Peter Capella

WHO declares swine flu pandemic is over

The WHO on Tuesday announced the end of the swine flu pandemic, more than a year after the disease began spreading around the world.

Atom smasher opens ‘new era’ for science

Scientists at the world's biggest atom smasher near Geneva on Tuesday started colliding particles at record energy levels.

Switzerland faces backlash over minaret ban

Switzerland confronted an international backlash on Monday over a shock vote to ban new minarets.

Two-month ban for Maradona

Diego Maradona was banned from all football for two months by Fifa on Sunday over his sexually-explicit rant last month.

WHO warns over possibility of new health threats

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday warned that a new deadly infectious disease like Aids or Ebola is bound to appear in the 21st century, in a report urging more global solidarity. "It would be extremely naive and complacent to assume that there will not be another disease like Aids, another Ebola," the 2007 <i>World Health Report</i> said.

UN faces renewed test over Sudan

The United Nations Human Rights Council will open a three-week session on Monday with member states and top officials smarting from Sudan's rebuffing a mission to assess the situation in strife-torn Darfur. The fledgling and divided assembly, which replaced the largely discredited commission in 2006, is struggling to build up its monitoring rules by a mid-year deadline.

Which green fuel to choose?

A motorist's trip to the filling station is likely to be a complex business soon if the green marketing promises at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens on Thursday, are anything to go by. Petrol, diesel and its bio versions; ethanol, either pure or in differing blends with petrol; possibly liquid hydrogen; and an electric socket are all candidate fuel sources.

Global warming melting magic of Swiss Alps

Television images beamed around the globe from the World Economic Forum in late January showed Davos covered by a blanket of snow that also shrouded growing concern in this and other Swiss mountain resorts. The much-wanted powder came suddenly, in the space of a couple of days, ending an extremely mild first half of winter.

Tutu hits out at Israel over blocked mission

South African Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Monday sharply criticised Israel's failure to cooperate with a United Nations human rights fact-finding mission into the killing of 19 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Tutu confirmed that Israeli authorities had effectively thwarted the mission by failing to grant travel visas in time.

WHO: Africa’s hopes hinge on health care

Africa will never climb out of poverty unless devastating health challenges such as a ''silent epidemic'' of maternal and child death are tackled, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a report released on Monday. Some of the biggest health problems Africans face are worsening despite attempts to reverse them, the African Regional Health report said.

Dissent grows over Opec’s aim of unchanged output

Opec ministers headed into their Monday meeting in Vienna signalling that they would maintain the cartel's official output ceiling against the backdrop of falling oil prices. However, they were facing calls to react to the spectre of oversupply and a deeper decline in prices, including from within their own ranks.

Argentina see off gallant Elephants

Argentina took a huge step towards securing a berth in the second round of the World Cup finals by beating an unlucky Côte d'Ivoire 2-1, although the African Natons Cup finalists threatened the two-time winners at the end. The Ivorians, spearheaded by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, repeatedly and clearly troubled the South American defence.

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