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Dr Federer grateful for university honour

24 November 2017 | 0 comments

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has another title for his collection: an honorary degree from the University of Basel.At the 557th Dies Academicus on Friday, the Faculty of Medicine awarded its honorary...

Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return: UN

24 November 2017 | 0 comments

Conditions for Rohingya refugees to safely return to Myanmar from Bangladesh are not in place, the UN said Friday, a day after the two countries announced repatriation would begin in two months."UNHCR...

Swiss diplomat to become new head of EFTA

24 November 2017 | 0 comments

Swiss ambassador Henri Gétaz, who currently helps coordinate Swiss-European Union affairs, has been appointed the new secretary general of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA).Gétaz, who has headed the...

Saudis clear passenger flights to rebel-held Yemen airport: UN

24 November 2017 | 0 comments

The United Nations said Friday that it has been cleared by a Saudi-led coalition to resume passenger flights to Yemen's rebel-held Sanaa airport, but desperately needed aid deliveries remain blocked....

Still too few organs being donated

24 November 2017 | 0 comments

There are not enough organs being donated in Switzerland, despite efforts to encourage people to do so. Now, Swiss authorities want to know why.A national action plan launched in 2013 set the goal to 20...

Over forty percent of Swiss ‘very stressed’ at work

24 November 2017 | 0 comments

Workers in Switzerland are not able to work as flexibly as two years ago – and this is impacting their work-life balance and driving up stress levels, a study has found.These are the main conclusions of...

Regulation on ICOs inconsistent as crypto bubble fears grow

24 November 2017 | 0 comments

When celebrities known more for reality shows than financial prowess start endorsing a particular investment strategy, it is fair to assume a bubble exists.And so it is with initial coin offerings, a virtual...

Richest get richer - Switzerland’s top 300

23 November 2017 | 0 comments

The wealthiest people in one of the world’s wealthiest nations - Switzerland, have increased their assets by CHF60 billion over the past year.According to the latest edition of the German-language business...

Switzerland approves $1.3 bn in EU aid

23 November 2017 | 0 comments

Switzerland said Thursday it will provide more than a billion dollars in development aid to the European Union, as Bern seeks to stabilise its messy ties with Brussels. The 1.3 billion Swiss francs ($1.32...

Migrant arrivals from Libya fall after EU deal: UN

23 November 2017 | 0 comments

The number of migrants who have reached Italy via Libya has dropped significantly since July, when the European Union reached a deal with Libyan authorities to stem migrant flows, the UN said Thursday.The...

Progress toward a ‘digital Switzerland’ is advancing, but slowly

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

With the first Swiss Digital Day campaign this week, Switzerland’s digital elite has launched an offensive. But even though the country has acknowledged it’s time to improve digital services and education,...

Demand for fair-trade goods hits record

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

Swiss consumers spend CHF80 ($81.40) a year on fair-trade products, with fruit making up a quarter of that amount.In 2016 the Swiss spent a total of CHF664.8 million on fair-trade products – 16% up on...

Are the Swiss prepared for driverless cars?

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

The idea that one day autonomous cars could be whizzing along Swiss streets makes many Swiss uneasy, a study has found. That said, the elderly and people who do work on public transport express an interest...

Juncker visit expected to help normalise Swiss-EU relations

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due in Switzerland on Thursday for a visit expected to help get bilateral ties back on track. These were strained following a Swiss vote in 2014 to...

Anti-piracy law targets providers, not consumers

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss government wants to crack down on providers of pirated content over the internet while ensuring that consumers of such offers would continue to go unpunished.Presenting a proposed amendment to...



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