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Jul 17, 2014

Stevie Wonder blends hits at Montreux for Quincy Jones

MONTREUX Switzerland (Reuters) – Motown legend Stevie Wonder gave a soulful two-hour concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Wednesday night, blending his hits with covers of the Beatles and Michael Jackson for an audience that included producer Quincy Jones.

The African-American singer and songwriter, wearing lime green sunglasses and braids down to his waist, headlined the 48th edition of the prestigious Swiss festival, fulfilling a longtime wish of its late founder Claude “Funky” Nobs.

Jul 16, 2014

U.N.’s Pillay suggests Snowden should not face trial

GENEVA (Reuters) – The top U.N. human rights official suggested on Wednesday the United States should abandon its efforts to prosecute Edward Snowden, saying his revelations of massive state surveillance had been in the public interest.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay credited Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor, with opening a global debate which has led to calls for the curtailing of state powers to snoop on citizens online and store their data.

Jul 15, 2014

Acute water crisis looms in Gaza, aid agencies warn

GENEVA (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of Gazans are without water after Israeli air strikes that have wrecked the water and sewage system and the whole strip is threatened with a water crisis within days, aid agencies warned on Tuesday.

The eight-day assault has caused massive damage to infrastructure and destroyed at least 560 homes, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) said.

Jul 9, 2014

IOC has to explain merits of Games better, says Bach

LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must do a better job of explaining the merits of hosting the Games to cities considering an application, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

Only three cities – Oslo, Almaty in Kazakhstan and Beijing – were confirmed as official candidates to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Monday. Stockholm, Krakow and Lviv in Ukraine had also submitted bids but later withdrew.

Jul 9, 2014

IOC says Rio report encouraging but vigilance needed

LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) – Brazil has presented an “encouraging report” about preparations for the 2016 Rio Games but vigilance is needed to ensure venues are ready, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday.

IOC President Thomas Bach, who was heading to Rio for the World Cup final and talks with officials including President Dilma Rousseff, also said the IOC would review its ticketing procedures in the light of an unfolding FIFA scandal.

Jul 9, 2014

Olympics-IOC has to explain merits of Games better, says Bach

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 9 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must do a better job of explaining the merits of hosting the Games to cities considering an application, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

Only three cities – Oslo, Almaty in Kazakhstan and Beijing – were confirmed as official candidates to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Monday. Stockholm, Krakow and Lviv in Ukraine had also submitted bids but later withdrew.

Jul 9, 2014

Olympics-IOC says Rio report encouraging but vigilance needed

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 9 (Reuters) – Brazil has presented an “encouraging report” about preparations for the 2016 Rio Games but vigilance is needed to ensure venues are ready, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday.

IOC President Thomas Bach, who was heading to Rio for the World Cup final and talks with officials including President Dilma Rousseff, also said the IOC would review its ticketing procedures in the light of an unfolding FIFA scandal.

Jul 8, 2014

Fifty new Ebola cases and 25 deaths in West Africa – WHO

GENEVA, July 8 (Reuters) – Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25
deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea
since July 3, as the deadly virus continues to spread in
families, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the United Nations agency said that the
latest figures from health ministries in the three countries
showed a total of 844 cases including 518 deaths in the epidemic
that began in February.

Jul 8, 2014

Pharrell leaves Montreux festival fans wanting more

MONTREUX Switzerland (Reuters) – Pharrell Williams gave a slick concert for a pumped-up crowd at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Monday night, but some fans were less than happy when he left the famed stage after just an hour.

The American R&B singer and producer, accompanied by his band, two vocalists and six female dancers, played tracks from his second album “GIRL”, including “Marilyn Monroe” and “Come Get it Bae”, before closing with his global viral hit “Happy.”

Jul 3, 2014

Target tuberculosis in rich world as model for poor: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday launched an ambitious plan for rich countries to sharply reduce tuberculosis infections and serve as a model for harder-hit countries of Africa and Asia, where the disease still thrives.

Although the 33 targeted countries, 21 of them in Europe, have relatively low rates of infection, the disease still kills 10,000 people a year there – predominantly homeless people, migrants, prisoners, drug users, heavy drinkers or people with HIV/AIDS – the WHO said.