GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong warned on Tuesday that his country had the power to deter an “ever-increasing nuclear threat” by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.
In a rare speech to the U.N.-backed Conference on Disarmament, Ri said joint military exercises being staged by South Korea and the United States were “unprecedentedly provocative in nature and have an especially high possibility of sparking off a war”.
GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday that Moscow and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine must implement a ceasefire or face “consequences” that could further hit Russia’s faltering economy.
Kerry said the ceasefire must be respected in all “key strategic areas” including the town of Debaltseve and outside the Sea of Azov port of Mariupol.
SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) – The young Kim Jong Un may be the public face of isolated North Korea, but the man who represents Pyongyang on the international stage is an urbane 75-year-old who lived under an assumed name for decades and survived a vicious purge over a year ago.
Now North Korea’s foreign minister and one of the most powerful men in the regime, Ri Su Yong was rumored to have been executed along with his mentor Jang Song Thaek, Kim’s uncle, and several of his aides.
GENEVA (Reuters) – An independent advisory body will decide in August at the earliest on whether to recommend widespread introduction of an Ebola vaccine, depending on results of clinical trials and the epidemic’s course, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
All three worst-hit countries in West Africa – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – aim to conduct phase III final-stage clinical trials of experimental vaccines.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A cholera outbreak is feared in coming months in Syria, where other water-borne diseases such as hepatitis A and typhoid are on the rise due to poor sanitation, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday.
Safe drinking water is available at about one-third of the level it was before the conflict erupted nearly five years ago, and supplies are cut-off to punish civilians at times, it said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A United Nations watchdog called on Mexico on Friday to probe and prosecute alleged complicity of state forces in thousands of “disappearances”, including a notorious case of 43 students believed murdered last year.
Mexico’s delegation told the U.N. Committee on Enforced Disappearances at a review last week that 11,300 people were unaccounted for. Amnesty International said in a statement that more than 22,600 had gone missing in the past eight years amid “a huge problem of impunity”.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The European Union must establish a full search-and-rescue operation in the Mediterranean following the death this week of hundreds of migrants who were trying to reach Italy, the U.N. refugee chief said on Thursday.
More than 300 people are feared to have died off the Libyan coast after they set sail in inflatable dinghies in rough, wintry conditions.
GENEVA/ROME, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Inadequate naval patrols
means ever more migrants from Africa and the Middle East will
die trying to cross the Mediterranean, aid agencies warned on
Tuesday, as Italy appealed for a “more vigorous” European
response to tackle the crisis.
In the latest tragedy involving migrants, 29 people died of
hypothermia on Monday on the exposed deck of a small Italian
naval vessel after it rescued them in rough seas from a dinghy
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GENEVA, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Inadequate European naval patrols
in the Mediterranean will lead to ever more deaths from an
increasing tide of desperate people fleeing wars in Africa and
the Middle East, aid agencies say.
Twenty-nine migrants died of hypothermia on Monday on the
exposed decks of a small Italian naval vessel, which had rescued
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GENEVA (Reuters) – Authorities fighting Ebola must do more to tackle a high death rate among young children whose isolation from parents also causes great distress and deprives them of the extra care they need, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
Reporting on a meeting of clinicians from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, it said there was a consensus that the strict “no touch” policy for Ebola patients could be lifted if good measures are in place to protect health workers from infection.