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Peace, development and democracy interlinked: Farooq H Naek

Geneva: Former Chairman Senate Farooq H. Naek has said that peace, development and democracy are part of parcel of each other in the present day world. While addressing the 139 General Assembly of Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, Farooq H. Naek said being hub of collective national and political wisdom, parliament by dint of its linkages with the people, multilateral connectivity, legislation, public awareness, and revisiting existing laws, can make it possible to achieve peace and development at the domestic,…

Assad negotiators meet UN envoy at Syria peace talks

GENEVA: Syria's government met with United Nations envoys on Wednesday for talks aimed at ending the civil war, in a small boost for the negotiations that Damascus had threatened to boycott. The government had initially refused to confirm it would attend the talks, which began on Tuesday, after the rebels signalled they would continue to insist on President Bashar al-Assad's ouster. But a government delegation held initial meetings with UN mediator Staffan de Mistura in Geneva on Wednesday, reportedly after securing…

Largest diamond ever auctioned to go under hammer in Geneva

GENEVA: The largest diamond ever offered at auction is set to go under the hammer in Geneva Tuesday evening, with bids expected to top $25 million. The “sensational" 163.41-carat flawless diamond, suspended from an emerald and diamond necklace called The Art of Grisogono, will be one of the highlights at the Christie’s autumn jewel auction. "To date, this is the largest D flawless diamond ever to appear for sale at auction," Christie’s said when it first announced the gem would be part of its annual Magnificent Jewels…