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WTO talks on duty-free trade in IT goods collapse


Participants are expected to reconvene in 2015 to see if they can overcome the blockage

Community service for ISIS-returned rebel

Switzerland has ordered a returned recruit of the ISIS group to do 600 hours of community service and will not send him to prison, in the country’s first sentencing of a foreign jihadist fighter.

Women still underpaid than men: ILO

Women in work in large parts of the world are better educated, more experienced and more productive than their male counterparts on average, but are still paid less, the Internat-ional Labor Organizat

WHO warns of rise in Ebola related deaths

Ebola-related deaths in west Africa will be higher than the number of people directly infected because of its disruption to already weak healthcare services, the World Health Organisation warned on Tu

Napoleon’s DNA to be put in Swiss watches


Napoleon’s admirers will be able to carry his DNA on their wrists after a Swiss company announced on Wednesday its plans to sell watches containing a fragment of the emperor’s hair.

Swiss vote to curb immigration ‘to save environment’

The Swiss will once again head to the polls this weekend to decide whether to dramatically slash immigration numbers, this time in the name of saving the environment in a proposal opponents have label

Russia and Qatar will host World Cups

Russia and Qatar were cleared on Thursday by a Fifa judge of corruption in their winning bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

‘Holy Grail’ of watches sells for record $21.3 million


A Patek Philippe gold watch billed as the most expensive and most complicated in the world fetched a record $21.3 million on Wednesday when it went under the hammer in Switzerland.

UN: 13.6 million displaced by war in Iraq, Syria

About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, many without food or shelter as winter starts, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said o

Vanessa-Mae banned for 4 years over fixed races


Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae was banned from competitive skiing for four years on Tuesday for taking part in races that were fixed to allow her to qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

There was a news report not so long ago that ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics), an international organisation and part of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on Inte

Good governance seems to be all about seeking coherence through confusion.