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Foreigners in Switzerland surpass 2 million mark
International flags outside the UN in Geneva. Photo: Martial Trezzini/AFP

For the first time, there are now more than two million foreigners living in Switzerland.

US and Russia meet in Geneva for Syria talks
John Kerry with UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva on Thursday for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Swiss sports court upholds Russia ban from Paralympics
Head of Russia's Paralympic Committee Vladimir Lukin. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Russia has lost an appeal against a suspension issued over a vast, state-run doping programme.

Swiss Post trials robot parcel deliveries in Bern
The robots are designed to carry out local deliveries autonomously. Photo: Starship

Robots will be seen on the streets of the Swiss capital next month.

Germany bolsters Swiss border against refugees
Ther Swiss-German border at Kreuzlingen. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The number of refugees trying to enter Germany through Switzerland has risen significantly in 2016.

Brexit
Survey: Swiss optimistic about Brexit effect
Many Swiss reportedly now see Britain as an ally. Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

Most Swiss now think Brexit will have a positive effect on Switzerland, according to a new survey.

Refugee crisis
Refugee aid group decries 'confusion' at Swiss border
Como station. Photo: Muszka/GoogleMaps

Refugees are faced with “confusion and uncertainty” at Chiasso, according to an aid agency.

Swiss Re: natural disasters prove costly this year
Floods in Europe cost insurance companies $2.8 billion. Photo: Guillaume Souvant/AFP

Disasters cost the world economy $71 billion (62 billion euros) in the first half of 2016.

Swiss jihad suspect arrested on return from Turkey
The man had returned to Switzerland from Turkey. Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP

The Swiss-Tunisian dual national was arrested at Zurich airport.

Rio 2016
Swiss sports journalist shot at by Rio gunman
Security agents in Rio. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP

A journalist and cameraman working at the Olympics for Swiss broadcaster RTS were threatened by a gunman.

Swiss are most frequent train travellers in Europe
The Swiss love travelling by train. Photo: SBB

And they travel further by train than anyone else in the world.

Swiss hospital starts worldwide Zika register
A pregnant woman attends a clinic in Colombia. Photo: Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

The new register will feed into research aimed at better understanding how the virus affects pregnancy.

Switzerland tops global innovation table – again
Lausanne's EPFL is at the forefront of innovation in Switzerland. File photo: Alain Herzog

Switzerland has been named the world’s most innovative country for the sixth consecutive year.

Amnesty fears for child migrants at Italian border
Migrants camp out at Milan train station. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP

Amnesty International is worried about reports that child migrants arriving at the Swiss-Italian border are being prevented from joining family in Switzerland.

Britain's May takes holiday in Switzerland
May thinks Switzerland is "wonderful" in summer. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP

And her 'neutral' choice has not been lost on the British media.

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