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Syria's warring sides face off as U.N. tells them: end the nightmare

GENEVA Opposing sides in the Syrian war came face-to-face in U.N. peace talks for the first time in three years on Thursday, to hear mediator Staffan de Mistura implore them to cooperate to find a way out of almost six years of war.

Feb 22 2017

U.N. mediator not expecting quick breakthrough in Syria peace talks

GENEVA U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday he did not expect an immediate breakthrough when Syria peace talks restart on Thursday but wanted productive talks that relaunch the process towards a political solution to end the six-year war. | Video

Feb 22 2017

WTO deal to cut red tape comes into force, promising global economy boost

GENEVA A global agreement to boost trade by cutting red tape and streamlining border checks came into force on Wednesday, promising a 0.5 percent lift to the world economy by 2030 even as it faces renewed protectionism from the United States.

Feb 22 2017

WTO chief does not foresee 'unmanageable' U.S. trade policy

GENEVA World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo said on Wednesday he had not yet discussed trade issues with the new U.S. administration but was confident the WTO could cope with any new U.S. trade policy.

Feb 22 2017

Groundhog day in Geneva: old questions haunt Syria talks

GENEVA When Syria peace talks restart in Geneva on Thursday after 10 months in the deep-freeze, familiar disagreements are likely to resurface, despite massive changes in the military and political context.

Feb 20 2017

Congo must investigate credible reports of atrocities: U.N.'s Zeid

GENEVA/KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo must investigate credible reports of atrocities including summary executions by the armed forces, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said on Monday.

Feb 17 2017

Arctic and Antarctic sea ice at record low in January: U.N.

GENEVA The extent of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic last month was the lowest on record for January, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said on Friday, while concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a January record.

Feb 17 2017

U.N. shifts on Syria talks language, in concession to Assad

GENEVA The United Nations is no longer using the phrase "political transition" to describe the goals of next week's Syria peace talks, in a potentially major concession to negotiators representing President Bashar al-Assad.

Feb 17 2017

U.N. shifts on Syria talks language, in concession to Assad

GENEVA The United Nations is no longer using the phrase "political transition" to describe the goals of next week's Syria peace talks, in a potentially major concession to negotiators representing President Bashar al-Assad.

Feb 17 2017

U.N. shifts on Syria talks language, in concession to Assad

GENEVA The United Nations is no longer using the phrase "political transition" to describe the goals of next week's Syria peace talks, in a potentially major concession to negotiators representing President Bashar al-Assad.

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