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UN-backed Syria peace talks to restart in Geneva.

Syrian rivals were to resume U.N.-brokered peace talks in Geneva Thursday, with escalating violence and deadlock on key issues dimming hopes of a breakthrough

- The Daily Star - LB

Tillerson: US Course of Action in Syria 'Still Coming Together'.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted a coalition against Islamic State in Washington Wednesday, a day before the start of the fifth round of United Nations mediated Syria talks in Geneva. Representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups are meeting to build on the small gains achieved during the talks ...

- Voice of America - US

ICRC: Only Months Left to Avert Famine in Africa and Yemen.

A three- to four-month window remains to avert a famine that could potentially kill millions of people in three African countries and Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross warns.  The Swiss humanitarian agency said speed was of the essence to prevent a tragedy of massive proportions in Somalia, Yemen, South ...

- Voice of America - US

'Several injured' after train from Italy derails in Switzerland.

Swiss police said several people were injured after a train travelling from Milan to Basel derailed in Switzerland on Wednesday afternoon.

- The Local - IT

Reuters Video: Legal marijuana 'light' blazing in Switzerland.

Swiss businesses are cashing in on a legalised variant of marijuana that carries a low THC content, the chemical intrinsic to the plant that gets you high. Matthew Larotonda reports. — Reuters

- The Malay Mail - MY

Seven injured after Italian train derails in Switzerland.

Seven people have been injured after an Italian train derailed and one carriage tipped over in the central Swiss city of Lucerne.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

Prince Zeid calls for 'foreign judges' in war crimes cases, but Sri Lanka opts for 'foreign expertise'.

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Sri Lanka must appoint foreign judges to the judicial mechanism it is to set up to try war crimes cases.

- BDNews24 - BD

Sri Lankan opposition to foreign judges worries US; UK stresses devolution.

At the on-going session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, the US expressed concern over the Sri Lankan government’s statements against having foreign judges in the judicial mechanism it is to set up to try war crimes cases.

- BDNews24 - BD

Rolex unveiled a new watch that's shinier than anything we've seen from the brand before.

RolexIt's the story of Rolex and the technicolor dream watch. The Swiss watchmakerhas unveiled a brand-new addition to its Yacht-Master watch collection at this year's Baselworld, the biggest annual watch trade show in the world. What makes it so unique? A crown of multi-colored jewels graces the rotating bezel —32 ...

- Business Insider - US

Eurocity train derails in Switzerland with 160 people on board.

The cause of the incident is still unclear.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Art for art's sake: Calls for Hong Kong to get more creative.

Hong Kong sees a creative surge when Art Basel comes to town, but there's a push for a more permanent change to the visual landscape of the city better known for its business than its art scene.

- The Daily Star - LB

Sri Lanka should develop timetable for full implementation of its UN commitments - HRW

Mar 22, Geneva: The global rights organization, Human Rights Watch today acknowledged the Sri Lankan government's engagement with the international community, including with the UN's special procedures, over the last two years but expressed concerns at the slow pace of progress in implementation of Human Rights Council ...

- ColomboPage.com - LK

Toyota reveals important clues about the future of driving

ToyotaWhile most automakers are pumping out SUVs, Toyota is looking to go smaller. The Japanese automaker unveiled its i-TRIL concept car at the Geneva Motor Show that ran March 9-19. The futuristic two-seater is meant to showcase a "viable alternative" to traditional segment cars for people who typically drive in urban ...

- Business Insider - US

'Federer can climb back to No 1'

Roger Federer's comeback from injury has been so successful that his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka believes he can become the oldest world number one in history at the age of 35.Federer beat Wawrinka in the final of Indian Wells on Sunday for his second win of the year following his triumph in the Australian Open -- his ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

ICRC calls for massive scale-up of operations to tackle hunger crisis

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen The ICRC is appealing for $400m to help those most affected by the humanitarian crises in Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. The funds will ensure 5 million vulnerable people receive essential aid.The ICRC is ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Business › Swiss watch exports tumble ahead of Basel trade fair

The world's biggest watch fair will open in Switzerland this week, even as slumping exports of luxury Swiss timepieces appear to dash hopes of a market rebound. Global exports of Swiss watches slid 10% in February to 1.5 billion Swiss francs , the Federation of the…

- Japan Today - JP

Zeid continues to underscore 'hybrid court'

United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid al-Hussein told the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva today that they continue to underscore the concept of hybrid court to Sri Lanka to utilize an accountability mechanism.

