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Pakistan Taliban say they have Swiss hostages

Pakistan Taliban militants on Friday said they were holding a Swiss couple kidnapped a month ago while on holiday in the remote province of Baluchistan.

Arms exports to Arab nations criticized

Arms exports to Arab nations criticized

Activists have criticized the fact that Switzerland is increasing its arms exports to Arab regimes at a time of unrest in the Middle East.

Half of Swiss men share ‘pharaoh gene’

Half of Swiss men share ‘pharaoh gene’

Every second Swiss male is related to the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, according to researchers in Zurich.

National day to be celebrated with with new apple

National day to be celebrated with with new apple

Switzerland will celebrate its founding this year with its own new apple species, the Galmac, adding a new twist to William Tell's mythical apple-shot which indirectly led to Swiss independence.

Surging franc pushes SNB into the red

Surging franc pushes SNB into the red

The Swiss National Bank has announced a consolidated loss of Sfr.10.8 billion for the first half of 2011 largely as a result of the surging value of the Swiss franc.