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Hi, this is Michelle. Switzerland has confirmed the venue for the peace conference on Ukraine with a star guest expected to make an appearance.

Two prominent figures with great significance for international Geneva passed away this week. Plus, CERN is the target in social media of some pretty creative, yet firmly baseless conspiracy theories.

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Michelle Langrand


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The Buergenstock Resort above Lake Lucerne will host the Ukraine peace conference from 15 to 16 June. The five-star hotel has hosted peace talks on Sudan and Cyprus in the past. (Keystone/Alexander Dietz)

🕊️Switzerland to host Ukraine peace conference in mid-June. Lucerne was chosen as the venue for the gathering aimed at rallying support for Kyiv’s 10-point peace plan, with US president Joe Biden reportedly planning to attend. China is still considering whether to make an appearance while Russia, which has dismissed the event, is unlikely to attend.

Swissinfo (EN)

📜Remembering Marcel Boisard. The Genevan, a former head of Unitar and ICRC delegate and staunch defender of the Geneva Conventions, died, aged 85.

Le Temps (paywall) (FR)

⚛Peter Higgs, physicist who proposed the existence of the ‘God particle’, dies at 94. The Nobel Prize winner visited the European Organization for Nuclear Research in 2013, where scientists confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson. The Associated Press

The Associated Press (EN)

👹Fact Check: Old video wrongly linked to CERN to push satanic conspiracy theory. The Geneva-based research centre has been the target of a groundless conspiracy theory, according to which its scientists are “trying to open a portal to another dimension”.

Reuters (EN)

🚢Global trade to recover steadily after rare fall in 2023, WTO says. After slumping last year, lower inflation is expected to help a recovery in trade, but geopolitics, the Middle East conflict and protectionism remain risks.

Reuters (EN)

👨🏾‍⚕️Can Congo's 'miracle doctor' keep saving women's lives without UN security? The Nobel Prize laureate and winner of the Right Livelihood award wrote to the UN, saying that the threat of violence remains high in South Kivu, as the UN’s peace mission Monusco begins to withdraw.

PassBlue (EN)

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