Survey: Most Americans view gun control favorably

SWITZERLAND – A new survey shows most Americans agree with renewed gun control in the US. Fifty-three percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll view US President Barack Obama’s gun control plan favorably, 41 percent unfavorably. Strong proponents outnumber strong opponents 38 vs. 31 percent in the poll produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. The survey comes weeks […]

Afghanistan ends death penalty moratorium

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The same day that Switzerland, a leader in the fight to abolish the death penalty worldwide, said progress was being made in gathering world support for a death penalty moratorium, Afghanistan executed eight people. Human Rights Watch reported late Tuesday 21 November that the country executed them Monday, effectively ending its four-year […]

The day before the US election (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2012 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International Herald Tribune, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

US elections: Illinois primary crucial for Romney

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A victory by Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s Republican party primary in Illinois would be key toward winning the party’s nomination for the US presidential election as he continues his state-to-state duel with Rick Santorum. Polls have put the former Massachusetts governor ahead of Santorum by an average of 7.5 percent, according to […]

Election day in Russia (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2012 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International Herald Tribune, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

US debt agreement shifts currency market trends, franc remains safe haven (update)

Update 11:00  GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Currency markets have reacted to the news of a US Congressional debt ceiling deal with volatility. The Sunday 31 July announcement of a deal was followed by a boost in the dollar, when then lost its gains against the Swiss franc, sinking to an all-time low Monday of CHF0.7729 to […]

Pakistan suffers flood funds shortfall

Australia creates flood tax Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Monsoon floods that devastated Pakistan in 2010 continue to cause extreme hardship in the face of a funding shortfall, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva says. “This natural disaster, unprecedented in terms of destruction of housing and infrastructure, has necessitated an unprecedented response,” the IOM […]

Swiss inflation clocks in at 0.7 percent for 2010

Neuchatel, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss inflation for the month of December was flat compared to the preceding month and rounds off the year with a rate of +0.7 percent, according to figures released by the Swiss Federal Statistics Office (FSO). The consumer price index at the end of 2010 stood at 104.2 (December 2005 = […]

Researchers find remains of a “sea monster” [Video]

French researchers have found, and put on display at the Natural History Museum in Paris, the fossilized remains of what could be described as a “sea monster.” The findings of a 12 million-year-old creature dug from the Peruvian dessert, is being explained in the most recent edition of Nature magazine. The fossil found in an […]

Norwegian and British-Norwegian sentenced to death in Congo

A British-Norwegian, and a Norwegian national have been sentenced to death on charges of espionage and murder. Former Norwegian soldiers, Joshua French, the dual national, and Tjostolv Moland, had been previously convicted of allegedly murdering their driver and attempting to murder a witness. Human rights group have called the judicial process, a “military show trial” […]