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WHO chief: Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics

Nov. 29, 2021 06:06 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Monday is pushing for an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics amid the emergence of a worrying new omicron COVID-19 variant. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said many...

Swiss vote to approve COVID restrictions as infections rise

Nov. 28, 2021 12:18 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday gave clear backing to legislation that introduced a system with special COVID-19 certificates under which only people who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative can attend public events and gatherings. Final results...

A glance at how the ski season is opening in Europe's Alps

Nov. 27, 2021 09:43 AM EST

Italy is reopening its slopes to recreational skiers after one season lost and another abbreviated by the pandemic. Here is a glance at how the season is proceeding in Europe’s Alpine nations. ITALY Italy is reopening for the 2021-2022 season ...

WTO delays key meeting amid COVID variant concerns

Nov. 26, 2021 19:35 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization is postponing its conference of government ministers set to open Tuesday after Switzerland initiated new travel restrictions following the emergence of a worrying new coronavirus variant, officials said. The MC12 conference at...

Cases soar but Swiss eschew lockdown as COVID law vote looms

Nov. 26, 2021 03:23 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Like many others in Europe, Switzerland is facing a steep rise in coronavirus cases. But its federal government, unlike others, hasn’t responded with new restrictive measures. Analysts say it doesn't want to stir up more opposition to its anti-COVID-19 policies, which face a...

Ski star Feuz laments lack of ski buzz in Olympic host China

Nov. 25, 2021 10:35 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Two-time Olympic medalist Beat Feuz is not thrilled about heading to Beijing for another Winter Games in a host nation with little ski tradition. The expected favorite in men’s downhill on Feb. 6 said in comments reported on Thursday by Swiss media that...

WHO Europe warns of possible surge in COVID deaths ahead

Nov. 23, 2021 07:18 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's Europe office says projections show its 53-country region could face another 700,000 deaths in the coronavirus pandemic by next spring, topping 2 million in total. WHO Europe, which is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, also...

IOC says Peng Shuai has told Olympic officials she is safe

Nov. 21, 2021 12:28 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has taken part in a 30-minute video call from Beijing with IOC officials and told them she was safe and well, the Olympic body said on Sunday. The call came amid growing global alarm over Peng. Her appearance...

Protests erupt over virus rules in Austria, Italy, Croatia

Nov. 20, 2021 14:27 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters, many from far-right groups, marched through Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown beginning Monday to contain skyrocketing coronavirus infections. Demonstrations against virus...

Swiss banks faulted over money laundering tied to Venezuela

Nov. 18, 2021 12:20 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's financial markets watchdog on Thursday said it has reprimanded and set restrictions on two Swiss banks for violating their obligation to fight money laundering in connection with clients in Venezuela, notably with links to state-run oil giant PDVSA. ...