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Whats On At The UN? - Syria & Yemen talks and WHO fitness report

Whats On At The UN? - Syria & Yemen talks and WHO fitness report

UN Roundup

Daniel Johnson gives us a round up on the Yemen talks due to start this week, the Syria talks starting next week, including Steffan de Mistura's words of warning about any attack on I...

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McKay Interview: Dame Stephanie Shirley. Philanthropist, IT pioneer and business leader

McKay Interview: Dame Stephanie Shirley. Philanthropist, IT pioneer and business leader

The McKay Interview

On this week's McKay Interview, Michael talks to Dame Stephanie 'Steve' Shirley who set up a software company in 1959, she's a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fello...

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What's on at the UN? Radhika Coomaraswamy on genocide reports from Myanmar

What's on at the UN? Radhika Coomaraswamy on genocide reports from Myanmar

Mid Morning Mix

Image: Radhika Coomraswamy, Member of the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar, briefs the press on the Humanitarian Situation in Myanmar, Geneva. 27 August 2018. Photo b...

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Swiss Up! - Lenin: father of the Russian Revolution

Swiss Up! - Lenin: father of the Russian Revolution

Swiss Up!

On this episode of Swiss Up! Dario talks about Lenin, the Russian exile living in Switzerland. Find out about Lenin's political ideas, what he got up to during his time in Switzerland and how h...

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Swiss Up! - Assisted Suicide

Swiss Up! - Assisted Suicide

Swiss Up!

Today Dario discusses legally assisted suicide in Switzerland and how it's different to taking one's own life. How much does it cost, what does it exist for, and what is Switzerland doing t...

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UN Roundup - Reflections on Kofi Annan and the plight of the Rohingya children

UN Roundup - Reflections on Kofi Annan and the plight of the Rohingya children

UN Roundup

On this week's UN roundup, Daniel looks at the legacy of Kofi Annan. A new report by Unicef on the Rohingya children and a talk next week on how international humanitarian law is struggling to ...

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Swiss Up! - Terrorism in the 1970s in Switzerland

Swiss Up! - Terrorism in the 1970s in Switzerland

Swiss Up!

In 1970 Switzerland was hit by a series of terrorist attacks. One plane exploded, another one attacked and a third one hijacked and taken to the Jordanian desert. What happened and exactly what sec...

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Swiss Up! - Why did it take Switzerland so long to become a UN member?

Swiss Up! - Why did it take Switzerland so long to become a UN member?

Swiss Up!

Switzerland was one of the very last countries to join the UN yet it is the host of the UN's second largest seat. How is that so? Figure it out in today's episode of Swiss Up! with Dario

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Swiss Up! Why we pay more for 'Swiss Made'

Swiss Up! Why we pay more for 'Swiss Made'

Swiss Up!

Studies have shown that people around the world are willing to pay up to 50% more if a product is Swiss made. Why is that so? How much Switzerland is in your Swiss watch and what do refugees hav...

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Swiss Up! The correlation between the Nobel prize & chocolate

Swiss Up! The correlation between the Nobel prize & chocolate

Swiss Up!

When was the most recent Nobel prize awarded to a Swiss person and what for? Figure it all out in today's episode of Swiss Up! with Dario

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Swiss Up! - Verdingkinder; child labour in Switzerland

Swiss Up! - Verdingkinder; child labour in Switzerland

Swiss Up!

Discover Switzerland's dark history of child labourers and the efforts that are being undertaken to repair the harm that was done - in today's episode of Swiss Up! with Dario.

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Swiss Up!  - The Swiss surveillance state

Swiss Up! - The Swiss surveillance state

Swiss Up!

In 1989 it was uncovered that the Swiss citizens were living under a secret surveillance apparatus that no one knew about! How many people were observed? And for what reasons? Figure it all out ...

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Swiss Up! - Charlie Chaplin

Swiss Up! - Charlie Chaplin

Swiss Up!

Charlie Chaplin spent the last 25 years of his life on the Swiss Riviera close to Vevey. What brought him to Switzerland? Why did he stay? And what does a certain Mr Meyer have to do with it? ...

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What's on at the UN? Democratic Republic of Congo is Ebola free

What's on at the UN? Democratic Republic of Congo is Ebola free

UN Roundup

United Nations Correspondent Daniel Johnson gives us a recap of last week's International Nelson Mandela Day celebrations in Geneva on the centenary of Mandela's birth. Also, great news ...

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What's on at the UN? - Nelson Mandela International Day

What's on at the UN? - Nelson Mandela International Day

Mid Morning Mix

Nelson Mandela Day this year falls on Mandela's 100th birthday and is being celebrated over lunchtime at the UN, Geneva. Katt interviews Daniel Johnson about the events happening today and the ...

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Swiss Up! -  The Pizza Connection Mafia Trial

Swiss Up! - The Pizza Connection Mafia Trial

Swiss Up!

Money has long been laundered through Swiss banks under the cover of the Swiss banking secret. One spectacular case was uncovered in the early 80s and involved the Italian Mafia, a Turkish arms dea...

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Swiss Up! - WWII bombings in Schaffhausen

Swiss Up! - WWII bombings in Schaffhausen

Swiss Up!

During World War II Switzerland was a neutral country. This protected it from most harm but not all of it: Many times it fell victim to bombings by the allied forces, most famously in Sch...

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Swiss Up! - Canton Uri - Birthplace of Switzerland

Swiss Up! - Canton Uri - Birthplace of Switzerland

Swiss Up!

Uri is a canton at the heart of Switzerland. Geographically as the link between the north of the alps and the south and historically as one of the first cantons of the early Swiss confederation. Bu...

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Whats on at the UN? A giant teepee & a colouring competition

Whats on at the UN? A giant teepee & a colouring competition

UN Roundup

This week Daniel Johnson from the UN takes us through some of the resolutions passed on the last Human Rights Council, which ended on Friday. Also, keep the kids busy with a colouring competitio...

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Swiss Up! - Carla del Ponte, the fearless prosecutor

Swiss Up! - Carla del Ponte, the fearless prosecutor

Swiss Up!

Carla del Ponte is one of the most famous Swiss people - if you are a war criminal. In her career as a prosecutor in Switzerland and internationally she fearlessly took on the powerful; the Ital...

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Swiss Up! - A nation of renters not buyers

Swiss Up! - A nation of renters not buyers

Swiss Up!

Less then half of people in Switzerland own their home. Most people are renters. There is no other European country with such a low rate of home owners. Why is this so? And why do most people...

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Swiss Up! - The yodelling Swiss Amish

Swiss Up! - The yodelling Swiss Amish

Swiss Up!

The Amish are a very particular religious community in the United States. They refuse the use modern technology and dress very traditionally. Interestingly a large minority of them have Swiss origi...

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What's on at the UN? Child soldiers in the Kamuina Nsapu militia

What's on at the UN? Child soldiers in the Kamuina Nsapu militia

UN Roundup

Image: UN peacekeepers patrolling Tshimbulu, Kasaï-Central on 20 February 2017 to promote dialogue in the region. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KamwinaNsapurebellion]

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Swiss Up! - Military service

Swiss Up! - Military service

Swiss Up!

Switzerland still has general conscription. In principle all young men have to do military service. How long does it take, what are the alternatives and are dual citizens also drafted?  ...

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