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Financial institutions raided over mobile pay deals

15 November 2018 | 0 comments

The Swiss Competition Commission has searched the premises of Credit Suisse and UBS, PostFinance and the credit card companies Swisscard and Aduno for allegedly boycotting mobile payment methods such as...

Protesters interrupt UN rights chief speech

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

Protestors briefly interrupted a speech by new UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet Wednesday, accusing her of complicity in persecution of the indigenous Mapuche community in her native Chile.Two demonstrators,...

Expanding Geneva airport set noise reduction targets

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

Geneva airport has been told by how much it must reduce noise disturbance for people living in the surrounding region. Switzerland’s second busiest airport expects flight movements to increase by almost...

Plans for opening agriculture markets shelved

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

The government wants to push ahead with plans to consolidate the Swiss agriculture sector and make it more environment-friendly.Presenting a draft proposal for the years 2022-2025, Economics Minister Johann...

Fin whale, mountain gorilla populations rise amid conservation action

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

The fin whale and mountain gorilla populations grew significantly due to efforts by conservationists to halt their descent towards extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)...

Marie-Antoinette’s jewels offered to highest bidder in Geneva

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

An exceptional collection of royal jewellery, including items that once belonged to the Queen of France Marie-Antoinette, are for sale at an auction by Sotheby’s in Geneva on Wednesday.It is part of a...

Swiss to channel aid into responsible gold production

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

The Swiss government has called for greater transparency in the gold supply chain in an effort to reduce the risk of human rights violations.It is in favour of strengthening multi-party stakeholder dialogue...

The global fight for assisted suicide

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

Swiss right-to-die organisations are politically and legally active abroad in a drive to legalise assisted suicide worldwide. They believe that political and religious elites do not respect the will of...

‘Pink Legacy’ diamond garners record price per carat

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

A pink diamond that garnered CHF50.4 million ($50 million) at auction in the Swiss city of Geneva, breaks the record price per carat for a stone of its kind.The 19-carat Pink Legacy was purchased by the...

Support for ‘Swiss law first’ initiative remains limited

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

A rightwing proposal to put Swiss law above international law has failed to win additional support over the past few weeks. Pollsters expect the initiative will be rejected in a nationwide vote later this...

Marie Antoinette's jewels up for auction in Geneva

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

Marie Antoinette's diamonds and pearls, not seen in public for two centuries, go under the hammer in Geneva Wednesday in what has been billed as one of the most important royal jewellery auctions in history.Ten...

'Incomparable' $50 mn pink diamond smashes record at Geneva auction

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

An exceptionally rare pink diamond of nearly 19 carats fetched 50.3 million Swiss francs ($50 million, 44 million euros) at auction in Geneva Tuesday, Christie's said, setting a new per-carat record for...

Former UBS trader deported from UK as appeals fail: MP

14 November 2018 | 0 comments

Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli, jailed in Britain for causing the Swiss bank $2.3 billion (2.0 billion euros) in losses through fraudulent trading, is being deported to Ghana, his MP said Wednesday."The...

Bangladesh must halt plans to return Rohingya to Myanmar: UN

13 November 2018 | 0 comments

The UN rights chief on Tuesday urged Bangladesh to halt plans to repatriate more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, amid reports of continued violations against the minority.Bangladeshi authorities...

Topsy-turvy campaigning styles enliven controversial vote

13 November 2018 | 0 comments

Known for its brash posters the political right has surprised the public with unusually plain and sober designs ahead of the vote about the ‘Swiss law first’ initiative.At the same time, it’s their opponents...



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