- Dailymirror.lk - LK

The world's largest hedge fund just published a 61-page paper on populism, and said the movement is at its highest level since the eve of WWII

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for LinkedIn Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, published a 61-page research paper on populism, which it considers the most important issue in the world today. "Populism has surged in recent years and is currently at its highest level since the late 1930s," founder and ...

- Business Insider - US

Italian Train Derails in Switzerland, Seven Injured

GENEVA -- An Italian train derailed in the central Swiss city of Lucerne on Wednesday and one carriage tipped over, injuring seven people on board.

- Breitbart - US

Court convicts MK Basel Ghattas

Prosecution submits plea bargain signed by Ghattas in which he admitts the crimes with which he is charged.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Italian train derails in Switzerland, 7 people injured

An Italian train derailed in the central Swiss city of Lucerne on Wednesday and one carriage tipped over, injuring seven people on board.

- FOX News - US

UK notes 'under-reported facet' of violence in eastern Ukraine

The UK Mission to the United Nations Geneva has pointed out to an 'under-reported facet' of violations of human rights, including conflict-related sexual violence, in Russia-occupied Donbas.

- UNIAN - UA

UBS charges customers to deposit euros

Swiss bank UBS plans to charge a fee for customers who deposit more than a million euros.

- BBC - UK

EU doing well in global energy ranking

The majority of countries in the top-20 of the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index are members of the European Union, with Switzerland leading the list.

- EU Observer - EU

Italian train derails in Switzerland, at least three injured

At least three people have been injured after an Italian train derailed and one carriage tipped over in the central Swiss city of Lucerne.The train from Milan to Basel derailed shortly before 2pm today as it was pulling out of Lucerne's main train station, Swiss railway company SBB said.The Trenitalia train's fourth ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

UN calls for international participation in a judicial mechanism in Sri Lanka, comprehensive strategy to implement Geneva proposals

Mar 22, Geneva: The United Nations expressing concern over Sri Lanka's slow progress in establishing transitional justice mechanisms to address the accountability during the decades-long armed conflict, called for international participation in such mechanisms and a comprehensive strategy to implement the proposals in ...

- ColomboPage.com - LK

UK urges Sri Lanka to develop a comprehensive, time bound strategy to implement Geneva proposals

Mar 22, Geneva: The United Kingdom today urged the Government of Sri Lanka to provide the "determined leadership" and a "comprehensive and time bound" implementation strategy to fully deliver on the commitments it made when co-sponsoring the 2015 UN resolution.

- ColomboPage.com - LK

Fall in Swiss watch exports dims Basel fair

THE world’s biggest watch fair opens in Switzerland this week, even as slumping exports of luxury Swiss timepieces appear to dash hopes of a market rebound. Global exports of Swiss watches slid 10 percent in February to 1.5 billion Swiss francs , the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry said. The news cast a shadow ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Italian train derails in Switzerland; injuries unknown

Swiss police say they are trying to reach people trapped inside a train that derailed in the central city of Lucerne, with details of any injuries still unclear.

- FOX News - US

CCSIO Benchmark is a smarter way to test drive speeds

CCSIO Benchmark is an intelligent drive speed checker from Swiss-based storage expert Pipemetrics. The tiny portable program uses multiple combinations of options to automatically find the fastest possible read and write speeds for any storage device. This means you're not asked to make any of the usual testing options. You ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

Millionaires in the UK think Brexit will make them even richer

Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesMost of Britain's millionaires reckon Brexit will make them even richer, according to a survey by wealth managers at Swiss bank UBS. A poll of more than 400 Britons with at least $1m in liquid assets in addition to their homes found that 78% thought Britain's decision to leave the EU would have ...

- Business Insider - US

North Korea doesn't fear US sanctions, is looking into a 'preemptive first strike' of their own

Thomson Reuters GENEVA - North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday. This includes developing a "pre-emptive first strike ...

- Business Insider - US

Container shipping lines ordered to testify in U.S. sector probe

LONDON/SINGAPORE - The U.S. Justice Department has ordered top executives from several container shipping lines to testify in an antitrust investigation over practices by an industry that is the backbone of world trade, the companies said on Wednesday. The world's biggest container group, Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk , ...

