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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...

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...

Television shapes Swiss opinion more than other media

13 November 2018 | 0 comments

Television is the most influential medium when it comes to shaping opinion in Switzerland, according to a new media monitoring website.While the Swiss have plenty of media channels to keep informed, they...

Visana insurance president commits suicide

13 November 2018 | 0 comments

The president of the Swiss insurance firm Visana, Urs Roth, committed suicide on Monday, the firm has announced. In recent years, several top Swiss executives have taken their lives.“It is with great sadness...

True or false: ‘Cows need horns to communicate’

13 November 2018 | 0 comments

Armin Capaul, the farmer behind the nationwide vote on November 25 to save Swiss cow horns, has often claimed that cows need horns to communicate. Is he right?A study between May 2013 and April 2016 by...

Blockchain start-ups ‘not ready’ for mainstream investment

13 November 2018 | 0 comments

Swiss start-up investor Daniel Gutenberg, who has earned a reputation for picking the right technology companies, believes the emerging blockchain industry is several years away from attracting traditional...

Swiss e-voting system to undergo ‘hacker test’

13 November 2018 | 0 comments

Next year, Swiss authorities will put one of the country’s two e-voting systems up for attack by hackers – with a prize on offer for those who break it. The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA), a strong...

'Incomparable' pink diamond could smash record at Geneva auction

13 November 2018 | 0 comments

An exceptionally rare 19-carat pink diamond goes under the hammer in Geneva Tuesday, when it could fetch $50 million (44 million euros), setting a new record for a stone of its kind.The Pink Legacy used...

UEFA open to reopening financial fairplay cases

12 November 2018 | 0 comments

UEFA warned Monday that clubs whose finances have already been scrutinised by its Financial Fair Play regulations may not be out the clear yet, European football's ruling body told AFP.Less than a week...

Switzerland signs up to ‘Paris Call’ for a safer internet

12 November 2018 | 0 comments

In Paris on Monday, several hundred governments and tech companies – and Switzerland – signed a new charter for trust and securityonline.In the so-called ‘Paris Call’, launched by French President Macron...

Ranking finds big companies fail to manage human rights risks

12 November 2018 | 0 comments

Most big companies fail to demonstrate respect for human rights, according to an analysis of more than 100 companies released on Monday. Nestlé and Glencore, the two Swiss companies in the ranking, fall...

Swiss President meets the Pope in the Vatican

12 November 2018 | 0 comments

Alain Berset was in Rome for bilateral discussions touching on peacebuilding, human rights, and the maintenance of the Pope’s personal retinue – the Swiss Guards.The two leaders framed the talks about...



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