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US candidate to lead UN telecoms agency after US-Russia race

Sep. 29, 2022 05:30 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States was elected Thursday to head the U.N.’s telecommunications agency, winning a U.S.-Russia face-off for the leadership of a key global agency that sets guideposts for radio, internet and television communications — ending a...

World Cup Watch: European giants showing flaws before Qatar

Sep. 28, 2022 07:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — All roads now lead to Qatar. With the conclusion of the group stage of the Nations League, Europe's top soccer countries have played their final competitive games ahead of the World Cup. Here's how things are shaping up for a continent that has provided...

Study: Heat wave led to unprecedented melt of Swiss glaciers

Sep. 28, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's glaciers are melting like never before, an academic study released Wednesday found, with their ice volume declining by 6% this year amid rising concerns about global warming and a summer heat wave that swept across Europe. The Swiss Academy of Sciences...

US, allies push for UN rights body debate on Xinjiang abuses

Sep. 26, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United States and several Western allies presented a proposal Monday for the U.N.'s main human rights body to hold a special debate over reported rights abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's western Xinjiang region. The U.S. and Britain,...

Venezuela rejects UN report detailing torture, rights abuses

Sep. 26, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Venezuela's government on Monday rejected a report by independent experts working with the United Nations’ top human rights body who alleged President Nicolas Maduro had personally ordered the detention of government opponents, who endured electric shocks, asphyxiation and other...

`Otello,' Rossini's not Verdi's, staged in Philadelphia

Sep. 26, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rossini’s “Otello” premiered in 1816, and the musical adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play was a hit for seven decades. Then Verdi’s version debuted in 1887 and was acclaimed as a pinnacle of the art form, causing Rossini’s version to recede into a rarity. ...

Swiss voters OK plan to raise retirement age for women to 65

Sep. 25, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday narrowly backed a proposal to raise the retirement age for women from 64 to 65, public broadcaster SRF reported. A separate proposal to impose stricter animal welfare rules for livestock was heading for a big defeat, SRF also reported. ...

Swiss mull animal welfare, women's pensions in weekend votes

Sep. 24, 2022 08:43 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland is considering whether to improve the living conditions of its livestock and whether women should work a year longer before becoming eligible for full benefits under the state pension scheme. Swiss voters cast ballots on Sunday in one of their country's...

UN rights experts present evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A team of experts commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body to look into rights violations in Ukraine said Friday its initial investigation turned up evidence of war crimes in the country following Russia’s invasion nearly seven months ago. The experts from...

Central banks worldwide tighten policies to cool inflation

Sep. 22, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

The U.S. Federal Reserve has been the most aggressive in using interest rate hikes to cool inflation that is battering both households and businesses this year. This week, central banks from Asia to England followed suit to varying degrees and using different economic tools to tame rising prices...