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SMALL ARMS SURVEY REPORT: Syrian rebels have stockpile of anti-aircraft weapons

By Veronica DeVore A just-released report from the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey shows that hundreds of portable anti-aircraft weapons are currently in the hands of rebel groups in Syria and…

Robert Fisk: Jailed in Geneva – the colonel who stood up against Mubarak, but refused to spy for the Swiss His defence of Christian Copts made him a thorn in the side of Egypt’s regime. But when he fled, Colonel Ghanem found himself in an equally dangerous game.

By Robert Fisk, The Independent Note by the Editor: This article dates back to 2012, but as Colonel el-Ghanem appears to be still in jail in Geneva we are pulishing…

SEEKING ASYLUM : Swiss lawyer targets possible Snowden visit

Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden has asked a Swiss lawyer to explore the possibility of the United States fugitive coming to Switzerland. Snowden is currently holed up…

PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: Swiss asked to boost Geneva Conventions in Gaza

The Swiss foreign ministry is holding exploratory talks for an international conference on the respect of humanitarian law in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian authorities. The ministry confirmed…

ESCALATION: OSCE urges inquiry of plane crash in Ukraine

The Swiss chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has called for an impartial investigation into the circumstances of Thursday’s crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane…

Swiss ready to help Italy with migrant influx

Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga says Switzerland is ready to help Italy in coping with the influx of migrants to its shores. So far this year, more than 63,000 migrants…

140 Days: The fast-track school term in an asylum centre (in Switzerland)

By Jo Fahy JUL 15, 2014 – 11:00 Children at a Zurich asylum centre don’t pack their rucksacks and head off to the local school each day like other kids…

DRINKS AND MINORS : One in four attempts to buy alcohol underage succeeds

Although it’s become more difficult for minors to buy alcoholic beverages in Switzerland, one in four underage clients still succeeds in buying wine, beer or hard alcohol, according to an…

Switzerland’s Muslim football heroes

World Bulletin / News Desk Despite crashing out of the World Cup on Tuesday, Switzerland’s national football team is currently ranked sixth in the world. Players such as Xherdan Shaqiri…

IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS : Swiss launch enquiry after Syrian stillbirth tragedy

Swiss border guards have been accused of failing to help a pregnant Syrian migrant sent back to Italy who later lost her child, according to Swiss public television SRF. The…

New ‘Iron Curtain’ in Europe fights illegal migration

Normally Looser is stationed in St Gallen in eastern Switzerland. She applied for a rotation in the Swiss Frontex pool because she wanted to familiarise herself with the outermost boundaries…

Paternity test reveals ethical minefield

A decision by a chain of pharmacies to sell an over-the-counter DNA paternity test has provoked serious ethical concerns. Sun Store, which operates mainly in French-speaking Switzerland, has decided to…

OPINION: Switzerland could improve its direct democracy

By Matthew Feldpausch Zipf SWISSINFO.CH JUN 27, 2014 Since the minaret ban in 2009, a consistent battle cry of red, white, and black has accompanied every major conservative initiative. The…

Swiss show off skills (and roots) in Brazil

By Samuel Jaberg Switzerland is the most multicultural of all the 32 teams taking part in the 2014 football World Cup in Brazil. But are players like Shaquiri and Rodriguez…

Shaqiri treble sends Switzerland into last 16

MANAUS, Brazil: Switzerland powered into the World Cup knockout stages as Group E runners-up and will play Argentina for a quarter final berth after a superb Xherdan Shaqiri hat-trick gave…

Switzerland: Grad opportunities: Teachers enjoying high pay and low unemployment

swissinfo.ch and agencies June 23, 2014 – 17:43 Among Switzerland’s university graduates, it seems that new teachers have the easiest time finding good jobs. Also, those with teacher education degrees…

NATURALISATION DEBATE: Parliament passes new Swiss citizenship law

by Jo Fahy with input from Armando Mombelli, swissinfo.ch June 20, 2014 – 09:35 Under new naturalisation law rubber stamped by parliament on Friday, foreigners will have to wait ten…

Switzerland: Migration Data: More foreigners move to Switzerland

swissinfo.ch June 18, 2014 – 12:46 The number of foreigners living in Switzerland has risen by 3.3% over the past year and about 24% of Switzerland’s eight million people do…

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