UBS silent on fate of chief executive

UBS silent on fate of chief executive

Swiss banking giant UBS ended a board meeting in Singapore on Friday but there was no word on the fate of chief executive Oswald Gruebel, who is under fire following a rogue-trading scandal.

Explained: the rise and rise of the Swiss franc

Explained: the rise and rise of the Swiss franc

Why did Switzerland’s currency surge into overdrive, and has enough been done to rein in the runaway franc? Contributor Meritxell Mir caught up with economist David Meier to get the lowdown on the risk of a Swiss slowdown.

Why bilingual education is good for children

Why bilingual education is good for children

Parents often worry that bringing up their children bilingual will lead them to fall behind in their first language. But Pam Bremer, director of Obersee Bilingual School, explains that biligualism not only makes children better linguists - it sharpens their brains in other ways too.

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Hospital knew about sex abuse nurse: report

A male nurse suspected of sexually abusing women while they were under anaesthetic first came to his employer's attention in spring this year but was allowed to continue working after a one-week suspension, Blick newspaper reports.

 

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SVP urges referendum over Zurich sex stalls

The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) is calling for a referendum to be held over the erection on the outskirts of Zurich of controversial new drive-in sex stalls for prostitutes and their clients.

Platini will have to testify: FC Sion

Platini will have to testify: FC Sion

UEFA president Michel Platini will have to appear in court to explain why he refused to reinstate FC Sion to the Europa League, an FC Sion spokesman said on Thursday.

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Switzerland lifts Libya oil firm sanctions

Switzerland said Friday that it has lifted sanctions against two Libyan oil firms -- National Oil Corporation and its affiliated Zueitina Oil Corporation, as well as Afriqiyah Airways.

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Swiss slap fresh sanctions on Syria

Switzerland on Friday announced fresh sanctions on Syria, saying that it would impose an embargo on the import, sales and transport of Syrian oil and oil products.

Boffins blown away by faster-than-light particles

Boffins blown away by faster-than-light particles

Physicists reported on Thursday that sub-atomic particles called neutrinos can travel faster than light, a finding that -- if verified -- would blast a hole in Einstein's theory of relativity.