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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Geneva

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# The Rock
The Rock: Golf ball-sized diamond sells for $18.8 million in Geneva — but fails to break record
The 228.31-carat stone was expected to reach $30 million or more.
# Russia US talks
No progress after Russia-US talks over Ukraine tensions
Neither side characterised the meeting as a complete failure.
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# Seán Lester
New diaries reveal how a top Irish diplomat helped James Joyce's family flee Nazi-occupied France
Seán Lester was the last Secretary General of the League of Nations and tried to help Joyce as he fled the Nazis.
# Geneva
If Ireland joins Cern, it will result in 'millions being put into Irish economy’, committee told
It would cost around €1.3 million for Ireland to join as an associate member of Cern.
# Have your say
Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Switzerland?
Mick McCarthy has some big calls to make after Saturday’s frustrating stalemate against Georgia.
# Euro 2020
Shaqiri ends international exile but Liverpool man will miss Ireland qualifier
The Swiss FA say the 27-year-old is ready to make himself available once again. The upcoming double-header will come too soon, however.
# Good to go
Ireland set to play Switzerland in Geneva
The Swiss are top seeds in Euro 2020 Group D and will face the Boys in Green on 15 October.
# TD Expenses
TDs claim €1,000 in subsistence payments for five-day Swiss trip
These expenses do not not cover the cost of travel, hotel, taxis, telephone or car parking.
# pink legacy
'Incomparable' pink diamond aiming to sell for €44m could smash record at Geneva auction
The rectangular-cut diamond has been graded “fancy vivid” – the highest possible grade of colour intensity.
# Explainer
Everything you need to know about Ireland's Uefa Nations League draw
The Boys in Green will discover their group for the newly-formed tournament on Wednesday morning.
# under scrutiny
'Despite our best efforts, 1 in 12 children still live in poverty'
Homeless children, suicide rates and Direct Provision should all be discussed in Geneva today.
# Vaulter Bandit
The most wanted bank robber in Canada has been caught in Switzerland
He was taken into custody in Geneva on foot of an international arrest warrant.
# under the spotlight
Ireland at the UN: We have 'no solution' for women who can't afford to travel for an abortion
Ireland faced a second day of questioning at UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva.
# Human Rights
UN told symphysiotomy patients were 'operated upon wide awake and often screaming'
The Justice Minister defended the State redress scheme for survivors of symphysiotomy at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva today.
# United Nations
Austerity has 'weakened' the human rights of Ireland's most vulnerable
The State is appearing before a United Nations committee to hear concerns over human rights in Ireland.
# Geneva
Case Study: One woman who can't live in Geneva on her €2,790 monthly pay packet
Some people travel across the French border to do their weekly shop.
# expensive
Swiss to decide if their minimum wage should be €18
Before you read on, bear in mind that Geneva tops the world’s Club Sandwich Index.
# ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES
Hijacker of Rome-bound plane “was co-pilot” — Geneva police
The man “said he felt threatened in his country” and wanted to seek asylum in Switzerland.
# no peace
Almost 2,000 people have died since the start of the Syria talks — NGO
The alarming estimate comes as a government and opposition negotiators wrap up talks in Switzerland today.
# press pit
Journalists from rival Syrian sides come close to blows in Geneva
UN security guards have had to step in on occasion as reporters fling slurs and abuse across press room.
# Peace Talks
Dictatorship to democracy: Syrian opposition wants Assad to leave power
Opposition forces wants a transitional government to be formed, but Assad’s regime says his role in not up for debate.
# Conflict
Despite walk-out threats, Syria foes set to meet face-to-face
The delegations were due to meet yesterday, brought together by the United Nations.
# Let's talk
Both sides in the same room for Syrian peace talks in Geneva today
Yesterday UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi shuttled between two rooms as each delegation were set apart.
# Syria
War crimes report accuses Syria of torture and 11,000 executions
The report by three former war crimes prosecutors, based on thousands of photos smuggled out of the country, accuses Syria of large-scale killing and torture. (Note: graphic content).
# geneva II
Iran "must support transition" in order to attend Syria talks
The main Syrian opposition has warned it will not attend this week’s talks if Iranian government representatives show up.
# geneva II
Fractured Syrian opposition agrees to join peace talks
The brutal conflict has killed 130,000 people and made millions homeless since 2011. Talks are set to get under way next Wednesday.
# Catholic Church
Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuse
Statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009.
# Vatican
Vatican questioned by UN watchdog on child abuse record
The hearing came as Pope Francis said all Catholics should feel “shame”, in an apparent reference to sexual abuse.
# Sanctions
Israel blasts Iran nuclear deal as a 'historic mistake'
It follows the easing economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for steps to curb its nuclear programme.
# geneva talks
Iran hits back at US over nuclear talks failure
US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that Iran had baulked at a proposed deal just as world powers were set to sign up to it.
# nukes
Negotiators arrive at UN for crucial talks on Iran's nuclear plan
Israel and the West say Iran’s nuclear programme is aimed at developing an atomic bomb, but Tehran says it is for peaceful purposes only.
# Syria
G8 calls for urgent peace talks and a transitional government in Syria
The G8 nations pledged almost €1.1 billion in humanitarian aid for refugees inside and outside Syria.
# Belgium
31 arrested as investigation into $50 million diamond heist continues
A Frenchman who is believed to have been one of the actual robbers was arrested in France, while some of the diamonds have been found in Switzerland.
CERN scientists: Yep, we're fairly sure we've found the Higgs boson
“The preliminary results… are magnificent,” one CERN physicist said.
# mercury
Nations sign treaty aimed at reducing mercury emissions
Around 140 countries decided on the deal after all-night talks in Geneva.
# whopper diamond
Rare diamond fetches €16.9m at Geneva auction
The Archduke Joseph Diamond with 76.02 carats fetched €221,619 per carat.
# Switzerland
Swiss vote against smoking ban
Bars and restaurants will still be allowed to have separate rooms for smokers where they can be served.
# Syria
UN human rights chief warns of full civil war in Syria
This is the fifth time the UN Human Rights Council has called an urgent meeting regarding Syria
# Peckish?
Considering a holiday? Use the Club Sandwich Index to pick a destination
Dublin is the seventh cheapest of all the cities surveyed by Hotels.com with an average club sandwich price of €12.
# Syria
Satellites said to show Syria 'not abiding by truce'
Satellite imagery and other credible reports show that, despite its claims, Syria has failed to withdraw all of its heavy weapons from populated areas.