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PUBLIC EYE: ‘WEF meeting has lost most of its symbolic meaning’

By Samuel Jaberg in Davos JAN 21, 2015 – 11:00 The plug is being pulled on a naming and shaming award for companies allegedly guilty of irresponsible business practices. The…

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES : Asylum applications reviewed for terror ties

The Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) is reviewing asylum applications as a measure to prevent potential terrorists from entering Switzerland, checking into applicants‘ backgrounds for signs of jihadist activities. “Asylum applications…

POST-PARIS ATTACKS : Integration ‘not an antidote’ to Islamic extremism

By Daniele Mariani JAN 13, 2015 – 16:50 In Europe, Islamist radicalism varies from country to country. Integration, foreign policy, ethnic origin and the absence of radical preachers may play…

REFUGEE CRISIS : Swiss aim to expand support for Syrians

The Swiss government has tasked foreign ministry and justice ministry with working out proposals on how best to reinforce Swiss support for victims of the Syrian conflict on a long…

Post-Paris Attacks: Integration ‘not an antidote’ to Islamic extremism

By Daniele Mariani swissinfo.ch JAN 13, 2015 – 16:50 Around 80% of all Muslims in Switzerland are from the Balkans region or Turkey where Islam is moderate and rarely politicised,…

Swiss Right-wing MP calls for ban on Muslim refugees

Published: 09 Jan 2015 11:44 GMT+01:00    The politician behind the successful campaign to ban the construction of new minarets in Switzerland is now calling for a ban on certain…

REFUGE FOR REFUGEES : Groups urge Switzerland to accept 100,000 Syrians

A Syrian boy chops scrap wood outside of his tent at a refugee camp in Lebanon (Keystone) In an open letter to the authorities, 27 organisations have urged Switzerland to…

Prince Ali to stand for FIFA presidency

Reuters 14 hrs ago © REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (C) arrives for the opening of the 17th Parliament’s second ordinary session in Amman November 2, 2014.…

Former believer speaks out: ‘Scientology makes life a living hell for former members’ By Gaby Ochsenbein

A.B.* has severed ties with Scientology, recently leaving after many years. The former member, who knows the organisation inside out, now wants to help keep people from joining the “totalitarian…

Lausanne scientists step up search for alien life

Published: 30 Dec 2014 09:26 GMT+01:00 Swiss and Belgian researchers said on Monday they have devised the first tiny motion detector that could help find microscopic life forms on distant…

A POLARISED WORLD ICRC boss: more money and staff needed to tackle crises

By Frédéric Burnand    swissinfo.ch DEC 29, 2014 – 11:00 In the suburbs of Aleppo on November 17, 2014: The ICRC is the only foreign aid organisation working in the contested…

Bern Imam named ‘Swiss of the Year’

Bern imam named Swiss of the Year By Jeannie Wurz DEC 28, 2014 – 15:19 Imam Mustafa Memeti of Bern has been named Swiss of the Year by the newspaper SonntagsZeitung.…

Switzerland: Court backs right for schoolgirl to wear scarf

Court backs right for schoolgirl to wear scarf Published: 13 Nov 2014 08:05 GMT+01:00     A court in the canton of Saint Gallen has overturned a ban issued by a…

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope

Photo: David Geisser Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope Published: 19 Dec 2014 11:03 CET     Although better known today for their colourful uniforms than their centuries-old reputation as…

MULTICULTURAL TEAMWORK : Immigration enriches Swiss sport, says minister

Sport is not only a means of integrating foreigners into Swiss society – the country’s teams also benefit from immigration, according to Sports Minister Ueli Maurer. In an interview with…

VEILED : Plans for burqa ban win ground

A large majority of citizens is apparently in favour of introducing a nationwide ban on burqas for Moslem women in Switzerland according to an opinion poll. More than 60% of…

PHD POTENTIAL: Switzerland’s Indian migrants as agents of change

PHD POTENTIAL Switzerland’s Indian migrants as agents of change By Anand Chandrasekhar DEC 19, 2014 – 11:00 India must recognise and tap the potential of its brainy returnee migrants (Keystone) The…

PILOT PROJECT : Pioneering course helps refugees integrate

In canton Lucerne a pilot project is building new opportunities for refugees who have been granted asylum in Switzerland. (SRG Schweiz Aktuell,  swissinfo.ch) Sursee in canton Lucerne is breaking new…

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