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From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...

UN: Migrant deaths in Americas top 500 so far this year

Aug. 16, 2019 6:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — More than 500 migrants have lost their lives in the Americas so far this year, about a 33% increase from a year ago, the U.N. migration agency said Friday. International Organization for Migration spokesman Joel Millman said that "turmoil" in Venezuela may account for "much of 2019's fatality...

Lawyer for Israeli diamond magnate denies corruption claims

Aug. 14, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A lawyer for an Israeli diamond magnate facing charges in Switzerland of corruption and forging documents said Wednesday his client didn't send "a single dollar" to "anybody" in Guinea linked to the West African country's late former President Lansana Conte, rejecting allegations by a Geneva...

Pure as snow? Scientists say air carrying plastics to Arctic

Aug. 14, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they've found an abundance of tiny plastic particles in Arctic snow, indicating that so-called microplastics are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried long distances to some of the remotest corners of the planet. The researchers examined snow collected from sites in the...

Red Cross chief: Geneva Conventions are not being respected

Aug. 13, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross warned Tuesday that 70 years after countries adopted the Geneva Conventions to limit the barbarity of war, the terrible suffering in conflicts today shows they are not being respected. Peter Maurer told a U.N. Security Council...

Latest: Hong Kong police: 5 arrested after airport protests

Aug. 13, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 5:20 a.m. Hong Kong police say they have arrested five people for unlawful assembly, assaulting police officers and possessing weapons after a second day of mass protests at the city's airport. Officials said in a statement that some...

Israeli tycoon ordered to trial over alleged Guinea bribes

Aug. 12, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss prosecutors say an Israeli billionaire has been ordered to stand trial on corruption and bribery charges allegedly involving a widow of Guinea's former president. Prosecutors in Geneva allege that diamond-mining magnate Beny Steinmetz and two other defendants paid $10 million in bribes...

The Latest: Balkans sizzle under summer sun, warning issued

Aug. 12, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on weather in Europe (all times local): 4:25 p.m. The Balkans are sizzling under scorching heat, with authorities warning people to stay indoors. In Bosnia and Croatia on Monday, temperatures soared to over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), the highest so far in the...

Hope fades for man, girl missing in Switzerland flash flood

Aug. 12, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Authorities in Switzerland are searching for a man and a girl missing since Sunday after their car was swept away by a flash flood caused by heavy rain in the Swiss Alps. Police in the southern canton (state) of Valais said Monday they have little hope of finding the 37-year-old man and the...

German held over fake bombs in bag at Swiss techno parade

Aug. 12, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss police say they have detained a German man in connection with a backpack filled with fake pipe bombs found near the route of a large techno music parade in Zurich on Saturday. Zurich cantonal (state) police said Monday that the 31-year-old suspect, who lives in Switzerland, was the...