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The Swiss hopes of refugees with nothing to lose

By Stefania Summermatter, back from Ethiopia swissinfo.ch Fleeing a repressive regime at home, thousands of young Eritreans cross the frontier with Ethiopia every month. It’s the first stage on the…

Swiss universities top in mainland Europe

Switzerland’s federal technology institutes ETH Zurich and EPFL rank in the top 20 universities worldwide with the ETHZ coming in top in mainland Europe, according to the latest edition of…

RAISING THE STAKES: The ‘unprecedented’ challenge posed by Islamic State

By Peter Siegenthaler Amid international action against Islamic State militants, neutral Switzerland has limited its involvement to humanitarian and diplomatic efforts. United States President Barack Obama’s pledge to extend air…

Swiss leader’s commute turns Twitter sensation

A photo showing Swiss President Didier Burkhalter waiting for a train at Neuchâtel station, alone and without bodyguards, made waves on Twitter on Thursday, receiving 800 retweets around the world.…

Isis intent on ‘house of blood’: UN rights chief

Published: 08 Sep 2014 THELOCAL.CH The jihadist militants who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria are intent upon creating “a house of blood”, the UN’s new human rights…

Refugee policy – Syrian migrant who lost baby on train journey gets asylum

A Syrian woman who controversially experienced a miscarriage on a train sending her back to Italy through Switzerland has received asylum in Italy along with her family. In July, the…

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM : Headscarves should remain allowed in passport photos, cabinet says

The Swiss cabinet has advised parliament not to adopt a motion from a rightwing parliamentarian to ban women from wearing headscarves in their passport photos. Oskar Freysinger of the Swiss…

EU an UKRAINE: Swiss stance on Russia sanctions divide opinion

stance on Russia sanctions divides opinions By Peter Siegenthaler AUG 26, 2014 – 11:00 Swiss vegetables and cheese are more popular in Russia than ever as a result of Russian…

Swiss fast-track asylum process advances

SEP 3, 2014 – 18:00 The fast-track pilot project at the Juch asylum centre in Zurich this year has been a success, according to the federal authorities (Keystone) The Swiss…

ONLINE SPACE FOR IDEAS: Arab-Swiss cultural exchange goes digital

It’s taken nearly a whole year of planning, but a new website by the Cairo branch of the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia, has started promoting cultural interaction between Egypt…

Humanity First Opens its First School in Mafraq, Jordan

HUMANITY FIRST has opened its first school in MAFRAQ, JORDAN with 75 Syrian Refugee children and 25 needy Jordanian children.  We are starting this school in Kindergarten level and –…

SWITZERLAND: BY THE NUMBERS: Young and jobless? The solution isn’t always university

By Duc-Quang Nguyen INFOSWISS.CH Over the last 20 years, the number of university graduates has been steadily rising all over the world. That’s true in Switzerland, too, although historically fewer…

TAX EVASION: Expectations too high for Pakistan-Swiss talks

A delegation from Pakistan is currently in Switzerland to re-negotiate the double taxation agreement between the two countries. However, Pakistan is unlikely to gain access to information on its citizens’…

Switzerland: MOSQUE SHOOTING: Complaint filed against politician for Islamophobic tweet

The Islamic Central Council of Switzerland has filed charges against a Swiss politician for incitement to commit a crime after he appeared to welcome the recent shooting of a Muslim…

Opinion: Switzerland, ICRC call for respect of humanitarian law

By Didier Burkhalter and Peter Maurer 150 years ago to the day, the first Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces…

Switzerland: ASSISTED SUICIDE: Number of ‘suicide tourists’ goes up

AUG 21, 2014 – 00:30 A pilot study in the Journal of Medical Ethics has found that the number of so-called “suicide tourists” coming to Switzerland for assisted suicide services…

Shoura member to speak at world science conference in Switzerland

A leading Swiss scientific foundation has chosen a female Saudi Shoura Council member to speak alongside international personalities at a conference highlighting the role of science in finding solutions to…

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…

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