the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 23, 2017. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Martial law in Mindanao: DOH hospitals 'fully operational'

May 25, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says her department will not discriminate against any sector in the performance of its duty whether the patients be on the government side or otherwise

Pay cut for UN's Geneva staff a sign 'happy days' are over

May 17, 2017 - 12:12 AM

Some opponents of the looming Geneva salary cut say geopolitics may have influenced the decision

File photo by AFP

[Newspoint] Quibbling over life and death in the war on drugs

May 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Thousands of lives have been taken summarily and we are debating whether those killings were justified or not

Cayetano to UN: No new wave of killings in PH

May 08, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano blames critics and the media for supposedly changing the definition of extrajudicial killings aimed at deceiving the world about President Duterte s war on drugs

Peace talks produce 'clear agenda' for war-scarred Syria

Mar 04, 2017 - 8:34 AM

The Geneva negotiations the first since last April are the latest effort to seek to end a conflict that began in March 2011 with protests against Syrian President Bashar al Assad

PEACE TALKS. UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura shows a picture during a press conference as part of the Intra-Syrian peace talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, on March 3, 2017. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Syria attack deals fresh blow to faltering peace talks

Feb 26, 2017 - 1:03 AM

The regime s envoy to the talks in Geneva says Syria would retaliate following the deadly assault claimed by former Al Qaeda affiliate Fateh al Sham Front

Syrian government forces man a checkpoint at the President square in Homs, the country's third city, on February 25, 2017 as security measures were tightened following a number of suicide attacks. Stringer/AFP

'Dump Trump': Thousands join global march

Jan 22, 2017 - 1:02 AM

From London to Sydney thousands of people take to the streets in solidarity with US protesters a day after America s new president was inaugurated

'LOVE TRUMPS HATE.' Protesters hold home made placards during the Women's March in Trafalgar Square in London on January 21, 2017 as part of a global day of protests against new US President Donald Trump. Ben Stansall/AFP

US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks

Aug 27, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Moscow and Washington support opposite sides in the Syrian conflict which erupted in March 2011 after President Bashar al Assad unleashed a brutal crackdown against a pro democracy revolt

TALKS RESUME. This file photio from the US Department of State shows US Secretary of State John Kerry looking out of a window next to US and Russian national flags, before a meeting with his Russian counterpart, at the Radisson Blu hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, January 20, 2016. Handout photo from the US Department of State/EPA

Kerry, Lavrov meet on Syria conflict

Aug 26, 2016 - 5:00 PM

3rd UPDATE Successive rounds of international negotiations have failed to end a conflict that has killed more than 290 000 people and forced millions from their homes in more than 5 years

TALKS RESUME. This file photio from the US Department of State shows US Secretary of State John Kerry looking out of a window next to US and Russian national flags, before a meeting with his Russian counterpart, at the Radisson Blu hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, January 20, 2016. Handout photo from the US Department of State/EPA

Why international humanitarian law compliance should be universal

Aug 12, 2016 - 11:05 PM

In celebrating the International Humanitarian Law Day we must be ever mindful of what those laws mean and why they matter in modern society

Duterte to NPA: No landmines or cancel peace talks

Aug 07, 2016 - 11:42 AM

The President emphasizes that the use of landmines is prohibited under the Geneva Convention

END LANDMINE USE. President Rodrigo Duterte tells the New People's Army to stop using landmines in its attack to the military, following the Geneva Convention. Photo from MARO PCO

Recall Teehankee DFA appointment, labor groups ask Duterte

Jul 15, 2016 - 4:55 PM

UPDATED Teehankee says No harm was intended and all wages as sanctioned by Philippine and Swiss regulations have been long paid and settled

DFA USEC. Undersecretary Manuel Teehankee photo from his Facebook page

'Panama Papers' firm demands prosecution of suspect in Switzerland

Jun 17, 2016 - 10:45 AM

Mossack Fonseca says in its statement it is fully confident that authorities in the various countries would see through the corresponding [legal] processes in a transparent and effective manner

