Afghanistan: COVID-19 at crisis point as hospitals overflowifrc17 June 2021 (LINK)

Apple Daily editors arrested under Hong Kong security lawapnews17 June 2021 (LINK)

Switzerland is at the top again: no country is as competitiveblick17 June 2021 (LINK)

This is the second time since 2017 that Switzerland has taken 1st place. "Social cohesion, a low level of public debt and a world-class infrastructure have catapulted Switzerland to 1st place."

Switzerland doesn't make it into the top 10 for the cleanest air in Europesda /msn17 June 2021 (LINK)

"Sweden's Umea and Tampere in Finland have the cleanest air in Europe, according to the EU Environment Agency (EEA). Zurich ranks 54th out of 323 in terms of fine dust pollution, Basel 95th.Lugano only made it into the midfield (161st place). [...] The bottom of the ranking[s] are in Poland and northern Italy." (No figures given for Geneva)

Nitrogen impoverishes Swiss butterfly diversitysda / msn17 June 2021 (LINK)

US-EU agree ceasefire in long-running trade war over aircraft subsidiestheguardian16 June 2021 (LINK)

Duflo offers pathways to a better future, lessons from COVID-19 crisisunctad16 June 2021 (LINK)

Coronavirus pandemic recovery efforts should provide comprehensive social protection, fight climate change and ensure vaccines reach the poorest people quickly.

Switzerland's leftwing gadfly Jean Ziegler, 87, on the Biden-Putin meetingbund / msn16 June 2021 (LINK)

"Political refugees from half the world demonstrated in Geneva against the two heads of state. The Swiss made sure that Biden and Putin did not get to see them."

U.S. judge orders resumption in federal drilling auctions in setback for Bidenreuters16 June 2021 (LINK)

Swiss Prix Caritas goes to climatologist Thomas Stockersource16 June 2021 (LINK to French text)

Garland overturns two Trump-era rules that made it hard for immigrants to win asylumnbcnews16 June 2021 (LINK)

UNECE Task Force will advance internationally comparable measurement of the circular economyunece16 June 2021 (LINK)

UN official accuses Eritrean forces of deliberately starving Tigrayreuters15 June 2021 (LINK)

COVID-19: Violence and neglect increases for older persons during lockdown, says UN expertohchr14 June 2021 (LINK)

"Disturbing practices were reported with care homes being given immunity from civil liability for COVID-19 related deaths and putting in place contractual clauses that waive the right to file a court case and make arbitration the only option for alleged abuse or mistreatment."

Switzerland: Solitary confinement of Brian K. violates Convention against Torture, UN expert saysohchr14 June 2021 (LINK)

Taiwan says will be 'force for good' after unprecedented G7 supportreuters14 June 2021 (LINK)

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner, jailed for leaking secrets about Russian hacking, released early from prisonnbcnews14 June 2021 (LINK)

At the time, the sentence was the longest ever for a federal crime involving leaks to the media. The former NSA translator was released for good behavior and is still in custody amid the "residential re-entry process".

Reactions to the defeat of the CO2 initiative in Switzerlandmsn /watson.ch (machine translation)14 June 2021 (LINK)

"It will now hardly be possible to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as planned."

Swiss pesticide and drinking water initiatives voted downswiss news agency / msn (machine translation)13 June 2021 (LINK)

"60.7% of the voters or just under 1,967,000 said no to the drinking water initiative, around 1,276,400 agreed. The pesticide initiative was rejected by 60.6% or around 1,965,000 voters, while 1,279,900 voted yes. The voter turnout was around 59%. Almost all cantons rejected the initiatives, most clearly Valais with 78% no to the drinking water initiative and 77% to the pesticide initiative."

Israeli coalition ousts Netanyahu as prime minister after 12 yearstheguardian13 June 2021 (LINK)