Refugee organization cites UK good example on “statelessness”

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The British government this week put into effect several changes to immigration rules that include a significant move to help the UK’s stateless people as defined by the 1954 UN c0nvention on statelessness. The stateless persons rules have been reworked with help from the UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) in Geneva […]

Fire that killed 6 children in UK: sordid details out after parents found guilty

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Britain is waiting to hear the sentences that will be given today to the parents of six children who died in a fire, after the couple and another man were found guilty of manslaughter late Monday. The children, who were in bed when the friend apparently poured petrol inside the front door […]

Mali conflict spills over to Algeria, with hostages seized (update)

Algerian troops surround factory Some 50 of the hostages are reported to have escaped – details sketchy Update 13:30  GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Some 50 of the hostages are reported by French and Algerian media to have escaped from the gas plant in Algeria that is under siege. A number of foreign workers at a gas […]

Crane on London’s The Tower hit by helicopter

Two dead, nine injured by accident in foggy city centre GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A helicopter hit a crane on a building under construction in the centre of London, The Tower, designed to be one of the British capital’s highest structures. Two people were killed and nine injured, one of them critically, by the crash, fire […]

UK transport ticket prices rise today

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Add a little more to your budget for travel in the UK, starting 2 January, with the price of rail, bus and tram tickets rising. Season ticket prices are up 4.3 percent and regular tickets 3.9 percent. The Guardian reports that commuters’ transport costs have risen 50 percent in the past decade, […]

UBS fine over rate setting sheds light on growing market fraud (update)

UBS New York headquarters

Update 22:00  ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, will have yet another large loss on its books, $1.5 billion in fines announced late 18 December, payable to US, UK and Swiss regulatory bodies, for its part in Libor rate-fixing between 2006 and 2010. US regulators will be paid $1.2b by the bank, which was […]

Europe struggles to give itself a budget

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The European Union was struggling Friday morning 23 Novembr to find a way to give itself a 2014-2020 budget it can live with, after an  initial day of negotiations showed strong lines still drawn between northern and southern European nations. The UK wants to see an overall reduction to the €1 trillion […]

Edinburgh Agreement to give Scots a yes-no independence referendum

Cameron challenged to a debate by Salmond GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and British Prime Minister David Cameron have signed what is being widely hailed as a historic agreement to give Scots a chance to vote for or against independence. The deal, dubbed by Salmond as the Edinburgh Agreement, calls for a […]

UK rejects Argentina’s bid for Falklands talks

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Britain rejected Argentina’s request Thursday 14 June to resolve the conflict over the Falkland Islands through negotiations. British Prime Minister David Cameron says there will be “absolutely no negotiation”, after Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez Kirchner passionately urged talks between the two countries at a meeting in New York of the United Nations […]

Assange could be in Sweden by end of June

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Julian Assange, Australian founder of WikiLeaks, could be in Sweden by the end of June after he lost his request to have his extradition case reopened. Sweden requested his extradition more than two years ago for hearings in a case where two women accused him of sexual misconduct. A UK court agreed […]