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Jul 8, 2015

Sam Smith makes smooth debut at Montreux jazz festival

By Stephanie Nebehay

MONTREUX, Switzerland, July 7(Reuters) – British soul singer
Sam Smith, freshly recovered from surgery on his vocal cords,
delivered a smooth yet punchy concert to jazz fans on Tuesday
night in his first appearance on the famed Montreux stage.

Smith opened with “I’m not the Only One”, followed by other
chart-topping hits from his 2014 debut studio album “In the
Lonely Hour”, including “Leave Your Lover”, “Restart” and “Not
in that Way”.

Jul 7, 2015

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett ‘cheek-to-cheek’ at Montreux jazz fest

MONTREUX, Switzerland, July 6 (Reuters) – Pop star Lady Gaga
and crooner Tony Bennett brought a mix of Cole Porter, Duke
Ellington, Frank Sinatra and even Edith Piaf to a sell-out crowd
spanning generations at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Monday
night.

Legendary producer Quincy Jones introduced the odd American
couple, praising Gaga as a singer who had “blown his mind.” He
also recalled working on the musical arrangement for Bennett’s
1966 hit “Girl Talk.”

Jul 3, 2015

U.N. calls on Israel, Palestinians to prosecute Gaza war crimes

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights body called on Israel and the Palestinians to prosecute alleged war crimes committed in the 2014 Gaza war and to cooperate with the International Criminal Court’s preliminary investigation.

The U.N. Human Rights Council debated the issue days before the first anniversary of Israel launching “Operation Protective Edge” in response to rockets fired by militants in the Hamas-ruled enclave into Israel.

Jul 2, 2015

Civilians in Yemen’s Aden struggle to survive fighting, shortages: Red Cross

GENEVA (Reuters) – Civilians struggling to survive street battles and Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden are also facing shrinking supplies of food and fuel, a senior official from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

    Hunger and disease are threatening the 1 million residents of Aden, now a war zone caught between local militiamen and Houthi fighters, Bertrand Lamon told Reuters in Geneva.

Jul 2, 2015

United States asks Swiss to extradite 7 in FIFA inquiry

ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States has asked
Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an
investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer’s
governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said
on Thursday.

The move marks the start of a legal process expected to last
several months during which the officials, who have been in jail
since being detained on U.S. arrest warrants in May, will either
keep fighting extradition to the United States or agree to go.

Jul 1, 2015

U.N. warns of risks as Europe enjoys scorcher

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations warned on Wednesday of the dangers posed by hot weather, especially to children and the elderly, as much of Europe sweltered in a heatwave whose intensity it blamed on climate change.

Authorities should give people as much warning as possible of potentially dangerous high temperatures so that they take can precautions, the World Meteorological Organization and the World Health Organization said.

Jun 29, 2015

Israel, Palestinians say to investigate Gaza warcrime accusations

GENEVA (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians promised on Monday to investigate alleged war crimes committed by their forces during the 2014 Gaza war, amid growing calls for an end to impunity on both sides.

During an often virulent three-hour debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council, boycotted by Israel, the president of the Geneva forum rebuked envoys of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela for referring to Israel as a “racist regime” and its “genocidal aggression”.

Jun 26, 2015

U.N. rights experts urge U.S. moratorium on death penalty

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations human rights experts appealed to the United States on Friday to impose a moratorium on the death penalty for federal crimes, including the sentence imposed on the Boston Marathon bomber, with a view to abolishing the practice.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was moved on Thursday to a U.S. penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, home to the so-called “Supermax” unit that houses high-risk prisoners.

Jun 26, 2015

U.N. urges EU states to make ‘concrete commitments’ on refugees

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that the European Union’s decisions on the migrant crisis would need to be followed by “concrete commitments” from member states to ease the pressure on Italy and Greece.

European leaders argued into the early hours of Friday over how to handle the crisis in the Mediterranean, agreeing a plan to share out the care of desperate people fleeing war and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East.

Jun 23, 2015

Assad troops and rebels targeting civilians in Syria: UN

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syrian government forces have dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo nearly daily this year, amounting to the war crime of targeting civilians, and insurgent shelling has caused mass casualties, U.N. investigators said on Tuesday.

Both the military and rebel groups, including Islamic State, have imposed sieges to “devastating effect”, depriving residents of food and medicine and leading to malnutrition and starvation, they said in their latest report.