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TAG Heuer designs a limited-edition watch for Bella Hadid.

LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS , Dec 13 — A global ambassador for the luxury watch brand since early 2017, Bella Hadid now has a watch designed by TAG Heuer in her honour. This Link Lady watch — the Swiss watchmaker's most feminine...

- The Malay Mail - MY

New compact to improve refugee response 'a chance to chart a different course' - UN agency chief.

The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday kicked off in Geneva a dialogue on protection challenges with a stark warning: the tragedy of forced displacement has deepened - one year after the world pledged to improve its response to refugee situations.

- UN - INT

Tezos director resigns, sowing more uncertainty at crypto startup.

LONDON, Dec 13 — One of the three board members of the Swiss foundation that conducted the online fundraiser for the embattled Tezos cryptocurrency tech project has resigned, Reuters has learned. The departure on Monday of Guido...

- The Malay Mail - MY

UN Urges Greater Cooperation from Ecuador & Venezuela.

GENEVA – Progress in the social sector in Venezuela and Ecuador, consistent with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, should be more generally known and recognized, a UN human rights expert has said.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

In rare visit, UN expert pleads with Venezuela.

GENEVA — An independent expert for the U.N.'s top human rights body said Tuesday that he pleaded with Venezuela's government to release more than 20 people in custody and is optimistic other U.N. experts will be let in.Alfred...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Tezos director resigns, sowing more uncertainty at crypto startup.

LONDON/ZURICH - One of the three board members of the Swiss foundation that conducted the online fundraiser for the embattled Tezos cryptocurrency tech project has resigned, Reuters has learned.

- Reuters - US

UN refugee head says global compact is chance to chart a different course.

Opening a key meeting in Geneva, Filippo Grandi said the UN Refugee Agency's mission is more urgent than ever.

- UN - INT

Give us a chance to build a brighter future, young refugees say.

More than a dozen youth delegates from countries as diverse as Iran, Iraq and South Sudan are taking part in a high-level gathering in Geneva.

- UN - INT

UN and partners launch plan to support over five million Syrian refugees and their host countries.

Source: UN Development Programme, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey The plan aims to bring together the vital efforts of some 270 humanitarian and development partners, in support of national efforts, to ensure refugees and host communities receive the ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

UEFA and UN to stage 'Match for Solidarity' in April.

UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football's governing body said on Tuesday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Don't mix business with pleasure.

In working life it's now almost expected that employees answer work-related emails after hours, or take their laptops with them on holiday. But the blurring of boundaries between work and personal life can affect people's sense of well-being and lead to exhaustion. This is according to Ariane Wepfer of the University of ...

- PhysOrg - NL

How honey bee gut bacteria help to digest their pollen-rich diet

The honey bee gut is colonized by specialized bacteria that help digest components of the floral pollen diet and produce molecules that likely promote bee health. In a study publishing 12 December in the open access journal PLOS Biology, a group of researchers led by Philipp Engel at the University of Lausanne and ETH ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Bull terrier mauled 12 children at playground, leaving child's leg looking like 'Swiss cheese'

A 39-year-old woman will spend the next four years in jail after her dog, which had previously attacked children twice, mauled 12 kids at a local playground.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

U.N. warns of new Syrian refugee wave to Europe if aid dries up

GENEVA - Syrian refugees could again seek to reach Europe in droves if aid programs are not sustained in five neighboring countries hosting the bulk of them, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

- Reuters - US

How a Hotel Stay Can Make You Feel Better

Wouldn't it be nice if a hotel room could enhance your sleep, whip you into shape or make you relax? Four Seasons, MGM and Swissôtel are among the brands experimenting with accommodations designed to make guests feel healthier. -Laura Powell

- Skift - US

Syrian Opposition Says Government Obstructing Geneva Talks

The Syrian opposition claims the government delegation to the Geneva peace talks is coming up with new conditions, making it difficult to move forward.   Opposition spokesman Yahya Aridi said on Tuesday that the Damascus delegation told U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura they won't negotiate directly. He said de Mistura told ...