MOSSACK FONSECA. In this file photo, members of the Trade Union of Construction Workers protest in front of the headquarters of the law firm Mossack Fonseca in Panama City, Panama, April 13, 2016. File photo by Alejandro Bolivar/EPA

Assad insists on unity gov't despite opposition demands

Mar 30, 2016 - 11:25 PM

UPDATED Syrian President Bashar al Assad also estimates that the 5 year civil war has caused over 200 billion in economic and infrastructure damage

epa04963726 A handout picture made available by Syria's official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 04 October 2015 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during an interview to the Iranian Khabar TV channel in the Presidential Palace in Damascus, Syria, 01 October 2015. The Middle East would face destruction if a regional alliance led by Russia against militants failed, al-Assad said in his first remarks since Moscow started an air campaign portraying it as aimed at fighting terrorism in his war-torn country on 30 September. Several Western powers backing rebels in Syria have repeatedly called for al-Assad - who has been in power since 2000 - to step down to end the country's conflict, which has claimed the lives of at least 250,000, according to the UN estimates. EPA/SANA / HANDOUT

Syrian refugee crisis demands united global action – UN chief

Mar 30, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Attempts to demonize [refugees] are not only offensive; they are factually incorrect says UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon

epa05235865 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the meeting on global responsibility sharing through pathways for admission of Syrian refugees, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. The UNHCR is hosting a high-level Conference in Geneva that will focus on refugees from Syria, and the need to generate a substantial increase in resettlement and other answers for their plight. EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI

Syria sees 'no progress' at peace talks, blasts UN mediator

Mar 19, 2016 - 11:29 PM

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura does not have the right to put pressure on anybody and should not take anybody s side says a source close to the Syrian government

UN peace envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks with reporters in Damascus, Syria, 11 February 2015. Youssef Badawi/EPA

Assad ouster 'red line' for regime – Syria FM

Mar 12, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Walid Muallem also says that the government delegation to the Geneva talks due to start on Monday will wait no more than 24 hours for the opposing side to arrive

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. File photo by Sergei Chirikov/EPA

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Mar 11, 2016 - 7:05 PM

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Global volatility shaking up worldwide living costs – survey

Mar 10, 2016 - 9:35 PM

Singapore remains the most expensive city in the world followed by Zurich and Hong Kong tied at second

epa05202294 A general view of the financial district seen from across the Marina Bay in Singapore, 09 March 2016. EPA/WALLACE WOON

EU says Turkey must keep border open to Syrian refugees

Feb 06, 2016 - 6:50 PM

The increasing number of refugees is a growing concern for the European Union and also prompts its top leaders to remind Turkey of its commitments

DISPLACED. The European Union reminds Turkey to take in refugees, as the possibility of a greater number of displaced persons looms. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

UN rights chief sounds war crimes warning as Syria peace talks struggle

Feb 01, 2016 - 9:52 PM

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

AFTERMATH. Syrian boys run past a destroyed field hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 29 October 2015. Photo by Mohammed Badra / EPA

Opposition heads to peace talks as more Syrians starve

Jan 30, 2016 - 11:47 PM

The High Negotiations Committee bows to US and Saudi pressure to at least show up in Geneva but insists it won t negotiate with Assad s regime until UN resolutions putting an end to sieges of towns are adhered to

PEACE TALKS. Representatives sit after arriving for the round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 29, 2016. Martial Trezzini/EPA

Main Syrian opposition to join Geneva peace talks

Jan 30, 2016 - 8:31 AM

Backed by external powers embroiled in Syria s war the talks are seeking to end a conflict that has killed more than 260 000 people and fueled the meteoric rise of the extremist Islamic State group

'POLITICAL PROCESS.' Satellite trucks stand in front the United Nations Office during the round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 2016. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA

Syria opposition to miss start of key peace talks

Jan 29, 2016 - 8:26 AM

The Saudi backed High Negotiations Committee says it would not attend the Geneva negotiations until an agreement is reached on aid entering besieged towns

CIVIL WAR. Syrians inspect damages following an airstrike by forces loyal to the Syrian government in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, January 27, 2016. Photo by Mohammed Badra/EPA

