GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations’ top human rights official called on Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday to investigate reports of horrifying crimes by Boko Haram Islamist rebels and alleged abuses by the military.
Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein said he had seen allegations of mass executions, rape and amputations of children by Boko Haram – a day after two blasts killed more than 30 people in the group’s northeast heartland.
ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) – HSBC agreed on Thursday
to pay Geneva authorities 40 million Swiss francs ($43 million)
to settle a money laundering investigation at its Swiss private
bank, one of a number of probes facing its Geneva-based wealth
Leaked files published earlier this year sparked allegations
that HSBC’s private bank may have enabled clients to conceal
millions of dollars of assets and dragged Europe’s largest
lender into the sights of regulators including Geneva’s public
BERN (Reuters) – Swiss lawmakers gave preliminary approval on Wednesday to a law to make it easier to investigate corruption allegations at sporting bodies located in Switzerland, a vote that coincided with the worst scandal to ever hit soccer’s ruling body FIFA.
The law would end a system under which FIFA, and roughly 60 other sporting bodies based there, are immune from investigation by Swiss authorities when instances of corruption are deemed an internal matter with no impact the wider public interest.
GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Europe for the United States aboard a special military aircraft on Monday after breaking his leg in a cycling accident.
Kerry, 71, broke his right femur on Sunday while cycling a portion of the Tour de France route in the Haute Savoie region. He spent the night in a Geneva hospital under observation while his evacuation was planned.
GENEVA, May 29 (Reuters) – It will probably be a matter of
just months before seven senior FIFA officials arrested in
Switzerland can be extradited to the United States to face
corruption charges, Swiss legal experts said on Friday.
The men, all from the Latin American and Caribbean region,
are being held at undisclosed detention centres following their
arrest at a Zurich luxury hotel on Wednesday. The move sent
shock waves through world soccer’s governing body FIFA and its
GENEVA, May 29 (Reuters) – Ten people in South Korea are
confirmed as having the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
virus, transmitted by a traveller, but there has been no
sustained human-to-human spread, the World Health Organization
(WHO) said on Friday.
The United Nations health agency said it was not
recommending screening of passengers or that travel or trade
restrictions be imposed on South Korea due to the outbreak.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s promised campaign to defeat Boko Haram could drive more militants over the country’s borders, raising the need for cooperation between governments across the region, senior U.N. officials said on Thursday.
Speaking on the eve of the former army general’s inauguration, they voiced hope that the new Abuja government would crush the Islamist militants accused of using women and children as sexual slaves and suicide bombers
GENEVA (Reuters) – Yemen faces a humanitarian catastrophe unless the Saudi-led coalition allows it to import and distribute vital food, fuel and medicines, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.
“Humanitarian agencies can do things, but it will be the tip of the iceberg,” said Cedric Schweizer, outgoing head of the ICRC’s delegation in Yemen.
GENEVA, May 26 (Reuters) – The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and
Sierra Leone is expected to take all of 2015 to stamp out and
may persist even longer because of dwindling financing, the
World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday.
Guinea and Sierra Leone reported a total of 12 cases in the
week to Sunday May 24th, down from 36 the previous week. They
included new infections and deaths that occurred outside of
treatment centres as communities hide their sick, it said.
GENEVA/BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – About 3,000 refugees fleeing political turmoil in Burundi have been infected in a cholera epidemic in neighboring Tanzania, the United Nations said on Friday, stoking fears of a growing humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Great Lakes.
Up to 400 new cases of the deadly disease were emerging every day, the U.N.’s refugee agency UNHCR said, mainly in Tanzania’s Kagunga peninsula where tens of thousands of Burundians have taken refuge, often in squalid conditions.