Geneva

  • India ready to re-engage with WTO members in September August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: With its stand on food security leading to a stalemate at the WTO talks in Geneva, India on Friday said it is committed to the global trade deal without compromising on its interest, and will re-engage with members when talks resume a month from now. "WTO will open...
  • Nine reasons why India's WTO veto shocked the world August 1, 2014

    Geneva: India's tough diplomacy blocked a landmark world trade treaty late on Thursday, despite last-ditch talks to rescue what would have been the first global trade reform since the creation of the World Trade Organization 19 years ago. Trade diplomats in Geneva have said they are "flabbergasted", "astonished" and "dismayed" and...
  • No trade facilitation pact without resolving food security issue: India to WTO July 25, 2014

    Geneva: In a strong message to the WTO, India on Friday said it will not ratify the trade facilitation pact until a permanent solution is found on food security and other issues of poor nations impacting livelihood of millions. "To jeopardise the food security of millions at the altar of...
  • India votes in support of UNHRC resolution on Gaza July 24, 2014

    Geneva: India along with BRICS countries on Wednesday voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to launch a probe into Israel's offensive on Gaza. India joined Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to vote for a Palestinian-drafted resolution on "Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied...
  • UN rights chief calls time on caste-based sex attacks June 18, 2014

    Geneva: UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged India to ensure that perpetrators of caste-based sexual attacks do not escape justice. "Women from stigmatised castes suffer the double assault of caste-based and gender-based discrimination," Pillay said on the sidelines of a session of the UN Human Rights Council....
  • The most expensive divorce settlement in history? Swiss court orders Russian billionaire to pay $4.5 billion to his ex-wife May 30, 2014

    A Swiss court has ordered a Russian billionaire to pay more than $4.5 billion to his ex-wife in what could become the biggest divorce settlement in history. In papers delivered Monday to both parties, the Geneva Tribunal of First Instance said Dmitry Rybolovlev, an owner of the French soccer club AS...
  • Rich Swiss couple robbed churches 'for thrills', says police May 28, 2014

    Geneva: Two wealthy Swiss seniors arrested for robbing from church collection boxes, told police that their crime spree was just for thrills, justice authorities said on Wednesday. In a statement, prosecutors in the central region of Lucerne said that the married couple, aged 70 and 73, had admitted stealing money on...
  • Dress for success? Geneva police don shorts to protest pay cuts May 24, 2014

    Geneva police are gearing up to protest planned pay cuts in an unconventional way: by leaving their uniforms at home and donning shorts. Starting Monday, beat cops in the Swiss city will go on patrol without their uniforms and civilian-clothed officers will show up for work wearing short pants, Swiss...
  • Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord April 21, 2014

    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 government,...
  • India abstains from voting against Sri Lanka at UNHRC March 27, 2014

    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 Affairs...
  • Geneva Auto Show 2014: Audi unveils TT Quattro Sport Concept March 9, 2014

    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. The...
  • Manmohan Singh heads for Myanmar summit on regional ties March 2, 2014

    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 February 27, 2014

    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 a...
  • Ethiopian co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva February 18, 2014

    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 the...
  • Ethiopian Airlines hijacker arrested: Swiss police February 17, 2014

    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 the airport remains...
  • Honda teases Civic Type-R concept before its Geneva debut February 16, 2014

    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...
  • Syria sides to meet but peace talks may not take off January 25, 2014

    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 Geneva...
  • Nuclear agreement with Iran a historic mistake, says Israel November 24, 2013

    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 more...
  • 'Pink Star' sold for world record price in Geneva November 14, 2013

    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 Matthew...
  • US lawmakers seek tighter Iran sanctions before any deal November 11, 2013

    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 and...
  • Tipu Sultan's sword auctioned in London October 10, 2013

    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 October 8, 2013

    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 cases...
  • Chemical weapons deal a victory, says Syrian official September 16, 2013

    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 to...
  • US and Russia at odds over Syria issue September 13, 2013

    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 at...
  • UN chief takes responsibility for failing to control Syrian war crimes September 12, 2013

    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 September 11, 2013

    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, the...
  • India slips to 60th rank on competitiveness, Switzerland on top September 4, 2013

    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 Wednesday...