Giant land art in Geneva celebrates 75 years of the UN | AFP

French artist Saype created a giant work of land art called “World in progress” in the garden of the UN headquarters in Geneva, a gift from Switzerland for the 75th anniversary of the international organization.

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Geneva’s iconic “Jet d’Eau” fountain turned back on as coronavirus restrictions eased | AFP

Geneva’s famous “jet d’eau” is turned back on after being shut down since March 20th, as Switzerland continues to ease lockdown restrictions put in place to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The fountain on the city’s lake can reach a maximum height of 140 metres. IMAGES

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Geneva’s streets get shattered glass artwork | AFP

Swiss artist Simon Berger installs his pieces of art, faces hammered on glass, in the streets of Geneva, where life is slowly resuming after the COVID-19 lockdown measures. from Simon BergerN°1QX91Q

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Welcome to hotel Bel’Espérance: Helping the homeless amid pandemic | AFP

In Geneva’s Old Town, the Bel’Espérance hotel has a different guestlist to its usual clientele, as it helps homeless teenagers and women get off the streets.

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Lifting virus restrictions too quick could spark ‘deadly resurgence’: WHO | AFP

A hasty lifting of restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a fatal resurgence of the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization warns. “WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone. At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly,” the UN health body’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says during a virtual press conference in Geneva. IMAGES

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Global trade will plunge by up to a third in 2020 amid pandemic: WTO | AFP

Global trade growth is expected to plummet by up to a third in 2020 due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the World Trade Organization says. “If the pandemic is not brought under control then governments failing to coordinate policy responses, the the decline could be 32% or more,” World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo says during a virtual news conference in Geneva. IMAGES

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Pandemic could provoke ‘deepest economic recession… of our lifetimes’: WTO chief | AFP

The COVID-19 pandemic could provoke the deepest recession in living memory, World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo warns. “As we face what may well be the deepest economic recession or downturn of our lifetimes, we should aim to make the most of all potential drivers of sustainable growth to reverse this situation,” he says during a virtual news conference in Geneva. SOUNDBITE

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‘Nobody is safe until we are all safe’: WHO on coronavirus | AFP

The World Health Organization urges wealthier countries to support lower income countries through the coronavirus pandemic during its daily briefing in Geneva. Dr Michael J. Ryan, chief of the WHO emergency response plan, says that these richer nations “must move to protect” the others.

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COVID-19: images of Geneva airport as Trump bans Europeans from US | AFP

Scenes at Geneva airport after US President Donald Trump banned Europeans from entering the United States to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus that has infected over 126,000 people and killed 4,600 according to John Hopkins University. IMAGES

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Over 70% of people infected with coronavirus in China have recovered: WHO | AFP

The World Health Organization says that more than 70 percent of those infected with the new coronavirus in China have recovered, adding that the country was bringing its epidemic under control. Out of the more than 80,000 cases of COVID-19 in China, “more than 70 percent have recovered and have been discharged,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in Geneva. IMAGES

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Human rights ‘under assault’: UN chief | AFP

UN chief Antonio Guterres says that “Human rights are under assault,” as he opens the UN Human Rights Council’s main annual session in Geneva. SOUNDBITE

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Novel coronavirus named ‘Covid-19’: UN health agency | AFP

World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells reporters in Geneva that “Covid-19” will be the new official name for the deadly coronavirus that was first identified in China on December 31. SOUNDBITE

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World has ‘window of opportunity’ to halt virus spread: WHO chief | AFP

The dramatic measures taken by China to rein in the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak have prevented significant spread abroad, providing a “window of opportunity” to halt transmission, the World Health Organization chief says during a press briefing in Geneva. SOUNDBITE

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Violence in DR Congo’s Ituri may be crimes against humanity: UN | AFP

Hundreds of people have been killed or raped in attacks on the Hema ethnic group in eastern DR Congo’s Ituri province, in what “may amount to crimes against humanity”, the UN Human Rights High Commissioner’s spokesman says in Geneva. SOUNDBITE

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Ebola outbreak in DRC remains emergency of “international concern” : WHO | AFP

The Ebola epidemic in DR Congo remains a “public health emergency of international concern” for three more months, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus says at a press conference in Geneva. IMAGES

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Pakistan fears ‘genocide’ in Kashmir says Foreign Minister | AFP

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi warns the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that a “genocide” could be looming in the Indian Kashmir. SOUNDBITE

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How Swiss Army Knives Are Made | The Making Of

Over 45,000 pocket knives are produced each day by Victorinox, Europe’s largest knife manufacturer. The iconic Swiss Army knife has been around for nearly 130 years. It was originally created by Karl Elsener in 1891. We visited the flagship store in Geneva, Switzerland to look at some of the company’s 400 different knife models.

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NGOs react to near-total ban on sending wild elephants to zoos | AFP

NGOS say they are ‘pleased’ with the decision taken in Geneva by the regulator of global wildlife trade to impose a near-total ban on sending African elephants captured from the wild to zoos.

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Endangered species | AFP Animé

Videographic on endangered species. More than 2,300 endangered tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since the turn of the century, according to a report published Tuesday, urging more action to protect the giant cats. The report was released as parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meet in Geneva to evaluate and fine-tune the treaty that manages trade in more than 35,000 species of plants and animals.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Swiss police fire water cannon, stun grenades at Cameroon protesters | AFP

Large numbers of police in riot gear use water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades against anti-Biya protesters in Geneva. The demonstrations began outside a luxury hotel in the Swiss capital where Paul Biya, Cameroon’s 86-year-old president who has ruled the country since 1982, is believed to be staying.

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Swiss police fire water cannon, stun grenades at Cameroon protesters | AFP

Large numbers of police in riot gear use water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades against anti-Biya protesters in Geneva. The demonstrations began outside a luxury hotel in the Swiss capital where Paul Biya, Cameroon’s 86-year-old president who has ruled the country since 1982, is believed to be staying. IMAGES

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