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WRAPUP 14-'This is an emergency in China' says WHO, as virus death toll rises to 18

23 Jan 2020

GENEVA/BEIJING, Jan 23 The World Health Organisation (WHO) called a new coronavirus that has killed 18 people in China and infected around 650 globally "an emergency in China" on Thursday, but stopped short of declaring the epidemic of international concern.

CORRECTED-WRAPUP 12-WHO says 'bit too early' to declare coronavirus a global emergency

23 Jan 2020

GENEVA/BEIJING, Jan 23 The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday it was "a bit too early" to declare a new coronavirus a global health emergency as China put millions of people on lockdown amid an outbreak that has killed 18 people and infected more than 630.

North Korea abandons nuclear freeze pledge, blames 'brutal' U.S. sanctions

22 Jan 2020

(This January 21 story corrects name of EU speaker in 15th paragraph to Anne Kemppainen after she was misidentified by United Nations as Croatian ambassador Vesna Batistic Kos) | Video

Global FDI dips, hit by Hong Kong divestment, Brexit: U.N.

20 Jan 2020

GENEVA Global direct foreign investment (FDI) dipped slightly around the world last year, hit by massive divestment in Hong Kong and a drop in flows into Britain due to Brexit uncertainty, the United Nations said on Monday.

U.N. says around 350,0000 Syrians have fled Russian-led assault in Idlib

16 Jan 2020

AMMAN/GENEVA Around 350,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled a renewed Russian-backed offensive in the opposition-held Idlib province since early December, and have sought shelter in border areas near Turkey, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Global economy anaemic and incomes likely to suffer, UN says

16 Jan 2020

GENEVA People in a number of countries, mostly in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, will see their incomes stagnate or decline this year, the United Nations said on Thursday.

WHO says new China coronavirus could spread, warns hospitals worldwide

14 Jan 2020

GENEVA There may have been limited human-to-human transmission of a new coronavirus in China within families, and it is possible there could be a wider outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Trump set to return to Davos as Iran's Zarif cancels

14 Jan 2020

GENEVA U.S. President Donald Trump is set to attend the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos next week, but Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has canceled, organizers of the gathering of political and business leaders said.

Congo ethnic killings may amount to crimes against humanity - U.N.

10 Jan 2020

GENEVA Killings, rapes and other barbaric violence committed by an ethnic armed group in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo against a rival group may amount to crimes against humanity and possibly even genocide, the United Nations said on Friday. | Video

Swiss unions stick to hard line on wages in EU treaty talks

09 Jan 2020

BERN Switzerland's labour union federation insisted on Thursday that measures to protect Swiss wages from cross-border competition were a red line not to be crossed in Bern's stalled treaty talks with the European Union.

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