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Toilet Clogs in Geneva Had Unlikely Source

$120K in 500-euro bills found in 4 toilets in May

(Newser) - Some $120,000 has gone down the drain in Switzerland—literally. Prosecutors say 500-euro bank notes were found stuffed in a toilet serving a vault containing safe deposit boxes at Geneva's USB bank back in May, per Bloomberg . A few days later, per Reuters , 500-euro notes, which "had... More »

'Cafe Fellatio' May Be Coming Soon to Geneva

If plans are approved, men will be able to order coffee and oral sex at the bar

(Newser) - The menu for a cafe planned in Geneva would be for adult eyes only if a Swiss firm gets its business plans approved. Bradley Charvet, who hails from a local escort agency and who came up with the idea for the so-called "cafe fellatio" (working title only, we assume),... More »

Swiss Arrest 2 Syrians on Terror Charges

They're accused of transporting explosives and having jihadist ties

(Newser) - Two people from Syria were arrested on terror charges Friday in Geneva and traces of explosives were found in their vehicle, AFP reports. The arrests come after Swiss authorities received a tip from US intelligence that indicated an ISIS cell was active in Geneva, according to the BBC . ABC News... More »

CERN Wants New Collider, 62 Miles Long

Contraption could be 4 times size of Large Hadron Collider

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider has only been in "full swing" for three years, notes a leading CERN physicist—but since planning for it began in 1983, it's already time to start thinking about what's next. In the case of the European particle physics organization, that means considering... More »

Syrian Peace Talks Hit New Stumbling Block

Meanwhile, country set to miss chemical weapons deadline

(Newser) - Geneva talks on Syria's future have been tense—and new US support for rebels isn't helping. On Monday, Reuters reported secret Congressional approval of funding to lightly arm "moderate" Syrian rebels through September. An opposition adviser reported an "outburst" by the Syrian government's lead negotiator,... More »

US Knew of Syria Torture Photos for Months

As UN looks to salvage peace talks

(Newser) - The Obama administration wasn't exactly shocked this week when war crimes prosecutors released 55,000 photos of people systematically killed by Bashar al-Assad's regime—because the State Department has known about them since November, the New York Times reports. The administration didn't act on the photos because... More »

Deal Near? Kerry Heads to Iran Talks

Uranium enrichment rights remain point of contention

(Newser) - In the event that an Iranian nuclear deal appeared close, six world powers' head diplomats were poised to head to Geneva, the New York Times notes—and now John Kerry is doing just that. Already today, Russia's foreign minister did the same; Britain's foreign secretary has tweeted that... More »

Iran OKs Broader UN Inspections

Tehran talks lead to 'roadmap,' while Geneva proposal rejected

(Newser) - Talks in Tehran between Iran and the UN's nuclear chief have produced a "roadmap" for boosting inspections—but some of the sites that most interest UN investigators aren't included in the deal as it stands, the AP notes. Still, they'll get access to a planned heavy... More »

'Optimism' as Iran, West Begin New Nuke Talks

First negotiations since Rouhani's election

(Newser) - Global leaders have gathered in Geneva for a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear capabilities—the first since Hasan Rouhani became the country's president. The New York Times sees "the most promising atmosphere for negotiations" in a decade, thanks to Rouhani's apparent willingness to work... More »

Kerry Looking to Nail Down Syria as Russia Talks Begin

Rebels, meanwhile, despair over lack of strike

(Newser) - John Kerry arrived in Geneva today for two days of talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov over the Syrian disarmament plan they sort of created together. Kerry's top goal, one official tells Reuters , "is to see if there's reality here or not." To do that he'... More »

Suu Kyi's Doctor Worried After Vomiting Incident

He says she has a poor stomach for travel

(Newser) - Aung San Suu Kyi's doctor says he's worried about her health, after the Burma opposition leader threw up in front of reporters yesterday. "I am very concerned," Pyone Moe Ei told the AP in Yangon. "Considering her age, the amount of travel she's doing,... More »

UN Council Condemns 'Outrageous' Houla Massacre

Only Russia, China, and Cuba vote against it

(Newser) - The UN Human Rights Council sent Syria its harshest rebuke yet in an emergency meeting on the Houla massacre today, approving a resolution to condemn "in the strongest possible terms such an outrageous use of force against the civilian population." Almost the entire 47-nation council approved the US-... More »

World's Timekeepers: Kill 'Leap Seconds'

Debate rages over fundamental shift

(Newser) - Countries across the globe are divided—and it's only a matter of time. Some, including Britain and China, want to retain a special "leap second" occasionally added to the calendar to keep atomic clocks in line with the Earth's rotation. The US, France, Germany, and others, however,... More »

Iranian Nuclear Talks Begin

Officials gather in Geneva villa for critical negotiations

(Newser) - Representatives from Iran arrived in a secluded villa in the countryside near Geneva to begin a critical round of nuclear negotiations with the Western powers today. In attendance were reps from the five UN Security Council states, Germany, and the EU. The US is looking for “practical steps and... More »

US, Iran May Meet One-on-One on Nukes

Meeting tomorrow could be most direct engagement since the revolution

(Newser) - US diplomats will try to meet one-on-one with their Iranian counterparts during tomorrow’s multi-nation negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program. It would be the most significant direct engagement between the two countries since the Iranian revolution. An anonymous official tells the Washington Post that the one-on-one talks would "... More »

Bardem May Join Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love

(Newser) - Javier Bardem is in talks to join Julia Roberts in the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, reports Variety. Roberts is slated to play the author, and Bardem would play love interest Felipe, whom the real-life Gilbert eventually married. Brad Pitt is producing. Elsewhere: More »

'Big Bang' Machine Won't Start Until Fall

Repairs to giant collider taking longer than expected

(Newser) - Scientists won’t restart the Large Hadron Collider until late September—a 6-week delay for the machine designed to replicate the Big Bang, Reuters reports. Repairs of last fall's electrical glitch are taking longer than expected. Particle collisions in the world’s biggest, most complex machine are now scheduled to... More »

Russia-Georgia Talks Break Down

UN court tells nations not to target breakaway groups

(Newser) - Georgia-Russia peace talks broke down today when Russian officials skipped a plenary session, Reuters reports, and the two sides failed even to agree on whether to include officials from South Ossetia and Abkhazia in the closed-door meeting. Each side bitterly blamed the other amid continuing tensions emanating from the five-day... More »

'Big Bang' Machine Switched On, We're Still Here

Feared planet-devouring black hole fortunately fails to materialize

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider was switched on today and the world did not end, as some doomsayers predicted, Reuters reports. Scientists at CERN in Switzerland now plan to use the giant particle-smashing machine to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and shed light on the origins of the universe.... More »

Huge Particle Collider Ready for Debut

Probably won't destroy universe

(Newser) - Physicists across the world will spend the wee hours of tomorrow morning watching with bated breath as the world’s most expensive science experiment gets under way, the New York Times reports. At 3:30am Eastern, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider will switch on for the first time, sending particles... More »

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