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Swiss wary of Trump protectionism

6 December 2016 | 0 comments

Swiss prosperity depends on access to global markets, which President Johann Schneider-Ammann said would be a priority in his first talk with US President-elect Donald Trump.Schneider-Ammann previewed...

PISA survey: Swiss are best mathematicians in Europe

6 December 2016 | 0 comments

Swiss teenagers are the best in Europe at mathematics, according to an international survey. They are also strong at science and reading. However, Swiss education officials are unhappy with the ranking’s...

High pesticide levels in imported Asian vegetables

6 December 2016 | 0 comments

Up to half of all tested vegetables and spices imported into Switzerland from Asia have unacceptable levels of pesticides or contained traces of banned weed killers.According to a Federal Food Safety and...

Nina Caprez: ‘I knew I had to leave’

6 December 2016 | 0 comments

Nina Caprez is one of the world’s best free climbers. She no longer cares about competition or rankings. But the 30-year-old Swiss is still climbing mountain routes that few women have mastered. To live...

House approves plan giving priority to local job seekers

5 December 2016 | 0 comments

The House of Representatives has followed the Senate in approving a way of implementing quotas on workers from the European Union that involves giving priority to local job seekers. However, the House...

Swiss Catholic bishops create $500,000-fund for sex abuse victims

5 December 2016 | 0 comments

Catholic bishops in Switzerland have created a fund to help people sexually abused by clergy members in cases where the statute of limitations has passed, they said Monday.The Swiss Bishops Conference...

Victims’ fund available to Catholic Church abuse victims

5 December 2016 | 0 comments

Victims who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic Church representatives in Switzerland can now access a special fund to claim compensation. The idea was first launched a year ago by the Swiss...

US body fines Credit Suisse $16.5 mn for lax controls

5 December 2016 | 0 comments

A US financial industry watchdog fined Credit Suisse $16.5 million for lax oversight to prevent money laundering, the agency announced Monday.The big Swiss bank was faulted for a number of omissions and...

Red Cross survey shows surging acceptance of torture in conflict

5 December 2016 | 0 comments

A vast Red Cross survey published Monday indicated that acceptance of torture during war has increased dramatically in recent decades, with fewer than half of people now categorically rejecting the practice.The...

One in five Swiss justifies torture of combatants

5 December 2016 | 0 comments

Swiss people are increasingly supportive of torture, with about a fifth finding its use justified in order to extract military information, according to a global survey of attitudes towards the rules of...

Summer bookings by Chinese tourists fall by a fifth

5 December 2016 | 0 comments

Chinese tourists have long been heralded as the potential saviours of Swiss tourism, but the latest figures on hotel stays show they’re making far fewer bookings as had been hoped.Terrorist attacks in...

Red Cross survey shows surging acceptance of torture in conflict

5 December 2016 | 0 comments

A vast Red Cross survey published Monday indicated that the acceptance of torture during war has increased dramatically in recent decades, with fewer than half of people now categorically rejecting the...

UN appeals for record $22.2 bn in global aid

5 December 2016 | 0 comments

The United Nations appealed Monday for a record $22.2 billion (20.9 billion euros) to provide aid in 2017 to surging numbers of people hit by conflicts and disasters around the world.It's "the highest...

Swiss restaurant still in world's top 10 despite chef's suicide

5 December 2016 | 0 comments

The Swiss restaurant named the best in the world last year remained in the top 10 of the La Liste ranking Monday despite the tragic loss of its star chef who killed himself weeks after lifting the honour.The...

Why one Swiss farmer stopped using chemicals

5 December 2016 | 0 comments

Claude Peguiron is one of the latest converts to organic agriculture. While the total number of Swiss holdings continues to decline, more and more of the farms that remain, like Peguiron’s, are turning...

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