GENEVA (Reuters) – Warring Yemeni powers signaled mutual hostility at the start of talks on Tuesday aimed at ending a war that has caused a humanitarian disaster, drawn in regional rivals and threatened the Arabian peninsula country with permanent division.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the Geneva discussions on Monday calling for a humanitarian ceasefire with the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. Chief Ban Ki-moon launched Yemen peace talks in Geneva on Monday with a call for a humanitarian truce as warplanes from a Saudi-led Arab coalition pounded the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa overnight.
More than 2,600 people have been killed since the coalition began military operations in March to stop the Iranian-backed Houthi militia moving on Aden and to shore up embattled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, then in the southern city.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A United Nations special envoy will hold separate “proximity” talks with Yemen’s two main warring parties in Geneva on Sunday, in the hope of bringing them to the same table eventually, a U.N. spokesman said on Friday.
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has convened the talks, expected to last two or three days, to try to end more than two months of war between Iranian-backed Houthis and forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Saudi Arabia.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people risk starvation in South Sudan where a resurgence in fighting and deepening food shortages have left some with nothing to eat except water lilies, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.
Violence had intensified in the world’s youngest country in the past few weeks and troubled peace talks are unlikely to restart soon, the aid agency added, appealing for donations.
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.