- Voice of America - US

Indian hockey teams end year on 6th and 10th spots

Lausanne, Dec 12 India's men and women's hockey teams remained in the sixth and 10th positions respectively in the rankings revealed by the International Hockey Federation on Tuesday. At the top of men's hockey, Australia knocked out Argentina for the first time since the Rio 2016 Olympics. The HWL Final title helped ...

- Yahoo! News - US

"Eurosion": Muslim Majority in Thirty Years?

Even if all current 28 EU members, plus Norway and Switzerland, closed their borders to migrants, the Islamic population will continue to exponentiate.... Today, it is an increase of six million in seven years. And tomorrow? What will happen in major

- Hudson New York - US

Cholera resurges in Zambian capital Lusaka, WHO says

GENEVA - Cholera has killed 15 people and made 547 sick in Zambia's capital Lusaka and the rising caseload is expected to grow further as the rainy season starts, according to the World Health Organization.

- Reuters - US

Syrian opposition says government obstructing peace talks

The Syrian opposition said Tuesday that the government delegation to the Geneva peace talks refuses to negotiate with them directly and insists on only discussing terrorism. Opposition spokesman Yahya Aridi … Click to Continue

- Miami Herald - US

Geneva eyes Unesco recognition for Escalade festival

Geneva’s Escalade festival, which took place on the weekend, should be put on Unesco’s ‘intangible heritage’ list along with other living traditions in Switzerland, according to one local politician.

- The Local - INT

WWF’s 'uncozy' Christmas jumper goes down a storm

An alternative Christmas jumper designed by the Swiss branch of the World Wildlife Fund has sold out already after only launching on Monday.

- The Local - INT

Syrian opposition says government obstructing Geneva talks

GENEVA — The Syrian opposition claims the government delegation to the Geneva peace talks is coming up with new conditions, making it difficult to move forward.Opposition spokesman Yahya Aridi said on Tuesday that the Damascus...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Syrian opposition says government obstructing Geneva talks

The Syrian opposition claims the government delegation to the Geneva peace talks is coming up with new conditions, making it difficult to move forward.

- The Daily Star - LB

Searching for the CRISPR Swiss-army knife

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen, led by the Spanish Professor Guillermo Montoya, are investigating the molecular features of different molecular scissors of the CRISPR-Cas system to shed light on the so-called "Swiss-army knives" of genome editing. Montoya's research group has visualized the atomic structures of ...

- PhysOrg - NL

One year on from New York declaration, UNHCR chief says forced displacement tragedy has deepened

Opening a key meeting in Geneva, Filippo Grandi said the UN Refugee Agency's mission is more urgent than ever.

- UN - INT

Scott Disick 'almost reliving that emotional high' with 'perfect' Sofia Richie after Kourtney Kardashian

The lovebirds recently made their first public event appearance as a couple at Art Basel in Miami after sparking dating runours in May.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Swiss insurer Zurich buys ANZ's life insurance business for $2.1bn

- Financial Times - US

Zurich acquires ANZ's life insurance business for $2.1bn

Swiss insurer will hold the number one slot in the Australian retail life insurance market

- Financial Times - US

Zurich Insurance to buy ANZ's life insurance businesses for $2.14 billion

- Zurich Insurance has agreed to buy ANZ's OnePath Life insurance businesses for 2.85 billion Australian dollars , the latest and largest foray by the Swiss company into the Australian market.

- Reuters - US

Kenyan hotels and lodges bag global awards

Several Kenyan hotels, lodges and camps have scooped global awards in a ceremony held at Kulm Hotel St Moritz in Switzerland.

- BusinessDailyAfrica - KE

UN Calls for Restoration of Democracy in Cambodia

GENEVA – As the world marked the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948, Cambodia should return to a path of multi-party democracy and ensure full freedom for civil society and journalists to operate, said ...

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Zurich Insurance to buy ANZ's life insurance businesses for $2.14 billion

ZURICH - Zurich Insurance has agreed to buy ANZ's OnePath Life insurance businesses for 2.85 billion Australian dollars , the latest and largest foray by the Swiss company into the Australian market.

- Reuters - US

UBS leads blockchain data reporting pilot ahead of new EU rules

ZURICH/NEW YORK - Financial companies led by Swiss bank UBS are testing a blockchain platform to help them comply with new European Union trade data standards due to come into force next year.

