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Strikes on Syria displaced camp 'likely a war crime': UN

6 May 2016 | 0 comments

Air strikes on a camp for displaced people in Syria's Idlib province were almost certainly not accidental and likely amounted to a war crime, the UN rights chief said Friday. Syria's military has denied...

Swiss to send experts to Moldova for peace mission

6 May 2016 | 0 comments

The cabinet has decided to dispatch up to six members of the Swiss army to Moldova to participate in a programme for peace promotion of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Basic income crowdfunder sees Swiss vote’s potential

6 May 2016 | 0 comments

In June, the Swiss will vote on whether to give everyone in the country an unconditional basic income.

Behind the Vatican walls

6 May 2016 | 0 comments

A new photographic exhibition on display at the Vatican museum, ‘Life of a Swiss Guard’.

Health treatment costs under scrutiny

6 May 2016 | 0 comments

The government plans to increase efforts to examine the use of certain medical treatments and technologies in a bid to reduce health costs.

Israel rejects UN panel's concerns of prisoner abuse

4 May 2016 | 0 comments

Israel on Wednesday rejected the concerns of a UN panel over alleged violations in its prisons, including a purported surge in solitary confinements, insisting such tactics were used only in "extremely...

Eastern Aleppo could soon be besieged, UN warns

4 May 2016 | 0 comments

The Syrian government has refused a UN request for humanitarian aid access to rebel-held eastern Aleppo, the UN said Wednesday, warning that the area could soon be besieged."The horrific fighting and...

Credit Suisse settles in US rate-rigging lawsuit

4 May 2016 | 0 comments

Seven top banks, including Credit Suisse, have agreed to pay $324 million (CHF339 million) to settle a private US lawsuit accusing them of rigging the “ISDAfix” interest rate benchmark used in the huge derivatives market.

Life as a slave in wealthy Switzerland

4 May 2016 | 0 comments

Lina Zingg was an all-purpose maid, cleaner, cook and nanny – for 50 years and against her will. This is a story of slavery in the midst of middle class society.

Too much election money ‘hollows out’ democracy

4 May 2016 | 0 comments

The colossal sums spent on election campaigns can have a hugely damaging effect on even the most stable of democracies.

Zurich Zoo mourns death of elephant

4 May 2016 | 0 comments

An Asian elephant named Druk had to be euthanised at the Zurich Zoo on Tuesday, at the age of 49.

Hackers target Swiss defence ministry

4 May 2016 | 0 comments

The Swiss defence ministry and government-owned defence firm, RUAG, was targeted by hackers in January, the defence minister has confirmed.

Would the Swiss model suit a post-Brexit Britain?

4 May 2016 | 0 comments

If Britain votes to leave the European Union on June 23, post-Brexit negotiations should be based on Switzerland’s bilateral treaties with Brussels, say many Eurosceptics.

Vast majority of Swiss prefer bilateral path with EU

4 May 2016 | 0 comments

Two-thirds of Swiss citizens surveyed support the bilateral treaties concluded with the European Union to strict curbs on immigration via quotas.

Thumbs up for Swiss water quality

4 May 2016 | 0 comments

A Swiss government report for 2013-2015 has awarded the nation’s water quality top marks.

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