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UN urges moratorium on use of AI that imperils human rights

Sep. 15, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief is calling for a moratorium on the use of artificial intelligence technology that poses a serious risk to human rights, including face-scanning systems that track people in public spaces. Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High...

Donors pledge $1.2 billion in emergency funds for Afghans

Sep. 13, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations drummed up more than $1.2 billion in emergency pledges Monday for helping 11 million Afghans facing an escalating humanitarian crisis in their homeland and millions more elsewhere in the region as the U.N. human rights chief voiced concerns about the...

The Latest: UN says $1.2B pledged to help Afghans in need

Sep. 13, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. humanitarian chief says $1.2 billion has been promised to help Afghans facing a growing humanitarian crisis in the country and millions in the region, calling the pledges “an important step” toward helping the needy. Undersecretary-General...

Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad found guilty of forgery

Sep. 10, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of Kuwait was found guilty on Friday of forgery linked to implicating his political rivals in Kuwait in a coup plot — a verdict that puts his long career in global sports politics at risk. Sheikh Ahmad,...

Olympic official Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait found guilty of forgery in Geneva court

Sep. 10, 2021 08:57 AM EDT
GENEVA (AP) — Olympic official Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait found guilty of forgery in Geneva court.

The Latest: UN chief to hold meeting on Afghanistan funding

Sep. 03, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations chief will convene a ministerial meeting in Geneva on Sept. 13 to seek a swift scale-up in funding to address the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, where nearly half the country’s 38 million people need assistance. U.N....

Documents show US investigation of 2 Kuwaitis in FIFA case

Sep. 02, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Two senior Olympic officials from Kuwait, one reputed to be the “kingmaker” of IOC elections and another who is president of swimming’s international governing body, have been targeted by the U.S. Department of Justice for suspected racketeering and bribery related to...

Countries take steps toward curbing plastic waste in oceans

Sep. 02, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — An intergovernmental conference has taken early steps toward drawing up an agreement to curb plastic pollution and marine litter around the world, which can choke off sea life, harm food safety and coastal tourism, and contribute to climate change. A draft...

Indian Swiss tycoon could owe $137 million in back taxes

Sep. 01, 2021 21:43 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s highest court has ruled that an Indian Swiss tycoon could owe the Geneva region more than 125 million francs (about $137 million) in back taxes amid allegations that he tried to pass himself off as a resident of Monaco and falsified the value of his fortune. ...

Olympic official quizzed for 5 hours in Geneva forgery trial

Aug. 31, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah was questioned in court for more than five hours Tuesday about his part in an alleged plot against political rivals in Kuwait. Sheikh Ahmad and four others are on trial in Geneva on charges of forgery as...