Egypt has withdrawn from Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) talks in Geneva in protest over the failure of the international community to implement a resolution for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.
On Monday, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the country ended its participation in the two-week talks over other nations’ failure to implement the 1995 resolution, which calls for the creation of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region.
“We can’t [...]
GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights chief called on the United States on Friday to close down the Guantanamo prison camp, saying the indefinite imprisonment of many detainees without charge or trial violated international law.
Navi Pillay said the hunger strike being staged by some inmates at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in southeastern Cuba was a “desperate act” but “scarcely surprising”.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has strongly condemned the executions on [...]
Millions of people around the world have been affected by slow internet speeds after an unprecedented attack.
A Dutch web-hosting company caused disruption and the global slowdown of the internet, according to a not-for-profit anti-spam organization.
The interruptions came after Spamhaus, a spam-fighting group based in Geneva, temporarily added the Dutch firm, CyberBunker, to a blacklist that is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam.
Cyberbunker is housed in a five-story former NATO [...]
GENEVA (AP) – Physicists said Thursday they are now confident they have discovered a crucial subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson – a major discovery that will go a long ways toward helping them explain why the universe is the way it is.
They made the statement following study of the data gathered last year from the world’s largest atom-smasher, which lies beneath the Swiss-French border outside Geneva. The European [...]
Much of the regulation issuing from the EU is being passed down from even bigger, global bodies
by Christopher Booker, The Telegraph:
As predicted, that speech on “Europe” delivered by David Cameron at eight o’clock on Wednesday morning put one in mind of the White Queen’s boast that she could “believe six impossible things before breakfast”.
He wanted us to believe that he could persuade the EU to change its nature and the purposes [...]
A stunning Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) report on Prime Minister Medvedev’s [photo top right] agenda at the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week states that Russia will warn President Obama that the “time has come” for the world to know the truth about aliens, and if the United States won’t participate in the announcement, the Kremlin will do so on its own.
The WEF (The Forum) is a Swiss non-profit [...]
The French intellectual, Thierry Meyssan said the US administration has decided to abandon the armed terrorist groups in Syria who call themselves ”The Free Army” as the US is set to start negotiations with Russia for solving the crisis there according to Geneva statement.
In an article published on Voltaire Network, Meyssan said that the US administration has clearly decided to turn the page on the so-called ‘Free Army’, reminding that [...]
GENEVA (AP) — A man armed with an old military rifle and a handgun shot and killed three women and wounded two men in a southern Swiss village, police said Thursday.
Police shot and wounded the suspect after he threatened to also shoot officers who arrived at the scene after the shooting in the village of Daillon on Wednesday evening, said interim cantonal police chief Robert Steiner. The gunman was then [...]
After driving around my neighborhood on Long Island yesterday to survey the damage done by Hurricane Sandy, I’m changing my forecast. I think we will be without electricity for much longer than a week. Power lines are down everywhere. Many are supporting broken trees that are dangling dangerously over the roads. The repair crews can’t even begin to do their jobs until all the tree debris is removed. I was [...]
AFP - More than 350 million people suffer from depression globally, the World Health Organization said, ahead of World Mental Health Day on Wednesday.
“It is not a disease of developed countries, it is a global phenomenon. It’s present in both genders and in rich and poor populations,” Dr Shekhar Saxena, head of the WHO’s mental health and substance abuse department, told reporters in Geneva.
No region is free from the disorder and [...]
With their long-cherished secrecy practices increasingly under attack, Swiss banks are scrambling for a new way to attract wealthy foreign clients.
“Banking secrecy is no longer there. That’s gone. It is over,” international wealth management consultant Osmond Plummer told a gathering of Swiss bankers in Geneva last week.
And once the secrecy ends, he stressed, Swiss financial institutions will have to come up with a new magnet if they want to remain [...]
Confused by the implications of Draghi’s pre-leaked speech? Don’t worry, you are not alone. As the following sampling of opinions by Wall Street experts via Reuters confirms, opinions range from the positive to the negative, to the completely clueless.
IOAN SMITH, STRATEGIST, KNIGHT CAPITAL
“With regards to seniority this point is important. Pari passu will not apply to existing SMP holdings which suggest dealing with Greece remains a problem. A precedent was [...]
BERKELEY, Calif. (CBS Seattle) – It sounds like something out of the movie “Johnny Mnemonic,” but scientists have successfully been able to “hack” a brain with a device that’s easily available on the open market.
Researchers from the University of California and University of Oxford in Geneva figured out a way to pluck sensitive information from a person’s head, such as PIN numbers and bank information.
The scientists took an off-the-shelf Emotiv brain-computer interface, a [...]
Tel Aviv / Geneva (dradio / IRIB) – Because of the fighting in Syria, more and more people leave the country.
21 July 2012
Israel, however, does not rule out military intervention in Syria if the government provides chemical weapons or missiles to the Lebanese Hezbollah. Defense Minister Barak said in a television interview that he had ordered the armed forces already to prepare for such a development.
In an exclusive report Zero Hedge yesterday presented the connection between the 16 BBA member banks, and something far more sinister: the sleepy, quiet (just as they want it) universe of Swiss hedge funds and private banks. One of our key focuses was on a gentleman named Michael Zrihen. We said : “So allegedly Zrihen, who now works in Geneva (keep a note of this), manipulated Libor at CA, and is now [...]
Moscow made a secret deal with Tehran that it now publicly refuses to abide by. Iran filed a lawsuit to an international court in Geneva demanding $4 billion.
