GENEVA - The systematic and brutal suppression of Tunisians by ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, his family and entourage "lay at the heart" of the recent uprising, the UN human rights agency said in a report released Thursday.

GENEVA - Gays and lesbians need more support to protect their rights, even if homosexuality raises cultural issues in some parts of the world, the UN chief said Tuesday.

GENEVA - A former top Swiss private banking executive turned WikiLeaks collaborator appeared in a Zurich court Wednesday on charges of violating Switzerland's secrecy laws.

GENEVA - Humanitarian aid agencies in West Africa have appealed for $87.5 million to help deal with the growing crisis in Ivory Coast and the region, said the United Nations Tuesday.

GENEVA - More than 100 journalists were killed in 2010 while covering the world's trouble spots, with Mexico and Pakistan the most deadly places, an independent media group reported Monday.
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