Syria accused of killing 10 playground children with cluster bombs

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Ten children, all under age 15, who had gone out to a playground during a lull in the fighting in their village in Syria, were killed, reportedly by cluster bombs dropped by Syrian government forces Sunday 25 November. Fighter jets bombed the village of Deir al-Asafir, 12km east of Damascus, villagers have told […]

Syrian capital bomb blasts take heavy toll

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two days after UN Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan said in Geneva that he is worried by the growing number of bombs being used, and the growing threat of civil war, two major blasts have caused heavy damage to the south side of the capital, Damascus. State media say that scores […]

Russians insist Kofi Annan not asking for Syrian leader’s ouster

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Russian media Saturday 17 March quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying he spoke to UN Syrian mediator Kofi Annan after Annan and Bashar al-Assad spoke, in early March and “I can assure you that there was no talk about Assad’s departure.: The remarks were published by  Russia’s foreign ministry on its […]

Nigerian protests turn deadly: 140 killed by Friday’s bombs

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The death toll has been steadily mounting with at least 140 people known to have died in Kano, Nigeria, after the city was shaken by a series of bomb explosions Friday night 20 January. The bombs were planted in security areas such as police stations. Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group that […]

Afghanistan blasts kill 58, deflating small hopes from conference

GENEVA, SWITZERLEAND -Western leaders’ promises of help to the Afghan government when their troops leave, made Monday at an international conference in Germany, appeared to offer smaller hopes of peace following deadly attacks in Kabul and a city in the north Tuesday 6 December. Close to 60 people died and 160 were injured when a […]

Europe in shock, worried, over Oslo’s 87 deaths (update)

Norwegian media point to lone gunman, naming him and publishing photos Update 9:20  GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The death toll had risen to 87 by Saturday morning in Oslo, Norway, from a bomb at a government office and a gunman’s shooting spree at a youth political camp near the city. It is Europe’s worst attack since […]

Mumbai faced with new terrorist attacks, with 3 on Wednesday

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Any sense of normality in Mumbai, India, disappeared Wednesday as terrorist attacks returned to the city that was traumatized by three days of attacks in 2008 that killed 166 people. Three separate attacks have taken at least 21 lives and injured more than 100 people, in Zaveri Bazaar, the Opera House business […]

Bomb blast in Nigeria follows president’s swearing-in

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – At least 10 people were killed Sunday 29 May and 20 are reported injured in a bomb blast in northern Nigerian city of Bauchi, say local officials. The explosion hit the Mamy market, a popular spot near an army barracks, late on Sunday after the inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan. No group […]

Misrata battle rages, port areas reportedly hit

The embattled port city of Misrata in Libya has been under heavy attack late Tuesday and Wednesday 27 April, possibly the worst attacks to date, but the picture remains unclear. CNN reports that government troops appear to have shelled areas near the port where refugees are camped, and Nato bombs are being used to fight […]

Swiss embassy 1 of 5 targeted with bombs in Athens

Bern, Switzerland and Athens, Greece (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss embassy in Athens received a package with a bomb Tuesday 2 November, one of five embassies in the city to receive such packages. The bomb sent to the Swiss was not thrown into the courtyard, nor did it explode, contrary to initial international media reports, according […]