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Coronavirus is not global emergency: WHO committee

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) does not constitute a "public health emergency of international concern", the emergency committee of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, while offering technical advice on travel and other issues. Full story

WHO sets up emergency committee on MERS virus

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization is forming an emergency committee of international experts to prepare for a possible worsening of the Middle East coronavirus, which has killed 40 people, WHO flu expert Keiji Fukuda said on Friday. Full story

U.N. rights team will visit Asia for North Korea inquiry

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators will go to South Korea and Japan next month to interview North Korean exiles about alleged crimes against humanity in the secretive state. Full story

Colombia peace possible by year's end, President says

GENEVA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday an agreement with the Marxist FARC rebels to end their 50-year-old insurgency could be reached by the end of this year if there were "sufficient political will". Full story

Swiss to press U.S. further on Snowden's time in Geneva

GENEVA (Reuters) - Switzerland wants to hold further talks with Washington on fugitive Edward Snowden's activities as a CIA operative in Geneva after receiving only a "diplomatic" reply to its initial questions, the Swiss foreign minister said on Thursday. Full story

U.S.-Russia Syria talks end without agreement

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N.-brokered talks on Tuesday aimed at setting up a conference to end the war in Syria ended with U.S. and Russian officials failing to agree on many questions, including the dates and participants, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said. Full story

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