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Watch: Taxis in Geneva show solidarity with Kashmir

The campaign aims to highlight the topic internationally

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September 16, 2019


Marie Antoinette’s jewels up for auction in Switzerland

A monogrammed ring containing a lock of her hair has been valued at $8,000-10,000

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November 14, 2018


UN says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps

A U.N. human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that another 2…

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August 10, 2018


World’s most-starred chef Joel Robuchon dead at 73

Joel Robuchon, the world’s most-starred Michelin chef who tore down kitchen walls to give diners new insights into the art of haute cuisine, has died at 73, a French government spokesman said Monday. Robuchon, who was hailed as one of four “chefs of the century” by the Gault Millau industry bible in 1990, founded a…

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August 6, 2018


Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN

A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50-percent increase from the 42.7 million uprooted…

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June 19, 2018


Largest diamond ever auctioned sold for record $34 mn in Geneva

GENEVA: The largest diamond ever offered at auction went under the hammer in Geneva Tuesday evening for nearly $34 million, a world record for a gem of its kind, the Christie’s auction house said. The 163.41-carat flawless D colour diamond, suspended from an emerald and diamond necklace called The Art of Grisogono, sold for 33.5…

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November 15, 2017


Asif presents Pakistan’s national report on human rights in Geneva

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif Monday presented Pakistan’s national report on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the Human Rights Council in Geneva. According to a message received here, this was the third report by Pakistan since the inception of UPR process in 2006, the first two being in 2008 and 2012. The foreign…

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November 13, 2017


Trump to add sanctions on North Korea, but not on oil: U.S.

NEW YORK: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States will add more sanctions against North Korea, while U.S. allies have called for enforcing existing international sanctions as the best way to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program. The sanctions are not expected to further target oil, a senior Trump…

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September 21, 2017


North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

PYONGYANG: North Korea told a U.N. rights panel that international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs would endanger the survival of North Korean children. Han Tae Song, Pyongyang’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, was speaking at a hearing of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the…

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September 21, 2017


Syria sees first polio cases in three years: WHO

GENEVA: Three new cases of polio have been recorded in Syria in the first outbreak of the virus in the country since 2014, the World Health Organization and a partner initiative said. The new cases were registered in the oil-rich province Deir Ezzor, the majority of which is controlled by the Islamic State group and…

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June 9, 2017


With Trump at helm, US takes seat at UN rights council

GENEVA: The United States will on Monday claim its seat at the UN Human Rights Council under the new presidency of Donald Trump, whose election has provoked deep concern over the body’s future. Over its 11-year history, the council has come in for criticism, including allegations that it has, at times, been co-opted by rights…

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February 27, 2017


Syria vows ‘retaliation’ as attack jolts peace talks

Syria vowed Saturday to retaliate following the deadly suicide assault in its third city Homs, as the UN said the attack was aimed to “spoil” sputtering peace talks starting in Geneva. “The terrorist attacks that targeted Homs today were a clear message from the sponsors of terrorism to Geneva,” said Bashar al-Jaafari, the Damascus envoy…

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February 25, 2017


Rare blue diamond goes under hammer in Geneva for $17m

GENEVA: A rare blue diamond sold in Geneva for just over $17 million, as Sotheby’s eyed total sales in excess of $100 million at the autumn jewel auctions. The 8.01-carat “Sky Blue” diamond in a Cartier setting was snapped up for $17.1 million (15.9 million euros), a hike of 33 percent on the $12.8 million…

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November 17, 2016


Lavrov blames Washington as Syria talks drag on

GENEVA: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged reporters waiting for the end of talks on the Syrian crisis to be patient Friday and said US officials were checking back with Washington.

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September 10, 2016


US, Russia fail to reach breakthrough deal on cooperation in Syria

GENEVA: The United States and Russia failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough deal on military cooperation and a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria but said they had a few “narrow” issues to resolve before an agreement could be announced.

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August 27, 2016


Kerry arrives in Geneva for Syria talks with Lavrov

GENEVA: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva late Thursday for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss the situation in war-ravaged Syria.

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August 26, 2016


Trump says comment on Obama founding IS was sarcasm

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump backtracked Friday from his assertion that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton founded the Islamic State group, saying he was just being sarcastic. As he often does, the Republican presidential nominee accused the news media of misconstruing something he said. In this case he targeted CNN, although his comments on the jihadist…

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August 12, 2016


French artist eyes record with giant hillside portrait

GENEVA: Armed with a spray gun and lugging buckets of flour, water, and pigment, a French artist has overcome storms and burrowing moles to turn a hectare of Swiss hillside into what is believed to be the world’s largest painting on grass. It took five days for Guillaume Legros, better known as Saype, to paint…

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August 5, 2016


Pakistan leads discussions on ‘Women and Disarmament’

GENEVA: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Geneva, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, as the President of the Conference on Disarmament led a plenary of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) on Thursday to discuss the role of women in disarmament. A Pakistani expert, Professor Salma Malik; Secretary General of the Conference on Disarmament, Mr. Michael Moller…

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May 20, 2016


Rare blue diamond aims for record price at Geneva auction

GENEVA: A dazzling blue diamond once owned by mining magnate Philip Oppenheimer could fetch a record sale price Wednesday, with auction house Christie’s hoping it tops the staggering $48.4 million mark set last year. The 14.62-carat “Oppenheimer Blue” is the largest stone in the exceptionally-rare Fancy Vivid Blue category ever to go under the hammer,…

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May 18, 2016


Syrian government returning to talks on Monday, Ja’afari says

GENEVA: The Syrian government delegation in Geneva said on Friday that it had discussed humanitarian issues with the United Nations Special Envoy and  would meet him again on Monday. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari, head of the government delegation, was speaking to reporters in Geneva following talks with U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, after…

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April 22, 2016