Fitch ratings agency downgraded Swiss bank UBS on Thursday while putting 12 other major European and US banks on negative ratings watches, amid worries over fragile global growth.
The Swiss government has received a petition calling for it to regularize the status of undocumented foreigners living in the country.
The number of people infected with the sexually transmitted disease syphilis doubled in the period 2006 to 2010 in the south-west canton, especially among the gay community, new figures show.
Fribourg, a canton in central Switzerland, is continuing to thrive in spite of the ongoing currency troubles that have afflicted much of the Swiss economy.
Education officials in Zurich have issued a new directive restricting access to international schools, effectively removing the alternative for children who live in Switzerland on a permanent basis.