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Switzerland lifts Iran sanctions after UN deal
Celebrations in Iran after the historic deal in July. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP

Switzerland lifts Iran sanctions after UN deal

August 14, 2015

Switzerland on Thursday lifted several already suspended economic sanctions against Iran, following last month's historic deal between Tehran and world powers on the Iranian nuclear programme.

Aargau sparks debate with tents for refugees
Screenshot: SRF

Aargau sparks debate with tents for refugees

July 23, 2015

Plans by the canton of Aargau to start putting asylum seekers up in army tents from next week amid a shortage of suitable accommodation have met with mixed reactions.

Switzerland needs own island off Greece: MP
Santorini is not one of the many Greek islands currently up for sale. File photo: AFP

Switzerland needs own island off Greece: MP

July 22, 2015

Maverick Swiss national councillor Pierre Rusconi has once again sparked controversy by suggesting that Greece should sell one of its islands to Switzerland to make up for its debts to the Alpine country.

Immigrant recruits may not be loyal: Army chief
Photo: Federal Defence Department

Immigrant recruits may not be loyal: Army chief

July 13, 2015

Defence Minister Ueli Maurer has provoked a backlash after questioning the loyalty to Switzerland of army recruits whose parents are immigrants.

Anti-immigration party remains most popular
Graph compares latest voter support for top five parties compared to results of 2011 election. Graph: gfs.bern

Anti-immigration party remains most popular

June 25, 2015

The right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) remains the most popular political party in Switzerland, according to the latest polling figures released this week ahead of next autumn’s national elections.

UN talks in Geneva aim to halt Yemen war
Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi movement raise their weapons during a rally in Sanaa on Sunday. Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP

UN talks in Geneva aim to halt Yemen war

June 14, 2015

UN-sponsored talks aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen by bringing representatives of the warring factions to Geneva are expected to begin on Monday, the world body said.

Hollande appeals in Geneva for climate action
Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Hollande appeals in Geneva for climate action

June 11, 2015

French President François Hollande on Thursday made a passionate call in Geneva for action to seal a world climate pact in Paris at the end of the year.

UN head calls for global climate change action
Photo: Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

UN head calls for global climate change action

May 25, 2015

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Monday called for "global action" this year to limit climate change as international weather experts began a quadrennial congress in Geneva.

City of Geneva faces left-right political divisions

May 11, 2015

Left-wing parties maintained control of the municipal executive in the city of Geneva following a second round of elections on Sunday.

Photos hurt Labour cause in UK: Swiss take
Ed Miliband: unflattering pictures caught Swiss media attention. Photo: AFP

Photos hurt Labour cause in UK: Swiss take

May 08, 2015

Blick, the tabloid newspaper with Switzerland’s biggest readership, has a graphic take on the surprise result of the UK election that saw the Conservative party defy the polls by retaining power: It’s the mugshots wot done it.

Swiss back shared migrant responsibility
Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga. Photo: AFP

Swiss back shared migrant responsibility

May 06, 2015

Switzerland said on Wednesday it would be willing to adopt an EU migration proposal currently being debated by Brussels for the even geographical distribution of asylum seekers across Europe.

Iran nuclear talks carry on into the wee hours
Police boat patrols Lausanne's Lake Geneva waterfront at night as talks continue. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Iran nuclear talks carry on into the wee hours

April 02, 2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart huddled in Lausanne all night until early dawn Thursday negotiating face-to-face as they sought to clinch a hard-fought deal to curtail Iran's nuclear programme.

Talks on Iran's nuclear future head into overtime
TV crews set up outside Beau-Rivage Palace hotel in Lausanne on Wednesday as talks continued. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Talks on Iran's nuclear future head into overtime

April 01, 2015

Russia and Iran claimed a breakthrough in Lausanne talks on a framework deal cutting back Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US denied everything had been agreed as discussions were due to resume Wednesday.

Timeline: Iran's 12-year nuclear standoff

March 31, 2015

World powers were grappling in Lausanne on Tuesday to agree by midnight to the outlines of a potentially historic deal with Iran to cut back its nuclear ambitions.

Lausanne talks aim to set Iran's nuclear future
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Lausanne talks aim to set Iran's nuclear future

March 31, 2015

Global powers were racing in Lausanne on Tuesday to reach the outlines of a deal to stop any Iranian bid to develop nuclear weapons. Here's a guide to what kind of agreement may be reached:

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