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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…

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…

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