Geneva, Sep 27 : The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Friday strongly condemned the continued gross, systematic and widespread violations of human rights and all violations of international humanitarian law in Syria and urged the government to grant immediate access to the UN commission of inquiry.
The UNHRC demanded that the Syrian authorities cooperate fully with the commission of inquiry, including by granting it immediate, full and unfettered access throughout the country.
Martin Senn, the Chief Executive Officer of Switzerland's largest insurer, Zurich Insurance Group has assured investors and analysts that its accounts will remain intact and that the company is performing well.
The remarks came after Chairman Josef Ackermann stepped down following the chief financial officer's suicide. The company had announced on 26 August, 2013 that Pierre Wauthier was found dead at his home. The shares of the company had fallen about 2.2 billion Swiss francs in total market value.
Geneva, July 9 : Poor infrastructure facilities and lack of financing are getting in the way of expanded business and investment ties between India and Africa, said a report Tuesday.
A study, jointly by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) supported by Britain's Department for International Development, found a number of constraints to bilateral trade. Access to Indian buyers and trade finance emerges as major concerns for African traders.
Zurich, May 14 : Grenada has emerged as the most improved team in the latest FIFA rankings.
The Spice Boyz, crowned Windward Islands' football champions last month, climbed 20 spots to 121 in the global rankings and 16 in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football (CONCACAF).
The movement is owed in part to the two victories in the Windward Islands Football Association (WIFA) Tournament in St Vincent.
Grenada defeated the host 1-0 and St Lucia 2-1 to win the three-team tournament following the withdrawal of Dominica after the tragic death of the coach and a player a few days before the kick-off.
Zurich, April 18 : A new focus on exports - now 30 percent of Spain's GDP - as opposed to construction is crucial to the turnaround underway in the country's economic cycle, the executive director of Spain's Business Council for Competitiveness, or CEC, said Wednesday in Switzerland.
"There's been a change in how the Spanish economy works because now it's based on exports and not on construction. This change provides a sufficient basis for expecting gross domestic product growth in the coming year," Fernando Casado told EFE.
Geneva, April 6 : Football's world governing body FIFA said no match-fixing was found in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, with more than 500 matches played so far.
FIFA security director Ralf Mutschke said up to now "we don't have any leads that any match has been thrown" and they are "confident that nothing will happen through the qualification", reports Xinhua.
The full program of about 820 preliminary matches ends in November.
Swiss drug maker, Novartis faced a defeat in a patent issue as India's apex court dismissed its patent bid for a blockbuster cancer drug.
The company condemned the decision by the Supreme Court of India to dismiss its patent application. The decision by the Supreme Court came after legal battle for seven years by the company to gain a patent protection for an updated version of leukemia drug Glivec in the country.
The substantial security threats which millions of poorly configured Internet Domain Name System (DNS) servers pose for organisations came into limelight this week, following massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Spamhaus, the volunteer organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The attacks on Spamhaus started on March 19; and were probably launched by a group which opposes the antispam work carried out by the organisation. According to a number of security companies, the attacks on Spamhaus were by the biggest ever publicly disclosed DDoS attacks thus far.
Geneva, March 27 - A 73-year-old man from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has died in Germany from infection of a novel disease coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
WHO said in its latest disease outbreak update that the man was transferred from a hospital in Abu Dhabi to Munich March 19. Germany's Robert Koch Institute informed WHO of the new confirmed case.
WHO also said that the British patient in the family cluster reported on Feb 11 with travel history to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia prior to his illness has died.
Zurich, March 20 : World football governing body FIFA has announced that the draw for the 2014 World Cup finals will be made Dec 6 in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil.
"It was confirmed at the meeting that the draw for the 2014 World Cup finals would take place at Costa do Sauipe, in Bahia State, at 1300 local time (1600GMT) December 6 2013," FIFA said in a statement.
FIFA president Sep Blatter said he was confident that Brazil would be ready in time to host the big event.(IANS)
Basel, March 16 - Two-time defending champion Saina Nehwal booked her berth in the women's singles semifinals of the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold here at St. Jakobshalle Friday.
