80% Swiss donations go to their causes

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The charity oversight group Zewo says that one in five francs collected by its charities are used to collect money and for administrative purposes: 13 percent for administration, 8 percent for fund-raising. The charities approved to use its label do not “store” the funds they collect, although most have capital comparable to […]

WHO: save caesarians for emergencies

One-third of women in most European countries now have babies by caesarian section, well above teh recommended 10%

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The rising rates of caesarean births in middle- and higher-income groups should end, says the World Health Organization in new recommendations issued 10 April. The surgery is “often performed without medical need”, yet it carries short- and medium-term risks for women and their babies. As an expensive, albeit in many areas common […]

Ikea sets standard for corporate aid to refugees

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Foundation’s 2015 campaign raises €10.8 million in  for UNHCR GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – UNHCR, the Geneva-based UN refugee organization, said Friday that the Ikea Foundation raised €10.8 million in two months with its “Brighter lives for refugees” campaign. The Swedish store group’s foundation last year raised €7.7 million with its campaign; it has contributed €125 million […]

Food safety on today’s plate

WHO poster food safety 5 keys

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A new WHO report whose initial results will be issued later today will show that 351,000 people died in one year from foodborne illnesses, with 582 million cases on record. The report’s findings are part of the 7 April World Health Day 2015, whose theme is “from farm to plate, make food […]

LHC restarts after 2-year pause (update)

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Cern: Large Hadron Collider receiving particle beams GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The LHC is up and running again, with much excitement at Geneva-based Cern, as the first particles begin to move through the system.  Follow the live blog; the first beam was about halfway around the circuit at noon, having started near the home of the […]

Syrian conflict’s 5th year: refugees’ future “bleak”

2 / Syrian refugee, Dayane, 24, holds her daughter Yemen, 5, who was severely burned in an accident with scalding water during a bombing raid in Yarbroud, Syria.  The family fled to northern Lebanon six days after the accident but they could never afford treatment for Yemen. Six months on, the little girl is still in great physical pain, with some of her wounds unhealed, and she is still clearly traumatized. / UNHCR / Andrew McConnell

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The future is increaslingly “bleak” for Syria’s refugees, as their country’s conflict enters its fifth year, says the UN refugee organization in Geneva. The organization’s head, António Guterres said 12 March that while this “worst humanitarian crisis of our era should be galvanizing a global outcry of support”, help is in fact […]

Drones and anti-drones, the talk of Geneva

John Kerry, Human Rights Council, Geneva, 2 March 2015

Kerry-Lavrov meeting reports: hope for Ukraine solution GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – International meetings of a “sensitive” nature in Geneva and Montreux are behind a ban on drones in several parts of cantons Geneva and Vaud during the month of March. It’s the first such move, taken by the cantons with the Federal Aviation Department. Human Rights […]

El Gizouli named Acting IPCC Chair

RK Pachauri, photo by Marshall Niles

Pachauri resigns as climate head amid sexual harassment charges GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Rajendra Pachauri has denied any wrongdoing and says his email and mobile phone were hacked, in response to an investigation in India into sexual harassment charges, the BBC reports. The head of the Geneva-based IPCC nevertheless handed in his resignation, effective today, to […]

Swiss media praise for US ambassador

US Ambassador to Switzerland Suzan LeVine

BERN, SWITZERLAND – It’s rare for a political appointment to the ranks of foreign ambassadors to garner media attention in Switzerland, but US Ambassador Suzi LeVine is making a name for herself. “Speedy Suzi” has so impressed the Swiss diplomatic staff in Bern and in the US with her high level of activity and her […]

Warming trend: 2014 hottest year

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Global warming news is making headlines with the WMO in Geneva declaring 2014 the warmest year on record. The UN agency that released the talked-about report, the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, sat in a flurry of snowflakes, with massive snowfalls in the Jura hills above the head office, while issuing the […]