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UN agency: Innovation continued even as coronavirus emerged

Sep. 20, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s intellectual property agency said Monday that innovation marched forward last year despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Technology, pharmaceuticals and biotech industries boosted their investments, even as hard-hit sectors like transport and travel eased...

The Latest: American Samoa reports first case of coronavirus

Sep. 17, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA -- American Samoa reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday. The U.S. territory’s acting governor and health officials said the islands’ first case of COVID-19 was of a resident who returned to America Samoa from Hawaii this week. ...

While urging vaccination, WHO declines jab data on its staff

Sep. 17, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' health agency, which has repeatedly urged the world to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and other illnesses, on Friday declined to say how many of its own staffers have followed that advice. “We won’t have that because it’s...

After coronavirus pause, Davos to host world's elites again

Sep. 16, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers of the annual Davos conference will host the high-profile gathering of elites in the Swiss Alps in-person again in January. The World Economic Forum said Thursday that its next annual...

Poll shows Swiss voters on track to back same-sex marriage

Sep. 15, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A poll released Wednesday suggests Swiss voters are on track to vote yes in a “marriage for all” referendum, which supporters see as a key step for equal rights, but opponents fear could erode traditional family values. The latest poll for public...

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...

New stars, old problems for Man United in Champions League

Sep. 15, 2021 05:07 AM EDT

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — With Cristiano Ronaldo back at Manchester United, missing out on the Champions League knockout rounds for a third straight season is unthinkable. Yet the same kind of problems carried over from last season’s failed campaign to the one that...

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,...