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Saudi trying to quash Yemen war crimes probe: HRW

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

Saudi Arabia is trying shut down a UN-backed war crimes investigation in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said Friday, calling it a "blatant attempt to avoid scrutiny" of its conduct in the country.The group's...

PostBus to reimburse more than CHF200 million

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

The state-owned PostBus company is to hand back CHF205.3 million ($214 million) to the government, cantons and communes following a scandal over illegal subsidies.The firm is obliged to pay back CHF188.1...

Switzerland criticised for tobacco control treaty stance

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

The fact that Switzerland has yet to have ratified the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and is hosting its conference is shameful, a top WHO official has declared.“I...

Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide: WHO

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year -- more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk.The...

FARC leader warns over risks for Colombia peace deal

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

Former FARC rebel commander and Colombian senator Victoria Sandino has told AFP that the hard-won peace deal between Bogota and the leftist guerillas risked being derailed. Sandino said she had travelled...

Whistleblowers to get new legal guidelines

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

Workplace whistleblowers are to be better protected by law, the government has proposed. But a transparency group says the move does not go far enough.The government wants a multi-level model: first those...

Swiss ‘chocolate law’ subsidy for exporters to end in 2019

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

A so-called “chocolate law”, introduced in 1974 to compensate Swiss food exporters for the high price of domestic milk and cereals, will end next year.On Friday, the Federal Council announced the law would...

Hyundai to test hydrogen-powered trucks in Switzerland

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

The South Korean group Hyundai is to sell 1,000 hydrogen-powered trucks to Switzerland in the next five years, with the first vehicle scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019. Switzerland will be the...

Globi: the cartoon character explaining democracy to kids

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

Consensus government, division of powers, federal constitution: all frightening words for children. But now, a new book – and a popular animated character – tries to explain to the young how democracy...

Dalai Lama will not meet officials during Swiss visit

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

The Dalai Lama is visiting Switzerland on a four-day trip beginning on Friday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tibet Institute near Zurich. No meetings with the government have been scheduled.The...

Regional 'burqa ban' up for vote in Switzerland

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

A second Swiss canton will vote Sunday on whether to introduce a regional "burqa ban", a controversial law that would prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces.The ballot in northeastern St....

WTO eyes China bid to slap stiff trade sanctions on US

21 September 2018 | 0 comments

A World Trade Organization arbitrator will review Friday a Chinese request to impose more than $7 billion (nearly 6 billion euros) in annual sanctions on the United States over anti-dumping practices,...

Swiss investors launch $100m blockchain start-up factory

20 September 2018 | 0 comments

A consortium of Swiss investors has launched a private equity vehicle that aims to collect up to $100 million with the long-term goal of getting 1,000 blockchain companies off the ground internationally...

Novartis employees brace for new wave of job cuts

20 September 2018 | 0 comments

Employees at pharmaceutical company Novartis are bracing for a fresh wave of significant job cuts, according to swissinfo.ch’s sources at the company, a union representative and local media. The move is...

Petition pushes to save Swiss fish from turbines

20 September 2018 | 0 comments

Switzerland’s Fishing Federation has filed a petition in Bern calling on the Swiss government to better protect local fish against the deadly trap of turbines at hydroelectric power stations.Protective...



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