Iran Demands $4 Bln From Russia Over Canceled Missile Deal
“The case was started on April 13, 2011. The subject of the case is “Possible damages of $3,985,159,773.32 to fulfil obligations for delivery of special property,” the report says in reference to ongoing legal [...]
By Tom Miles
GENEVA, July 4 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization has agreed new membership standards for the weakest economies, lowering the bar for countries such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Sudan to join the global trading club, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
In the document, which was agreed on June 29 and will be rubber-stamped by the WTO’s General Council on July 25-26, the WTO’s 155 existing members [...]
VIDEO: Michio Kaku on the ‘God Particle’
A VIDEO from Europe’s CERN physics lab, apparently posted mistakenly on the eve of an announcement on the elusive “God Particle,” reveals that a new subatomic particle has been observed in the relevant range.
“We’ve observed a new particle,” European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) spokesman Joe Incandela says in the video that appeared on the Science News website before being picked up elsewhere.
“We have [...]
Basically he said that.
GENEVA (AP) — Syria envoy Kofi Annan has warned that if nations trying to end the country’s violence fail to act they face an international crisis of “grave severity.”
He says history “will judge us all harshly if we prove incapable of taking the right path today.”
The talks hosted by the United Nations at its European headquarters in Geneva on Saturday are seen as a last-ditch attempt to [...]
By Kate Gibson
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has died, the royal court said Saturday, according to wire-service reports. Saudi state television said Nayef died in Geneva where he was being treated for an unknown medical problem, Reuters and others reported. Nayef, a hard-line interior minister and next in line to succeed King Abdullah, was in his late 70s. Prince Salman, now defense [...]
A Swiss jewellery company has created a ring made from one enormous chunk of diamond.
Shawish Jewellery, a company based in Geneva, unveiled what they have billed as ‘the world’s first diamond ring’.
The 150-carat ring has been valued at around $70million and took one year to construct.
Cut from a single chunk of rough diamond, the ring Original designs were copyrighted and released in April of last year.
For fans who attended the project’s original [...]
By Daniel Strauss and Geneva Sands - 03/19/12 03:07 PM ET
GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney said Monday he doesn’t understand how young people could vote for Democrats.
“I don’t see how a young American can vote for, well, can vote for a Democrat,” Romney said in a speech at the University of Chicago.
The former Massachusetts governor said Democrats were saddling young people with debt while Republicans are committed to reducing spending and balancing [...]
February 23, 2012
A mention on the website of the World Health Organization (WHO) admits that there were suggestions by member or members of the Chemical Aspects Working Group meeting in Tokyo, held in 2002, to omit information on the “adverse health effects” of fluoride to “prevent controversy.” Here is the full quote from the WHO’s website:
“At the Chemical Aspects Working Group meeting (Tokyo, 2002), the group was informed that [...]
Bloomberg headlines confirm the Chinese export-led growth dynamo is growing dimmer by the day:
CHINA’S `NOT TOO OPTIMISTIC’ ABOUT EXPORTS IN 2012, CHEN SAYS
CHINA’S TRADE GROWTH MARGIN DECLINED IN DECEMBER, CHEN SAYS
CHINA EXPORTS 2 PERCENTAGE POINTS LOWER IN EACH MONTH OF 4Q
CHINA 2011 IMPORT GROWTH RATE 5 PCT POINTS HIGHER THAN EXPORTS
CHINESE COMMERCE MINISTER CHEN DEMING SPEAKS AT GENEVA BRIEFING
Translation: the next several Chinese monthly surplus reports will not be pretty, [...]
GLENDALE (CBS) — The city of Glendale is imposing a ban on artificial grass. Notices are going out to homeowners whose front yards are covered in turf.
Geneva Dotson says she was forced to pay crews $3,000 to rip up her brand new front yard after receiving a notice from city hall.
“There’s enough drama in life without having the city breathing down my back,” says Dotson. “I’m very angry about it, [...]
By Robert Frank of the Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street bailouts have been a chief target of criticism by the Occupy Wall Streeters.
Now another crusader has weighed in on the issue, saying Washington has given too much money to bankers and not enough to the mass workforce.
The crusader? Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man.
“The monetary and the fiscal policies, which are very aggressive, should go more to [...]
GENEVA — The U.S. has tumbled further down a global ranking of the world’s most competitive economies, landing at fifth place because of its huge deficits and declining public faith in government, a global economic group said Wednesday.
The announcement by the World Economic Forum was the latest bad news for the Obama administration, which has been struggling to boost the sinking U.S. economy and lower an unemployment rate of more [...]
GENEVA — Government troops in Congo raped at least 121 women over a three-day period, then pillaged their village in the restive east of the country, the U.N. human rights office said Friday.
A spokesman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the incident allegedly occurred June 11-13 in the village of Nyakiele in South Kivu province.
A U.N. team that visited the area “have confirmed that large-scale [...]
GENEVA (AP) — Google is threatening to wipe photographs of streets and houses in Switzerland from its online maps unless the country’s supreme court overturns a ruling requiring an absolute guarantee of anonymity for people captured by the popular Street View service.
Shutting down Street View in an entire country would be the Internet search giant’s most extreme response yet to growing complaints it is violating people’s privacy.
The Mountain View, [...]
Amid mounting frustration over taxation and banking problems, small but growing numbers of overseas Americans are taking the weighty step of renouncing their citizenship.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“What we have seen is a substantial change in mentality among the overseas community in the past two years,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Jackie Bugnion, director of American Citizens Abroad, an advocacy group based in Geneva. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Before, no one would dare mention to other Americans that they were even thinking [...]