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Feb 20, 2015

U.N. investigators to publish Syria war crimes suspect names

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations war crimes investigators announced a radical change of strategy on Friday, saying they would publish names of suspects involved in Syria’s four-year war and push for new routes towards international justice.

Diplomatic sources said the independent Commission of Inquiry, led by Brazilian investigator Paulo Pinheiro, may publish some or all of hundreds of names on secret lists of suspects at the U.N. Human Rights Council on March 17.

Feb 20, 2015

WHO approves breakthrough 15-minute Ebola test

GENEVA, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization has
approved the first rapid test for Ebola in a potential
breakthrough for ending an epidemic that has killed almost
10,000 people in West Africa, it said on Friday.

The test, developed by U.S. firm Corgenix Medical Corp
, is less accurate than the standard test but is easy
to perform, does not require electricity, and can give results
within 15 minutes, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

Feb 19, 2015

U.S. farm lobbies call for action over India, China subsidies

GENEVA (Reuters) – Big developing countries such as China and India are routinely breaking international trade rules on agriculture and the U.S. government should take action to stop them, representatives of U.S. corn and rice growers said on Thursday.

“It’s time for action,” Robert Cummings, chief operating officer of USA Rice Federation, told Reuters in Geneva, home of the World Trade Organization.

Feb 13, 2015

Eleven people linked to Philippines MERS case show symptoms: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – Eleven people who had contact with the Philippines’ first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are also showing symptoms, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.

“Eleven contacts are symptomatic. It’s a mix of family contacts and hospital contacts, the doctors and nurses who attended the case before she was tested and found positive,” said Peter Ben Embarek, a scientist at the WHO’s department of food safety and zoonoses.

Feb 8, 2015

France says climate talks crucial for world security

GENEVA (Reuters) – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius launched a round of global climate talks in Geneva on Sunday and warned that world security, as well as the environment, depended on their success.

The week-long meeting is the first in a series that is meant to culminate in a globally binding agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Paris in December, with a target of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times.

Feb 3, 2015

WFP alarmed by pictures of ISIS logos on its Syria food parcels

GENEVA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has declared itself “extremely concerned” by photographs showing its food parcels being handed out in Syria with Islamic State logos on them.

Images circulating on social media show food being distributed from cardboard boxes with “Islamic State in Syria” labels pasted over the WFP logo.

Jan 29, 2015

China overtakes U.S. as world’s top investment magnet: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – China overtook the flagging United States to become the top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) last year, according to the United Nations economic thinktank UNCTAD.

The United States has long been the world leader in attracting FDI, traditionally made up mainly of cross-border mergers and acquisitions and new corporate projects overseas, but last year its net inflows fell by two-thirds to $86 billion, preliminary data published on Thursday shows.

Jan 29, 2015

U.N. says plans future Libya talks within country

GENEVA/TRIPOLI, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Libya’s warring factions
who operate rival governments have agreed “in principle” to move
future negotiations on ending the crisis from Geneva back to the
war-ravaged country, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Some of the opposing factions met in Geneva earlier this
week under U.N. auspices, but key representatives from the
Tripoli-based government stayed away, demanding the dialogue be
held within Libya.

Jan 29, 2015

Weekly Ebola cases below 100, WHO says endgame begins

GENEVA, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The number of new confirmed Ebola
cases totalled 99 in the week to Jan. 25, the lowest tally since
June 2014, the World Health Organization said on Thursday,
signalling the tide might have turned against the epidemic.

“The response to the EVD (Ebola virus disease) epidemic has
now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing
transmission to ending the epidemic,” the WHO said.

Jan 28, 2015

U.N. rights chief faults Israel, Palestinians over Gaza war justice

GENEVA (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians have failed to adequately investigate the full range of apparent human rights violations committed during the Gaza war last summer, the U.N. human rights chief said in a report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein catalogued abuses blamed on both sides, including Israeli shelling of hospitals, of schools housing displaced people and of a group of children playing hide-and-seek on a beach.