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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New Arms race: Moscow warns against spiralling into a new arms race in the 21st century

Russia’s Foreign Minister has warned against the emergence of a new arms race – on an even greater scale than the Cold War.

Speaking at a conference on disarmament in Geneva, Sergey Lavrov said he regrets America’s willingness to undermine some cornerstone treaties on controlling weapon stockpiles.

At the same time Washington questioned Moscow’s intention to prevent an arms race.

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Convoy believed to carry Algeria’s Bouteflika arrives at airport

A convoy previously seen leaving the hospital where Algeria’s ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was allegedly treated arrives at Geneva airport, where an Algerian government plane that transported the country’s president to Switzerland for treatment two weeks ago is waiting. IMAGES of the convoy

UN Conference on Yemen pledges 2.6 billion dollars of aid

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the UN pledging conference on Yemen in Geneva has been a “success” as “donors have pledged 30% more than last year to help address the dramatic humanitarian situation”. 2.6 billion US dollars have been pledged but the UN has said that $4.2 billion is needed to provide relief to more than 21 million people across the war-torn country, where 80 percent of the population is estimated to need assistance.

Yellow Vests protest in front of UN headquarters in Geneva

Yellow Vests are protesting in front of the UN headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday, February 20 to denounce police violence during the demonstrations in France.

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Federer and Borg in Geneva to present 3rd edition of Laver Cup

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer and tennis legend Björn Borg present the third edition of the Laver Cup, opposing players from Europe to players from the rest of the world, that will take place next September in Geneva.

Mother Nature plant watch on display at Geneva Fair

Luxury watch designer H. Moser & Cie unveil their Mother Nature concept watch, made using plants, at the International fair of fine watchmaking in Geneva. Company CEO Edouard Meylan says that they wanted to ‘raise awareness’ around ‘corporate social responsibility’ with the unique piece.

Russia, Iran & Turkey agree to launch Syrian constitution committee

Top diplomats from Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to ensure that a 150-strong committee to draft a new Syrian constitution will convene for the first time early next year as they wrapped up a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday.

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