- Yahoo! News Finance - US

Novartis heart drug portfolio hit by failed serelaxin study

ZURICH - Novartis's heart failure drug serelaxin flopped in a late-stage trial by not cutting cardiovascular death or slowing disease progression, marking the likely demise of a drug hopeful the Swiss firm had promoted as a potential blockbuster.

- Reuters - US

New ICMB/CEPR Report: Bail-ins and Bank Resolution in Europe

Failed financial firms should not be bailed out by the taxpayers. Europe, unfortunately, has a weak track record of following this principle of good governance and sound economic policy. The banking union, with its new approach to supervision and resolution, is meant to improve this matter. This column introduces a new ...

- VoxEU - UK

Bail-ins and Bank Resolution in Europe: A Progress Report

The 4th Special Report in the Geneva Reports on the World Economy series reviews the current status of bail-ins and bank resolution in Europe. It provides a critical comparison of the US and EU bank resolution rules, examines European banking failures, and makes a number of policy recommendations concerning ...

- VoxEU - UK

Slump in luxury watch exports casts shadow over Baselworld

The world's biggest watch fair will open in Switzerland this week, even as slumping exports of luxury Swiss timepieces appear to dash hopes of a market rebound.

- The Local - INT

Disabled children win discrimination case against spa in a first for Switzerland

A court in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden has ruled that a spa broke the law in refusing access to five disabled children, the first successful court case of its kind in Switzerland.

- The Local - INT

Ten must-visit Swiss beauty spots

Everyone knows that Switzerland isn’t short of a beauty spot or two. And thanks to the latest drone technology we can now see exactly how stunning the country is without even having to leave the sofa.

- The Local - INT

Catching quadruple murderer leaves Swiss canton with huge bill

It was one of the most shocking crimes of recent times in Switzerland: the brutal murder of four people in a house in Ruppersil, in the canton of Aargau, in December 2015.

- The Local - INT

Traineeship at the Legal Division

Article | Traineeship at the Legal Division The ICRC's Legal Division is offering six paid traineeships for a period of one year at its headquarters in Geneva.

- ICRC - INT

Global sales of art fell 11pc in 2016, new report says, and dealers at Art Basel see fewer Chinese collectors this year

The global art market fell 11 per cent to US$56.6 billion in 2016 according to a new report published on Wednesday, suggesting the industry is in a more parlous state than previously thought. The first Art Basel/UBS annual art market report showed sharper drops in key indicators than a report published earlier this ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Red Cross appeal seeks funds for 4 countries facing famine

GENEVA " The international Red Cross is appealing for $400 million to help millions of people facing famine or the risk of it in four conflict-ridden countries " Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria.The Geneva-based humanitarian...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Chemists create nanoparticles for safe imaging of tumors

Chemists from Russia and Switzerland created biosafe luminescent nanoparticles for imaging tumors and blood vessels damaged by heart attack or stroke. The particles are made of hafnium oxide that is used for intravenous injection, and doped with ions of rare earth metals. The scientists hope to create an alternative to ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Red Cross: World has just months to stop starvation in Yemen, Somalia

GENEVA, March 22 ― The world has got just three to four months to save millions of people in Yemen and Somalia from starvation, as drought and war wreck crops and block aid across the region, the International Committee of the Red Cross ...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Porsche gives new 911 models output boost

GENEVA, March 22 ― German sportscar maker Porsche is giving a host of 911 models a very hefty 30hp boost for the new model year. It means that from this spring, when ordering a 911 S ― be it a two- or four-wheel-drive Carrera or a Targa S...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Red Cross warns on mass hunger in Yemen, Somalia

GENEVA - There is a window of only three to four months to avert mass starvation in Yemen and Somalia, plagued by conflict and drought, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday in an appeal for funding.

- Reuters - US

Rare-earths become water-repellent only as they age

Surfaces that have been coated with rare earth oxides develop water-repelling properties only after contact with air. Even at room temperature, chemical reactions begin with hydrocarbons in the air. In the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Basel, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Paul ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Swiss watch industry struggling as Baselworld opens

Global exports of Swiss watches have shrunk in recent years. But exhibitors and traders at the world's largest fair of the watch-making industry, the Baselworld, are confident the hard times will be over soon.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

EXCLUSIVE - North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms - envoy

GENEVA - North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programmes, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.

- Reuters - US

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