Geneva

  • Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord 21-04-2014 11:49 AM

    Reuters: At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine's Western-backed...
  • India abstains from voting against Sri Lanka at UNHRC 27-03-2014 05:56 PM

    Geneva: India on Thursday abstained from voting on the US-backed resolution seeking probe into Sri Lankan war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council. Even as India refrained from voting against its neighbour, the resolution was passed with the support of 23 nations. A tweet from the Ministry of External...
  • Geneva Auto Show 2014: Audi unveils TT Quattro Sport Concept 09-03-2014 04:39 PM

    Audi has revealed the TT Quattro Sport Concept at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The face of the TT concept is defined by the massive trapezoidal grille, huge air intakes and a carbon-fibre reinforced polymer front splitter which helps in increasing downforce. The matrix headlights have received an LED upgrade....
  • Manmohan Singh heads for Myanmar summit on regional ties 02-03-2014 01:32 PM

    New Delhi: Manmohan Singh leaves for Myanmar capital Nai Pyi Taw on Monday for the six-nation BIMSTEC meet on regional ties, in what could be his last foreign visit as prime minister, and also hold bilateral talks with its leadership. Apart from engaging with his host, Myanmar President U Thein...
  • 2015 Ford Focus to be unveiled at Geneva Auto Show 2014 27-02-2014 03:59 PM

    Ford will unveil the new Focus at the Geneva Show to be held next month. The car is said to have an emotive exterior design, new interiors and better fuel economy figures than the outgoing model. The new Focus comes with the One Ford global design language. The front gets...
  • Ethiopian co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva 18-02-2014 09:59 AM

    Geneva: It seemed like a routine overnight flight until the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner went into a dive and oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Only then did the terrified passengers - bound for Italy from Addis Ababa - realize something was terribly wrong. The co-pilot had locked his captain from...
  • Ethiopian Airlines hijacker arrested: Swiss police 17-02-2014 12:45 PM

    Swiss police say the hijacker of an Ethiopian Airlines plane forced to land in Geneva has been arrested. Police spokesman Jean-Philippe Brandt told that "the situation is under control" and nobody on the flight was injured. Further details of the incident will be released at a news conference. Brandt says...
  • Honda teases Civic Type-R concept before its Geneva debut 16-02-2014 01:23 PM

    Honda has teased an image of its Civic Type-R concept which is scheduled to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The Civic type R is a wildly popular model from Honda stables and has a number of young enthusiasts around the globe who pep it up with aftermarket parts making...
  • Syria sides to meet but peace talks may not take off 25-01-2014 07:50 AM

    Geneva: After a day's delay and repeated bitter recriminations, the warring sides in Syria will hold their first joint meeting on Saturday to launch talks aimed at ending almost three years of conflict. In a measure of the task ahead, diplomatic sources said the first two days of talks in...
  • Nuclear agreement with Iran a historic mistake, says Israel 24-11-2013 03:20 PM

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government denounced world powers' nuclear agreement with Iran on Sunday as a "bad deal" to which Israel would not be bound. Yet Israeli officials stopped short of explicitly threatening military action that could further isolate the Jewish state and imperil its alliance with Washington, saying...
  • 'Pink Star' sold for world record price in Geneva 14-11-2013 11:53 AM

    The "Pink Star", a flawless pink diamond the size of a plum, sold for 76.3 million Swiss francs in Geneva on Wednesday, a world record price for a gemstone at auction, Sotheby's said. "The diamond was bought by Isaac Wolf and the diamond has been renamed The Pink Dream," said...
  • US lawmakers seek tighter Iran sanctions before any deal 11-11-2013 11:22 AM

    US lawmakers said on Sunday they aimed to tighten sanctions on Iran to prevent Washington giving away too much in a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme that diplomats said was still possible despite the failure of high-level weekend talks. Their comments reflected widespread Congressional scepticism about a rapprochement between Iran...
  • Tipu Sultan's sword auctioned in London 10-10-2013 09:13 AM

