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Ban Ki-moon asks for cease-fire during Olympic Games

29 July 2016 | 0 comments

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on all warring parties in the world to “silence the guns” during the Olympic Games, which will begin on August 6 in Rio de Janeiro.“I call on the world...

Hell hath no fury: wife jailed over mistress bomb hoax

29 July 2016 | 0 comments

It is often said that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but one cheated wife went to extraordinary lengths to exact revenge on her husband's mistress.Tired of playing second fiddle to her husband's...

UN says it wants control of Aleppo humanitarian corridors

29 July 2016 | 0 comments

United Nations Syrian envoy Staffan de Mistura on Friday urged Russia to let the UN take charge of humanitarian corridors allowing civilians to escape the besieged city of Aleppo. De Mistura voiced provisional...

Picking up the baton as the world’s best chef

29 July 2016 | 0 comments

There’s a persistent clicking sound inside the kitchen of the Hôtel de Ville. It takes a while to locate it and then, I realise… It’s coming from the chef, Franck Giovannini.The at-times frantic clicking...

UBS and Credit Suisse – reasons to be cheerful

29 July 2016 | 0 comments

Switzerland’s two largest banks, UBS and Credit Suisse, have both reported drops in net profit for the second quarter. However, both banks have reasons to be relatively happy.On Friday, UBS reported a...

Central bank posts strong net profit

29 July 2016 | 0 comments

The Swiss National Bank reported on Friday a net profit of CHF21.3 billion ($21.76 billion) during the first six months of 2016, boosted by strong returns from its foreign currency investments and the...

UBS net profit slips 14% in second quarter

29 July 2016 | 0 comments

Swiss banking giant UBS on Friday beat earnings expectations in the second quarter, despite a 14-percent slide in net profits as economic uncertainty hit its activities. Switzerland's largest bank posted...

UBS makes better profit than expected

29 July 2016 | 0 comments

Switzerland's biggest bank UBS beat expectations on Friday with a second quarter net profit of CHF1.03 billion ($1.1 billion), higher than the CHF680 million forecast by analysts."We achieved this strong...

US struggling to meet its 'ideals': UN rights expert

28 July 2016 | 0 comments

Racial tension and inequality across society are preventing the United States from meeting its "ideals", a UN expert said Thursday following his first-ever visit to the country. The United Nations Special...

Swiss cancels winter flights to Istanbul

28 July 2016 | 0 comments

The airline Swiss has cancelled all flights to Istanbul for the upcoming winter season, citing a drop in passengers after terrorist attacks in recent months and the attempted coup two weeks ago.Swiss confirmed...

WWF calls for crack down on 'tiger farms'

28 July 2016 | 0 comments

The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday urged Asian states to investigate all tiger breeding centres and crack down on any involved in black-market animal trade. On the eve of the International Day of the...

Demand rebounds for Swiss made weapons

28 July 2016 | 0 comments

Sales of Swiss-made arms rose by 3% in the first half of the year, marking a modest turnaround fuelled by growing demand from regional power South Africa and nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.Switzerland...

Credit Suisse bounces back into profit

28 July 2016 | 0 comments

Credit Suisse bounced back into profit in the second quarter, earning 170 million Swiss francs ($172 million, 156 million euros), as it reported making progress on a major restructuring programme.Plunging...

Latest El Nino weather pattern is over: UN

28 July 2016 | 0 comments

The latest El Nino weather phenomenon, which was one of the most powerful on record, has ended but could be replaced by its stormy sister La Nina in the coming months, the UN meteorological agency said...

WWF urges closure of all tiger farms

28 July 2016 | 0 comments

The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday called on Asian states to close their tiger farms to boost efforts against the black-market trade in animal parts.The conservation group said there remained 200 tiger...

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