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Six hours for the four parties to agree GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The four parties to the talks on the Ukraine crisis in Geneva took six hours to reach a decision for groups carrying illegal arms to give them up and to return buildings they’ve seized, as the first steps to defuse the crisis. Meanwhile, outside […]
By Bob Evans GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – As the seemingly successful four-sided talks on the Ukrainian crisis got under way in Geneva on Thursday, Russia and the United States faced off on social media over how diplomats should behave. A photo on the Facebook page of the Russian Foreign Ministry showed its chief Sergei Lavrov apparently […]
Witnesses sought GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man died in hospital Wednesday evening in Geneva some hours after his bicycle was hit by a car. City police are looking for witnesses to help the investigation into the accident. A Portuguese man, age 58, was riding his bicycle near 31, rue du Chêne-Bougeries heading from France in […]
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The actors have assembled in Geneva and the de-escalation meeting over the tense situation in eastern Ukraine is underway. Here’s your pocket guide. Who’s providing frequent updates Aljazeera’s live blog on the crisis gives a good overview of latest developments outside the talks in Geneva BBC’s Ukraine crisis Guardian’s blogger Mark Tran […]
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The English Speaking Cancer Association will be holding a series of sessions of MBCT – Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy – for cancer patients in May. Registration deadline: 30 April. MBCT uses techniques that include mindfulness meditation, yoga, breath awareness and body awareness, designed to help patients with stress and difficult emotions. The sessions […]
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The news is not comforting governments that believe they have been making an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: the latest UN report from IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in Geneva is stark in its assessment of the situation. It is also far richer in information than the previous report seven […]
BERN, SWITZERLAND – Two Swiss government officials have now said an agreement between the US Department of Justice and 14 Swiss banks accused of helping US clients avoid taxes could be reached soon, according to Swiss news media. The Tribune de Genève’s front page story today cites Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf as saying outside […]