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40,000 famine-hit Somalis flee to Mogadishu: UNHCR


Some 40,000 famine-hit people have fled to the Somali capital Mogadishu over the past month in search of food and water, the UN refugees agency said on Tuesday.

"Over the past month, UNHCR figures sh

Indians may have much more than $2.5 bn in Swiss banks, and it's being moved around

It's official now - Indians hold about USD 2.5 billion (over Rs 11,000 crore) in Swiss banks, but this figure of Switzerland's central bank may be a gross understatement of the total wealth directly a

WHO urges halt to blood tests for TB

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Wednesday that millions of blood tests conducted every year to diagnose tuberculosis are unreliable and putting patients’ lives in danger.

Somali refugee death rate at 15 times above norm: UNHCR


The death rate among drought-stricken Somalis arriving at refugee camps has reached several times above levels seen in emergency situations, the UN refugees agency said Tuesday.

"The situation in Dol

Swiss Pilatus set to supply 75 trainer jets to IAF


Switzerland's aviation giant Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is set to enter into the biggest contract yet for supplying 75 basic trainer aircraft at a cost of about $1 billion to the Indian Air Force (IAF), a m

'Eye' on Kashmir amid reports of sexual violence: UN official


A top UN official on Friday said she is ‘keeping an eye’ on Kashmir where some individual cases of sexual violence have been reported.

"We have some sort of spread reports more from individuals than

UN expert asks US to disclose Bin Laden raid facts

The UN's independent investigator on extrajudicial killings has called on the United States to reveal more details of the raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan hideaway to allow experts to assess the legality of his killing.

Key WTO panel endorses Vanuatu membership

A key World Trade Organisation panel on Monday endorsed Vanuatu's membership bid, paving the way for the Pacific island state's accession to the global free trade system, officials said.

India secures several exemptions on endosulfan ban: official


Amid demands for a total ban on endosulfan at home, India and a few developing nations on Friday managed to secure several exemptions, including a phase out period of 11 years to implement the ban on

Indian man drowns in Swiss lake


A 36-year-old Indian man drowned Tuesday in Switzerland's Lake Brienz, police said.

The man had swum about 20 metres away from the shore in the central Swiss village of Oberried when he suddenly disa

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