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Swiss voters buck global trends by rejecting lower corporate taxes

Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan that would have seen tax loopholes for international firms closed in exchange for lowering the general profit tax, a referendum result that runs counter to...

Swiss rightists defeated as voters back faster naturalization process

Young people whose grandparents migrated to Switzerland will get faster and easier access to Swiss citizenship, the country's voters decided on Sunday.

Swiss vote on corporate tax, naturalization, Olympics

Swiss voters will be called Sunday to weigh in on: closing tax loopholes; creating easier naturalization procedures; and hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics, in referenda that touch upon the country'...

South Sudan exodus exceeds 1.5 million as fighting rages

The number of people who have fled South Sudan's civil war has crossed 1.5 million, in what is now the world's third-biggest refugee crisis after Syria and Afghanistan, the UN Refugee Agency (...

War-torn Yemen on the brink of famine, says UN

Ravaged by almost two years of civil war, Yemen is on the brink of famine, a United Nations official said in Geneva on Wednesday.

UN reports mass rapes, baby killings targeting Rohingya in Myanmar

The United Nations have gathered evidence that Myanmar's security forces have committed mass rapes and killed young children in their crackdown on the Rohingya minority, according to a UN report...

Air travel grew 6.3 per cent last year as passengers hit new record

The annual number of air passengers reached a record 3.7 billion last year as demand for air travel rose 6.3 per cent, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Thursday in Geneva....

UN appeals to Trump: US contribution to refugee resettlement vital

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has appealed to President Donald Trump to rethink his policy to halt immigration to the United States, stressing the importance of his country's contribution to...

WTO rules against Russian tariffs on European vans

Russian duties on transport vans from Germany and Italy run counter to its free-trade obligations, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said in a ruling on Friday.

UN mediator: Geneva Cyprus talks will not yet result in final deal

Even if negotiators reach a breakthrough on ending the separation of Cyprus this week in Geneva, they will not be able to work out all the details needed for a comprehensive final agreement, UN ...

Negotiators tackle thorny obstacles on path to reuniting Cyprus

The Greek and Turkish leaders of Cyprus returned to the negotiating table Monday in Geneva to work on the few but divisive issues that stand in the way of an agreement to end the separation of the...

Man shoots Swiss police officers in house search, turns gun on self

A man in north-eastern Switzerland shot two police officers during a house search on Tuesday before later turning the gun on himself.

Mediterranean deaths reach record 5,000 as smugglers adjust tactics

New, riskier tactics by people smugglers have pushed the number of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean to a new record of more than 5,000 this year, UN organizations said Friday in Geneva.

WTO rules Boeing subsidies illegal in EU-US aircraft dispute

US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has received forbidden subsidies for its 777X wide-body passenger jet, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said Monday, deciding the latest round of the ongoing EU-...

WHO declares end of Zika global health emergency

Zika no longer constitutes a global health emergency because intensified research during the past months has provided a better understanding of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said...