- Reuters - US

Number of families separated by conflict, violence or natural disasters at five-year high - ICRC

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: World New cases of relatives contacting the organization looking for family have increased by almost 90% over this period , with 18,000 new cases opened last year alone.Geneva – The number of families being separated by conflict, violence and natural disaster is at ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Serbia was 'almost bankrupt' - PM

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic says she is very proud that Serbia is among the candidates with the greatest prospect of becoming full members of the EU. Brnabic also told the Swiss newspaper Blick that she was "more interested in the reforms that are being implemented."

- B92 - SK

Forget Barcelona tie and mend league form, Conte tells Blues

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was warned his players not to get distracted after they were drawn against old foes Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League. The Blues have been handed the toughest assignment of all the English clubs, although Tottenham also face difficult opposition in Italian giants Juventus. ...

- City AM - UK

Swissport bonds under pressure from worries over HNA

Bondholders hit as unsecured debt falls sharply in recent weeks

- Financial Times - US

Roche: Tecentriq cocktail slows kidney cancer progression

ZURICH - Combining Roche's Tecentriq immunotherapy with its older drug Avastin for the initial treatment of advanced kidney cancer reduced the risk of the disease worsening or of death in certain patients, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday.

- Reuters - US

Number of families separated by conflict, violence or natural disaster at five-year high, says International Committee of the Red Cross

News release | Geneva – The number of families being separated by conflict, violence and natural disaster is at a five year high according to data from the International Committee of the Red Cross .

- ICRC - INT

Heavy snow disrupts Swiss roads, rails and airports

Heavy snow fell across Switzerland on the weekend, causing accidents on the roads, and delays and cancellations to train services and flights.

- The Local - INT

Missing British former Uefa executive seen in Nyon

British police are appealing once again to the Swiss public after a former Uefa executive who went missing from his home in the UK two months ago was seen in Nyon, in the canton of Vaud, on Friday.

- The Local - INT

Opinion: The perks and quirks of being a Brit in Switzerland

Around 40,000 Britons call Switzerland home, including Lausanne resident Shane Anthony. Being a Brit in Switzerland brings certain perks, as well as some surprising quirks that can help or hinder your life here, he writes.

- The Local - INT

Champions League Draw, Round of 16

What is it? This is the draw for the last-16 stage of the Champions League. When is it? The draw will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017. What time is kick-off? The balls will be drawn at 11pm in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow all the action right here when this page turns into our live blog. Which English teams are ...

- Novinite - BG

Roger Federer trolled over Rafael Nadal's ranking by his children after winning 2017 Swiss Sportsman award

Roger Federer was trolled by his children after he told them that he was going to an awards gala to potentially win a prize, but was given a bit of a status check after they reminded him of Rafael Nadal's ranking.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Diphtheria spreading fast among Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar

Source: World Health Organization Country: Bangladesh, Myanmar More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been diagnosed as the highly infectious respiratory disease and they could be "the tip of the iceberg", warns WHO.News release 6 DECEMBER 2017 | GENEVA - Diphtheria is rapidly spreading among Rohingya ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Roche: Tecentriq cocktail slows kidney cancer progression

ZURICH - Combining Roche's Tecentriq immunotherapy with its older drug Avastin reduced the risk of disease worsening or death for the initial treatment of advanced kidney cancer in some patients, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday

- Reuters - US

Drake, Miguel, 50 Cent perform at Art Basel parties

Musicians, actors and fashion icons descended on Miami for a whirlwind week of glamorous parties to celebrate some of the world's best artists during Art Basel. Drake and Lil Wayne … Click to Continue

- Miami Herald - US

Lindsey Vonn Injures Back During World Cup Super-G

Olympic hopeful Lindsey Vonn suffered a back injury during a World Cup race in Switzerland Saturday, forcing the champion skier to withdraw from the competition. Per USA Today , Vonn collapsed at the finish line, clutching her lower back in pain. She tweeted afterward that her back seized up during the...

- Newser - US

Swiss woman angry over champagne refusal ejected from plane

German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne. Reutlingen police say crew members were unable to calm the 44-year-old business class passenger, who was angered by their refusal to serve ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

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