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Emma Farge

U.N. expert says Eritrea has 'effective control' in parts of Tigray

12:28pm EDT

GENEVA Eritrea now has "effective control" of parts of Ethiopia's Tigray region, a U.N. human rights expert said on Tuesday, calling for troops to withdraw and for a prompt investigation into abuses, including the abduction of refugees.

WHO setting up hub to make COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa

Jun 21 2021

GENEVA The WHO is setting up a hub in South Africa to give companies from poor and middle-income countries the know-how and licenses to produce COVID-19 vaccines, in what President Cyril Ramaphosa called an historic step to spread lifesaving technology.

U.N. rights chief deplores abuse reports in Ethiopia's Tigray

Jun 21 2021

GENEVA The U.N. rights chief said on Monday she was "deeply disturbed" by reports of continued violations including executions in Ethiopia's Tigray region, and added that a long-awaited joint investigation should be ready by August.

Liberian rebel sentenced in Switzerland for war crimes, cannibalism

Jun 19 2021

GENEVA (Reuters) -A Liberian rebel commander was sentenced in Switzerland to 20 years in jail on Friday for rape, killings and an act of cannibalism, in one of the first ever convictions over the West African country's civil war.

Swiss verdict due in Liberia war crimes trial for rape, cannibalism

Jun 17 2021

GENEVA A Swiss court will rule on Friday whether a Liberian rebel commander committed rape, killings and an act of cannibalism in one of the only civil war-era cases from the West African country to ever go to trial.

Swiss baker invents 'Peace Cake' for Biden-Putin summit

Jun 16 2021

GENEVA A Swiss baker has invented a so-called "Peace Cake" to mark the Biden-Putin presidential summit, inspired by U.S. and Russian culinary traditions.

Putin impersonator beats real president to Geneva

Jun 16 2021

GENEVA A day before Russian President Vladimir Putin was due to arrive in Geneva for a historic summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, a look-alike was spotted in the Swiss city at a protest calling for the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

WTO head says pandemic-related trade barriers are rising

Jun 14 2021

GENEVA (Reuters) -The head of the World Trade Organization said on Monday that trade barriers related to medical supplies used against COVID-19 had risen and urged member states to drop them, as it intensified efforts to reach a deal on vaccine-sharing.

Navalny's daughter says Kremlin can't silence its critics

Jun 08 2021

GENEVA (Reuters) -The daughter of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Tuesday that the Russian authorities' efforts to silence critics like her father would not work, though she also expressed concern about "the fast downfall of democracy in my country".

COVAX hopes to deliver delayed AstraZeneca shots to Africa in June, July

Jun 04 2021

GENEVA The COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme hopes to send millions of delayed doses of AstraZeneca's shots to Africa in June and July, but the deployment hinges on a Spanish manufacturing site securing regulatory approval, U.N. officials said on Friday.

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