Syria says ready to enter new peace talks

Dec 24, 2015 - 8:18 PM

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem says Damascus is ready for a dialogue without any foreign interference

Syrian refugees arrive at Jordan Syria border point of Al-Rugban area at the north east of Jordan, 10 September 2015. The Syrian refugees arrive from Raqqa and Deir al Zoor fleeing from ISIS fighters and the Syrian regime attacks. EPA/JAMAL NASRALLAH

UP graduate students tops int'l dev contest

Oct 21, 2015 - 1:37 PM

A team of 3 students from UP Diliman bested 44 other finalists to win the Geneva Challenge in Switzerland

The Graduate Institute

Mediterranean migrant crossings top 300,000 in 2015 – UN

Aug 28, 2015 - 8:48 PM

The numbers tower high above arrivals in 2014 when some 219 000 made the crossing over the entire year

MIGRANT CRISIS. Migrants from North Africa continue to spill into Europe. Photo by Louise George/EPA

Saudi strikes hit homes, markets in Yemen: rights group

Jul 01, 2015 - 1:46 AM

Human Rights Watch says Saudi led coalition air strikes on a rebel stronghold in Yemen destroyed houses markets and a school killing dozens of people in what could amount to war crimes

Yemeni children peer out of a window in the old city of Sana’a, Yemen, 15 June 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab / EPA

Saudi-led strikes hit Yemen's Aden

Jun 20, 2015 - 5:13 PM

A source says at least 15 air strikes rocked the northern eastern and western approaches to Aden

AFTERMATH. Yemenis search for survivors under the rubble of houses in the UNESCO-listed heritage site in the old city of Yemeni capital Sanaa, on June 12, 2015 following an overnight Saudi-led air strike. Photo by Mohammed Huwais / AFP

Yemen rebels snub government and demand talks with Saudis

Jun 16, 2015 - 11:16 PM

Iran backed Yemeni rebels accuse Saudi Arabia of trying to sabotage UN peace talks in Geneva and ruled out negotiations with the internationally recognized exiled government saying it lacked legitimacy

AFTERMATH. Yemenis search for survivors under the rubble of houses in the UNESCO-listed heritage site in the old city of Yemeni capital Sanaa, on June 12, 2015 following an overnight Saudi-led air strike. Photo by Mohammed Huwais / AFP

UN expects Yemen talks to start Monday in Geneva

Jun 14, 2015 - 8:48 PM

Should the talks kick off in time there would be extremely intensive consultations day and night

MEETING. A wide view of the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Yemen. Photo by Loey Felipe/UN Photo

MSF fighting cholera outbreak in Tanzania refugee camps

May 24, 2015 - 7:43 PM

The refugees are confronted with an impossible choice at the moment: to remain in Burundi and face insecurity or seek refuge in Tanzania and risk cholera

World's largest particle collider busts record

May 21, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Experiments at the collider are aimed at unlocking clues as to how the universe came into existence

Five killed in Swiss shooting

May 10, 2015 - 9:23 PM

Aside from the shooter who turned the gun on himself after a killing spree among those dead are a 58 year old man his 57 year old wife a 32 year old man and a 46 year old man

Half of world's rural populations cannot access health care – UN

Apr 27, 2015 - 9:13 PM

In the first report of its kind the UN s International Labour Organization finds that the rural urban divide was omnipresent from the richest countries down to the poorest

ESCAPING WAR. A woman and her children displaced by fighting in South Sudan sit outside her tent at the Kule camp for Internally Displaced People at the Pagak border crossing in Gambella, Ethiopia, on July 10, 2014. Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

Swiss ski resort bans selfies with iconic Saint Bernards

Apr 26, 2015 - 2:56 PM

The popular ski resort of Zermatt bans tourists from posing for photos with the famed search and rescue dog

Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to heed UN, pull back

Apr 25, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Ali Abdullah Saleh calls for UN brokered Saudi Yemeni talks to be held in Geneva

'HEED UN.' Fighters loyal to Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi drive an armoured fighting vehicle to an exchange of fire with Houthi militiamen in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, 24 April 2015. Photo by EPA