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Glencore returns to profit, capping turnaround

23 February 2017 | 0 comments

Mining giant Glencore Thursday reported a swing back into profit, completing a dramatic turnaround driven by aggressive cost-cutting and helped by rising commodities prices. The Switzerland-based company...

Natural disasters dampen Swiss Re profits

23 February 2017 | 0 comments

Re-insurance giant Swiss Re reported weaker profits Thursday, hit by payouts for natural disasters including Hurricane Matthew in the United States.Net profit fell 23 percent to $3.5 billion, below analyst...

Syrian peace talks to resume with expectations low

23 February 2017 | 0 comments

UN-brokered Syrian peace talks resume in Geneva on Thursday, but hopes of a breakthrough are dim, clouded by persistent violence and deadlock over the country's political future.On the eve of the talks,...

Syria opposition seeks 'direct negotiations' with regime

22 February 2017 | 0 comments

Syria's main opposition group said Wednesday it wanted face-to-face discussions with government representatives, a day before the start of a new round of peace talks in Geneva."We ask for direct negotiations......

Banks urged to bail out of controversial oil pipeline

22 February 2017 | 0 comments

Greenpeace has sharply criticised Credit Suisse for funding companies involved in the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline project. The NGO told Swiss public television SRF that the Swiss bank is a...

Russia asked Syria to halt bombings during talks: UN envoy

22 February 2017 | 0 comments

Russia has asked the Syrian regime to halt bombings during peace talks this week in Geneva, the United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday, though a peace breakthrough seems unlikely."Russia...

Switzerland and Russia go back a long way

22 February 2017 | 0 comments

When it comes to Russian history, Switzerland might be most remembered as the place where Lenin took refuge before returning home to lead a revolution. But the two nations share a surprisingly rich history....

WTO ratifies first multilateral trade deal

22 February 2017 | 0 comments

The first multilateral deal agreed at the World Trade Organization came into force Wednesday, a step billed as a milestone for the body facing unprecedented threats from a hostile US administration. The...

Swiss number plate breaks auction record

22 February 2017 | 0 comments

Would you pay CHF150,000 ($148,000) for a licence plate? A bidder made the record offer for “VS 1” on Tuesday – still three weeks before the auction ends, so the record could rise further.Very Special?...

Rival Syrian camps due in Geneva ahead of talks

22 February 2017 | 0 comments

Rival Syrian camps were due in Geneva Wednesday for UN-brokered talks to end the six-year conflict with persistent violence and deadlock over the country's political future dampening hopes of a breakthrough.President...

ABB uncovers fraud at S. Korean subsidiary

22 February 2017 | 0 comments

Swiss-Swedish engineering giant ABB said Wednesday that it had uncovered significant embezzlement at its South Korean subsidiary, which it warned would heavily impact its 2016 earnings.The company said...

Are the Swiss too strict about the Dublin accords?

22 February 2017 | 0 comments

Switzerland sends most asylum seekers back to neighbouring Italy, though they never registered there. A data analysis by swissinfo.ch. shows Switzerland’s strict application of the Dublin accords.The regulations...

Illegal immigrants to benefit from amnesty

22 February 2017 | 0 comments

Geneva has launched a programme to grant resident permits to illegal immigrants in Switzerland and combat unlawful work practices.It applies to several thousand people who have been living in Geneva for...

Amnesty attacks Swiss border policy

22 February 2017 | 0 comments

Switzerland has been criticised by Amnesty International for a hardline stance against migrants entering via its southern border.Many migrants were prevented from applying for asylum, which the organisation...

Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report

21 February 2017 | 0 comments

Invisible particles washed off products like synthetic clothing and car tyres account for up to a third of the plastic polluting oceans, impacting eco-systems and human health, a top conservationist body...



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