The top seed made short work of her Chinese Taipei opponent Tzu Ying Tai in straight games in the quarterfinal of the tier three tournament.
Saina beat the sixth seed 21-11, 21-12 in half an hour.
With this match, the World No. 2 extended her lead over Tzu to 5-2 in career meetings.
Basel, March 15 - Defending champion Saina Nehwal remained the lone bright spot for India as all her compatriots took the exit route, in the pre-quarterfinal stage, from the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Thursday.
Parupalli Kashyap, H. S. Prannoy and P. V. Sindhu lost their respective matches here at St. Jakobshalle in the tier three tournament.
Geneva, March 14 : Physicists found that the new particle discovered in July 2012 is "looking more and more like a Higgs boson" after analysing more data, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said Thursday.
"It remains an open question, however, whether this is the Higgs boson of the Standard Model of particle physics, or possibly the lightest of several bosons predicted in some theories that go beyond the Standard Model. Finding the answer to this question will take time," CERN said in a statement.
Basel, March 14 - It was a good day in office for Indian shuttlers here Wednesday as all participants progressed to the next round in their respective categories at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold.
Leading the Indian challenge was top seed Saina Nehwal, who overcame a stiff challenge from French Sashina Vignes Waran in her first round women's singles tie in the tier three tournament.
The World No. 3 won 13-21, 21-15, 21-12 in 47 minutes at St. Jakobshalle to take a 2-0 lead in career meetings over the World No. 40 French girl.
Basel, March 14 - Indian shuttlers H. S. Prannoy and P. V. Sindhu caused upsets in their respective matches to advance to the next round of the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold here Wednesday.
Sindhu's women's singles match lasted only two minutes as her South Korean opponent Ji Hyun Sung, seeded third, retired when the score was 7-2 in favour of the Indian. With this, Sindhu now has a 2-0 head-to-head against the World No. 5.
The 17-year-old Pullela Gopichand protege will next play Japanese qualifier Yui Hashimoto in their first ever encounter in the second round.
Basel, March 13 - World No. 9 Parupalli Kashyap was the lone bright spot as all other Indian shuttlers lost their respective matches Tuesday here at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold.
In men's singles action at St. Jakobshalle, only fifth seed Kashyap managed to advance to the second round while Sourabh Varma and K. Srikanth ended their campaign in the first round of the tier three tournament.
Geneva, March 9 : The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) announced that the men's World League will get underway May 31 at the Helsinki Ice Hall in Finland as the hosts take on Egypt in Pool C.
On the opening weekend, Canada will host the Netherlands twice at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec and South Korea and Japan will face each other in a venue which is to be decided, reports Xinhua.
Auto maker, Chevrolet is planning to launch an upgraded version of its Captiva at the upcoming 2013 Geneva Auto Show with a host of impressive enhancements.
The company said that the new model's front fascia will come with a new grille mesh, a lower bumper and redesigned fog lamps. The company is also offering new 18-inch alloy wheels for the upgraded version of the car. The rear of the car will now feature new LED lamps, a remodelled bumper and chrome exhaust tips.
Geneva, Feb 20 : Human Rights Watch Wednesday urged the UN Human Rights Council to launch "an independent, international investigation into war crimes" committed in the final months of the Sri Lankan conflict.
It said that since the Council adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka in March 2012, Colombo "has taken no significant steps to provide justice for victims of abuse and accountability for those responsible".
Geneva, Feb 15 : Swiss food giant Nestle has announced a net profit of 10.6 billion Swiss francs (about $11.5 billion) for 2012, an increase of 11.6 percent from the previous year.
The company Thursday reported a total sales volume of 92.2 billion Swiss francs ($100 billion), with an organic growth of 5.9 percent, down 1.6 percentage points from that of 2011, reported Xinhua.
Growth in the Asia, Oceania and Africa region was 8.4 percent, down from the 12 percent in 2011. However, it was still a strong growth compared with the 5.2 percent in the Americas and 1.8 percent in Europe.