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What’s behind Switzerland’s vaccine shortage?

20 September 2017 | 0 comments

It’s one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet Switzerland is struggling to maintain stocks of 16 key vaccines, forcing doctors to adapt their practices. What’s causing the shortfall, and what’s...

All Swiss hepatitis C sufferers can access costly drugs like Harvoni

19 September 2017 | 0 comments

All patients suffering from hepatitis C can be treated with the drugs Harvoni and Epclusa from next month, after the Federal Office of Public Health lifted restrictions allowing the medicines to be reimbursed...

How Switzerland will choose a new foreign minister

19 September 2017 | 0 comments

The resignation and replacement of a government minister may not be worth more than a shrug of the shoulders in most countries. Not in Switzerland: the distribution of the portfolios in the seven-member...

Baha'is welcome release of member imprisoned in Iran

19 September 2017 | 0 comments

The Baha'i community on Tuesday welcomed the release of a member serving a 10-year prison term in Iran, but expressed concern for six co-religionists tried alongside her.Mahvesh Sabet, 64, was released...

Swiss abroad need Swiss bank accounts

19 September 2017 | 0 comments

Big Swiss banks should make it easier for Swiss people living abroad to maintain a bank account, finds the Senate.Senators voted 23 to 14 on Tuesday in favour of a motion to make the five largest Swiss...

Making the ‘elephant in the room’ go global

19 September 2017 | 0 comments

Animal welfare and modern direct democracy are like twins. Together they are able to unify people in a way many other issues aren’t.The world is awash in uncertainty. I hear almost daily from friends,...

Scam cryptocurrency shut down by Swiss regulator

19 September 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss financial regulator has closed down three companies linked to a fake cryptocurrency E-Coin amid fears that investors may have been conned out of millions of francs. The Swiss Financial Market...

‘Driving’ mice to steer neuroscience research

19 September 2017 | 0 comments

Switzerland is home to a new brain project – the International Brain Laboratory (IBL) in Geneva. Using mice equipped with steering wheels, its goal is to understand how neurons help us make choices.Inaugurated...

Are India's daughters a good return on investment?

19 September 2017 | 0 comments

The world’s first private, performance-based investment aims to keep girls in rural India in school. But can projects like the one supported by the UBS Optimus Foundation change societal attitudes that...

UN investigators demand 'full, unfettered' access to Myanmar

19 September 2017 | 0 comments

UN human rights investigators on Tuesday said they needed "full and unfettered" access to Myanmar to probe a grave and ongoing crisis, but the government renewed its rejection of the investigation."It...

Swiss review product labels from Israeli settlements

18 September 2017 | 0 comments

The government has rejected a proposed import ban on products from Israeli settlements in occupied territories, but agreed to review rules on product labels.In response to a question by the Social Democratic...

Biggest and smallest creatures at top risk of extinction: study

18 September 2017 | 0 comments

Animals on both the large and small side of the spectrum face the most risk of extinction -- but for very different reasons, each with vast consequences for the planet, researchers said Monday.For big...

Clogged drain? Could mean toilet is flush with cash

18 September 2017 | 0 comments

If someone tells you they flushed more than a hundred grand down the toilet, chances are they're referring figuratively to a bad investment, or an outrageous extravagance. But in Switzerland, prosecutors...

Swiss tourist industry wins support from parliament

18 September 2017 | 0 comments

A majority of parliament wants to restrict online reservation platforms in a bid to protect the Swiss hotel sector.The House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved a proposal and followed...

Syria war crimes investigator blasts impunity in farewell speech

18 September 2017 | 0 comments

Outgoing Syria war crimes investigator Carla Del Ponte said on Monday she had quit her post out of frustration over "total impunity", in a fiery farewell speech. Del Ponte, an accomplished war crimes...



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