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BOON AND BANE – Ukraine crisis puts Swiss OSCE chair in spotlight

by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch April 15, 2014 – 16:24 The success of the mission by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is measured by whether it is able to help…

Switzerland: Imam school – New Islamic training centre aims to build bridges

by Abdelhafidh Abdeleli, swissinfo.ch April 8, 2014 – 15:05 The first modules of a training course for imams in Switzerland may begin in the autumn at the University of Fribourg, eventually…

Switzerland: FOREIGN QUALIFICATIONS Federal Court ruling underlines university mobility

 Swissinfo.ch Switzerland’s Federal Court has sided with a foreign student who says he should have been accepted to Lucerne University, thereby establishing that all Swiss universities must operate under the…

Grand Mosque officials take part in Swiss global inventions meet 

In a bid to develop new technologies to improve services to pilgrims, the Presidency of the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque Affairs participated in the 42nd International exhibition of Inventions…

UNDER PRESSURE: US tried to search Swatch factories for terror clues

  swissinfo.ch and agencies April 6, 2014 – 11:31 The United States pressured the watchmaking Swatch Group to open its factories in Switzerland to anti-terrorism experts, the chief executive has…

SWEET TALK – Dark chocolate said to boost stress resistance

swissinfo.ch and agencies April 7, 2014 – 11:59 Consumption of dark chocolate helps protect against harmful stress and cardiovascular diseases, scientists at the universities of Bern and Zurich have found.…

Offshoring care: Swiss Alzheimer’s patients find home in Thailand

by Luigi Jorio, swissinfo.ch in Faham, Thailand April 2, 2014 – 11:00   Palm trees and a swimming pool, games and outings – this is not a holiday camp, but a…

CRIMEA ANNEXATION- Swiss walk tightrope between the West and Russia

by Frédéric Burnand in Geneva, swissinfo.ch March 16, 2014 – 10:31 With the future status of Crimea still uncertain, Switzerland is making the most of its good standing with Moscow to impose…

What price taxation? Swiss privacy and the truth about offshore banking

Patrick L Young is expert in global financial markets working in multiple disciplines, ranging from trading independently to running exchanges. Published time: March 04, 2014 12:32 AFP Photo / Fabrice…

Crimean crisis: Burkhalter and Putin discuss Ukraine solutions

  Russian President Vladimir Putin has his eyes on Crimea (Keystone)   swissinfo.ch and agencies March 12, 2014 – 19:49   Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, in his capacity as chairman…

Swiss prisoners want to become Muslims

    Muslims get veal instead of pork in the Swiss Cantonal Prison Frauenfeld. This fact brings again Christian prisoners to want to convert to Islam. Jü . The menu…

Switzerland: Questions raised: Deportation costs soared in 2013

swissinfo.ch March 6, 2014 – 11:00 The cost of returning asylum-seekers to their home countries climbed to more than CHF4 million ($4.5 million) in 2013, almost CHF1 million more than…

Switzerland: Headscarf ban in school : Muslim parents acquitted

(sda) In the dispute over whether a Muslim girl in St.Margrethen in the canton of St. Gallen with a headscarf should attend primary school, the single judge of the district…

FIFA removes ban on headscarves

As well as Muslim women, Sikh men, who are also required to cover their hair, will also benefit from the new rule change. World Bulletin / News Desk Muslim women…

Immigration demo: Crowd shows solidarity ‘for an open Switzerland’

swissinfo.ch and agencies March 1, 2014 – 17:12   Almost 60 parties and organisations, including the Greens, the Social Democrats, unions and foreigner associations, had called for people to attend. They warned that…

Ukraine crisis : Swiss-led OSCE seen as ideal mediator in Ukraine

by Renat Kuenzi, swissinfo.ch February 26, 2014 – 16:26   Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter – who this year also acts as Swiss president and OSCE chairman – appointed senior diplomat Tim…

Doctors give up on efforts to revive Michael Schumacher: Report

Michael Schumacher has been in a state of induced coma for close to seven weeks after a tragic skiing accident. Doctors have reportedly run out of options to revive him.…

Switzerland: Obstacle race: Secret ballot for citizenship masked xenophobia

by Julia Slater, swissinfo.ch January 30, 2013 – 19:39 An analysis of naturalisation decisions taken in more than 1,400 Swiss communes between 1990 and 2010 has found a dramatic increase in…

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