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Swiss unis ‘may impose quotas on foreigners’

Swiss universities can limit the number of foreigners who enroll if there is a shortage of available spots at the school, education experts have found. Some had worried that foreign quotas violated international agreements.

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ABB wins $1 bn wind farm power link order

Swiss engineering giant ABB said Tuesday it has won a $1 billion (706 million euros) order from Dutch-German transmission grid operator TenneT to link offshore wind farms to the German power grid.

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Mining giant sees profits soar

Anglo-Swiss mining giant Xstrata said Tuesday its first half net profit jumped 27 percent to $2.9 billion (€2.0 billion) and that it expected even better earnings for the second half.

Number of Swiss farms continues to fall

Number of Swiss farms continues to fall

In 2010, the number of farms in Switzerland fell to below 60,000, according to figures released Tuesday by the federal statistics office. The number of organic farms is also shrinking.

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Massive explosion destroys house

A large explosion destroyed a house in the village of Rüfenach early on Monday morning, killing one man. Police suspect the explosion might have been intentional.