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Balzan Prize winners honoured

17 November 2017 | 0 comments

Seven academics from India, the United States, Germany and Belgium have been honoured.with the Balzan Prize, each receiving CHF750,000 ($758,000) in prize money – half of which will be spent of furthering...

Oil trader slams “defamatory” NGO report

17 November 2017 | 0 comments

Commodities trading company Vitol has taken legal action against “inaccurate and defamatory” allegations made by the Swiss NGO Public Eye in the wake of the Paradise Papers revelations.Public Eye issued...

Saudi funder announces plans to reform Geneva mosque

17 November 2017 | 0 comments

The head of the Saudi Arabia-based Muslim World League (MWL) has vowed to reform Switzerland’s largest mosque, which has attracted scrutiny from French and Swiss authorities over links to extremists.In...

Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks

17 November 2017 | 0 comments

"Robots are not taking over the world", the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of...

'Untold thousands' will die unless Saudis lift Yemen blockade: UN

16 November 2017 | 0 comments

Thousands of civilians will die, including many children, unless a Saudi-led coalition fully lifts a blockade that has "choked off" aid supplies to Yemen, the heads of three UN agencies said Thursday....

Swiss children’s doctor honoured by Cambodian king

16 November 2017 | 0 comments

Beat Richner, a Swiss paediatric doctor and cellist, has been honoured by the King of Cambodia for his life’s work. Richner, 70, has built five children’s hospitals in the southeast Asian country.The sustainable...

One in five Swiss residents can’t pay an unexpected bill

16 November 2017 | 0 comments

Despite its high standard of living, Switzerland is home to many who would struggle to finance a week’s getaway or a large bill.Last year, 21.5% of Swiss residents lived in a household that would have...

Long-lost da Vinci at centre of legal feud sells for record price

16 November 2017 | 0 comments

A rediscovered Leonardo da Vinci painting sold at auction for a record $450 million (CHF446 million) has come from a collection at the centre of a protracted legalbattle connected to Swiss art dealer Yves...

Should Swiss vote hackers be rewarded with cash?

16 November 2017 | 0 comments

In order to ensure the security of online voting systems used in Switzerland, the government needs to issue a challenge to the worldwide hacker community, offering rewards to anyone who can “blow holes...

Paradise Papers fuel Swiss better business initiative - for now

16 November 2017 | 0 comments

The "Paradise Papers", which have shed light on the offshore dealings of some of the world’s richest people and biggest companies, are increasing conversations around a people’s initiative, on which Swiss...

'Raj Pink' diamond fails to sell at auction

16 November 2017 | 0 comments

The "Raj Pink", the largest Fancy Intense Pink diamond in the world, failed to sell at auction, despite being the highlight of a Sotheby's sale of precious jewels.The rare 37.3-carat stone, which the...

Special tax on provisionally-admitted migrants to end in 2018

15 November 2017 | 0 comments

As of January 1, 2018, holders of an ‘F’ permit will no longer be subjected to a 10% special ‘compensatory’ tax on income designed to recuperate costs of their asylum procedures.However, the waiver of...

Swiss government stays mum on EU negotiations strategy

15 November 2017 | 0 comments

The seven-member Federal Council has refused to reveal its position on future negotiations with the European Union over CHF1 billion (little over $1 billion) in voluntary ‘cohesion’ payments destined for...

Rules to be set for Swiss online identification system

15 November 2017 | 0 comments

The government has presented plans for a voluntary electronic identification system for online users of e-commerce and government services.The digital IDs will be issued by certified private providers...

Rare pink diamond aims for $30 million haul

15 November 2017 | 0 comments

An extremely rare 37.3-carat pink diamond goes under the hammer Wednesday as the top offer at Sotheby's jewel sale, after rival auction house Christie's sold a whopping gem for nearly $34 million. The...



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