    London: Deccan ruler Tipu Sultan's three-century-old second sword was auctioned at Sothbey's in London on Wednesday. The Deccan ruler's weapon may have found its way back to India as according to reports, it was probably bought by an Indian museum for 150,000 dollars. Tipu Sultan's sword surfaced for auction on...
  • GlaxoSmithKline aims to market world's first malaria vaccine 08-10-2013 02:34 PM

    British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will seek marketing approval for the world's first malaria vaccine next year after trial data showed the shot significantly cut cases of the disease in African children. The vaccine known as RTS,S was found, after 18 months of follow-up, to have almost halved the number of malaria...
  • Chemical weapons deal a victory, says Syrian official 16-09-2013 01:04 PM

    A high-ranking Syrian official called the US-Russian agreement on securing Syria's chemical weapons a "victory" for President Bashar Assad's regime, but the US warned on Sunday "the threat of force is real" if Damascus fails to carry out the plan. The comments by Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation Ali Haidar...
  • US and Russia at odds over Syria issue 13-09-2013 04:04 PM

    US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov say the prospects for a resumption in the Syria peace process are riding on the outcome of their chemical weapons talks. Kerry, flanked by Lavrov and the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, told reporters on Friday...
  • UN chief takes responsibility for failing to control Syrian war crimes 12-09-2013 09:04 AM

    Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart in Geneva on Thursday to discuss Syria issue. ...
  • Syria war crimes worsen in battle for territory: UN 11-09-2013 02:27 PM

    Geneva: UN human rights investigators said on Wednesday Syrian government forces had massacred civilians, bombed hospitals and committed other war crimes in widespread attacks to recapture territory from rebels this year. Opposition forces, including Islamist foreign fighters, have also perpetrated war crimes including executions, hostage-taking and shelling of civilian neighbourhoods,...
  • India slips to 60th rank on competitiveness, Switzerland on top 04-09-2013 01:50 PM

    New Delhi/Geneva: India has slipped to 60th position in terms of its competitiveness globally, while Switzerland has retained its top rank. This is India's lowest ever rank and also 31 places below its peer emerging market China. Releasing the annual Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014, Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) on...
  • UN official urges Iran to sway Syria government on peace talks 28-08-2013 02:17 AM

    A top UN official visiting Iran has urged it to use its influence to persuade the Syrian government to attend planned peace talks with opposition groups in Geneva, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has spent the past two days in Tehran meeting officials,...
  • Swiss shop owner apologises to Oprah Winfrey for racist remark 09-08-2013 09:51 PM

    Geneva: Oprah Winfrey said she had a racist encounter while shopping in Switzerland and the national tourist office and the shop owner have apologised. The billionaire media mogul told the US program "Entertainment Tonight" that a shop assistant in Zurich refused to show her a black handbag priced at $38,000...
  • International Red Cross office attacked in Afghanistan 29-05-2013 10:59 PM

    Jalalabad: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad came under attack on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Geneva-based organisation said. A large explosion was heard near the ICRC office in Nangarhar province and heavy gunfire was ongoing, a witness said. Black...
  • Geneva: Colourless diamond auctioned for record $26.7 million 16-05-2013 09:40 AM

    Geneva: A huge diamond unearthed in Botswana commanded an unearthly price of $26.7 million from Christie's auction house on Wednesday amid the spring ritual of well-heeled bidders flocking or phoning in to Geneva's luxury sales. The pear-shaped gem accounted for more than a quarter of the $102 million in sales...
  • US calls on Sri Lanka to ensure freedom of press 01-05-2013 07:20 AM

    Washington: Expressing deep concern over the recent surge in attacks on Sri Lankan media organisations, the US on Tuesday called on the country to ensure freedom of press. "The US calls on Sri Lankan authorities to demonstrate their commitment to the rule of law and freedom of expression by conducting...