WHO Africa: New rapid tests a 'game changer' against COVID

GENEVA (AP) — Health officials in Africa say the rollout of rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 could be a “game changer” for their fight against the coronavirus but also warned Thursday that increase...

UN envoy hails early agreements in Libya talks

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said Wednesday the two warring factions have agreed on issues that “directly impact the lives and welfare of the Libyan people,” noting that the thorny work to c...

Study: COVID speeds up human vs machine standoff over work

GENEVA (AP) — As automation and online work gain ground, organizers of the annual Davos forum are projecting employers will split work equally between machines and people by 2025, with the coronavirus...

WHO, partners roll out faster COVID tests for poorer nations

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization announced Monday that it and leading partners have agreed to a plan to roll out 120 million rapid-diagnostic tests for the coronavirus to help lower- and mi...

Swiss-EU relations back on ballot over freedom of movement

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss will vote this weekend on a renewed proposal to limit the number of European Union nationals allowed to live and work in their country, a measure championed by a populist party...

Court convicts 12 over tennis-playing protest at Swiss bank

GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss appeals court on Thursday convicted a dozen environmental activists who took part in a rogue tennis match inside a Lausanne branch of Credit Suisse to protest the Swiss bank's li...

UN experts decry continued abuse as Syria's war grinds on

GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-backed investigators pointed Tuesday to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing po...

UN rights chief decries racism in US, keeps eye on Hong Kong

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief appealed Monday for “urgent and profound action to combat systemic racism” in the United States, and encouraged Hong Kong authorities to “monitor closely” the...

New UN report says rebels in Yemen recruited teenage girls

GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-backed experts have found evidence that rebels in Yemen recruited nearly three dozen teenage girls — some said to be survivors of sexual violence — as spies, medics, guards and memb...

Swiss official airs concerns about data privacy in US

GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss federal commissioner announced Tuesday that a U.S.-Swiss program aimed to protect personal information exchanged between the two countries doesn't go far enough, and has downgrad...

Swiss authority opens case against Credit Suisse over spying

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's financial market oversight body said Wednesday that it has opened “enforcement proceedings” against Credit Suisse in the wake of a spying scandal that has marred the image ...

WHO Europe chief cites coronavirus warning signs ahead

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization’s top official in Europe warned Thursday that the coronavirus is a “tornado with a long tail” and said rising case counts among young people could ultimatel...

WHO: Children aged 6-to-11 should wear masks at times, too

GENEVA (AP) — Just as millions of children are heading back to school, the World Health Organization says those aged 6 to 11 should wear masks in some cases to help fight the spread of coronavirus. ...

WHO advance team ends visit to China to probe COVID origin

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Monday an advance team looking into the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak has concluded its mission in China, and the U.N. health agency is preparing th...

UN report finds migrants face violence by African officials

GENEVA (AP) — A new U.N. refugee agency report on migrants who braved long and often-deadly land routes to Libya has found that government officials, such as border guards, police and soldiers, in the...