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    Swiss voters narrowly back 'burqa ban'

    Agence France-Presse. Geneva | Updated at 10:43am on March 08, 2021

    Swiss voters on Sunday narrowly backed a ban on full face coverings in public places -- a decision hailed by supporters as a bulwark against...

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    WHO OKs AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID variants, over-65s

    Agence France-Presse. Geneva | Updated at 11:05am on February 11, 2021

    The AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine can be used for people aged over 65, and also where coronavirus variants of concern are circulating, WHO experts said Wednesday,...

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    WHO says British virus variant now in 50 countries

    Agence France-Presse. Geneva | Updated at 06:01pm on January 13, 2021

    The coronavirus mutation first found in Britain has now spread to 50 territories, according to the World Health Organisation, while a similar South African-identified strain...

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    Swiss parliament approves same-sex marriage

    Agence France-Presse. Geneva | Updated at 05:54pm on December 18, 2020

    Switzerland's parliament approved a bill Friday allowing same-sex couples to marry, finally bringing the small Alpine nation into line with much of Europe on gay...

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    Climate change biggest threat to natural World Heritage sites

    Agence France-Presse. Geneva | Updated at 07:51pm on December 02, 2020

    Climate change has become the biggest threat to UN-listed natural world heritage sites like glaciers and wetlands, and has pushed Australia's Great Barrier Reef into...

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    COVID-19 vaccine 'best science news' of 2020

    Agence France-Presse. Geneva | Updated at 07:58pm on November 12, 2020

    Data indicating that a vaccine being developed against COVID-19 is highly effective is the ‘best science news of the year’, a pharmaceutical industry association chief...

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    Rare Russian pink diamond sells for $27 million

    Agence France-Presse. Geneva | Updated at 10:28am on November 12, 2020

    A rare pink diamond derived from the biggest raw stone of the colour ever found in Russia was sold for $26.6 million on Wednesday at...

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    World may be tired, but virus 'not tired of us': WHO

    Agence France-Presse. Geneva | Updated at 07:22pm on November 09, 2020

    The World Health Organization's chief called Monday on everyone to keep fighting Covid-19, warning that while we may be sick of battling the pandemic, the...

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    $597m raised for Rohingya refugees at aid conference

    Agence France-Presse. Geneva | Updated at 09:52am on October 23, 2020

    International donors on Thursday stumped up an additional $597 million in humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees languishing in camps in Bangladesh after they fled ethnic...

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    Rape monstrous, but death penalty not the answer: UN rights chief

    Agence France-Presse. Geneva | Updated at 11:53am on October 16, 2020

    Sentencing rapists to death, as Bangladesh did Thursday, is not an appropriate punishment even for such a heinous crime, the UN rights chief said. ‘Tempting...