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HOUSE OF RELIGIONS: Bringing the world’s religions together in Bern, Switzerland

By Marc-André Miserez swissinfo.ch It is thought to be a one-of-a-kind: tucked away in a multicultural, working-class suburb of Bern stands a house with five sanctuaries, one per religion. The…

Israel hits back at Swiss over rights conference

Israel on Friday condemned Switzerland’s plan to host a conference on respect for international human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, charging it was a deviation from the country’s traditional…

100 YEARS ON : What the Tramp tells us about Charlie Chaplin – By Michèle Laird

The birth 100 years ago of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp is celebrated on all five continents this year. In Switzerland, where Chaplin spent the last 22 years of his life,…

Ebola vaccine trial ‘interrupted’ due to joint pains

BBC News: The clinical trial of an Ebola vaccine in Switzerland has been interrupted after some patients complained of joint pains in their hands and feet. READ MORE…  …

Swiss jihadist avoids prison sentence

A 30-year-old man from canton Vaud has been given a suspended sentence of 600 hours of community service for attempting to join the Islamic State terror group in Syria. This…

TERRORIST GROUPS: Swiss Parliament bans Islamic State, al-Qaeda

Both houses of parliament have voted to ban the al-Qaeda and Islamic State terror groups in Switzerland. The House of Representatives followed the Senate’s lead on Monday and voted 184…

Saint Gallen cops probe Islamic centre blaze

Published: 07 Dec 2014 22:58 GMT+01:00 Two molotov cocktails thrown into an Islamic centre started a fire in a village in the canton of Saint Gallen early Sunday morning, according…

GRAFFITI: Redesigning the Swiss embassy walls in Cairo

Through his work Khalid tries to show that the idea is more important than anything else. For him it is the individual’s ideas that make him different from his peers…

SWISS IN THE SPOTLIGHT: OSCE meeting ends with no Ukraine consensus

Switzerland has won praise for its presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE), which has now come to an end. But a key meeting in Basel has failed…

ECOPOP VOTE : Strict immigration curbs overwhelmingly rejected

By Urs Geiser Voters have dismissed a proposal to reduce Switzerland’s ecological footprint by introducing strict immigration rules and family planning measures. Three out of four voters rejected the Ecopop…

SWITZERLAND: ECOPOP VOTE: Fears of strict immigration rules alarm establishment

By Urs Geiser Politicians and business leaders are concerned by uncertainty surrounding Sunday’s vote to reduce Switzerland’s ecological footprint by strict immigration limits and family planning measures. Although opponents of…

Faith debate : Questioning the role of Scientology in Switzerland

By Gaby Ochsenbein and Luigi Jorio Nov 25, 2014 – Forty years have passed since Scientology was established in Switzerland and the controversy surrounding the organisation has abated somewhat but…

Switzerland: Poll: voters edge towards immigration curbs

By Urs Geiser A proposal to reduce Switzerland’s ecological footprint by strict immigration curbs is gaining ground ahead of a nationwide vote on November 30, a poll shows. New rules…

Switzerland: Young refugees demand better conditions

CHILDREN’S CHARTER Unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Switzerland have demanded better living conditions as they wait for their applications to be processed. On Monday, a group of them presented a…

ASYLUM DECISION: Strasbourg blocks Afghan family expulsion to Italy

Switzerland must not send a family of Afghan asylum seekers, including six children, back to Italy without individual guarantees over their care, the European Court of Human Rights has declared.…

Nazi looted art? Jewish leader warns Bern museum over Gurlitt art works

The head of the World Jewish Congress has warned Bern’s Kunstmuseum that it risks an “avalanche” of lawsuits if it accepts German collector Cornelius Gurlitt’s controversial art collection, some of…

ARAB SPRING : ‘Remarkable progress’ made returning stolen assets – By Simon Bradley

Handing back stolen state assets is complex and time-consuming but remarkable progress has been made, declared Swiss President Didier Burkhalter at the opening of the third Arab Forum on Asset…

Switzerland Says It Foiled Islamic State Terror Attack on Europe

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) — Switzerland said it foiled a terrorist attack in Europe by detaining three Islamic State extremists. The Iraqi citizens are suspected of “misuse of explosives and toxic…

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