Some 7,150 people sought asylum in Switzerland in the first three months of the year, up 63 percent from a year ago, according to data released Monday by the Federal Migration Office.
Switzerland on Monday confirmed that a female national had been kidnapped in Mali's Timbuktu, the fabled city seized by Islamists after a coup in the west African nation.
Switzerland is to allow banks to hand over to the United States the names of any employees who may have helped American clients evade taxes, a Swiss newspaper reported on Saturday.
Four people were seriously injured when a suspected gas explosion tore into an apartment block in a town near northern Switzerland's Basel on Saturday, Swiss media reported.
The Sechseläuten festival takes place on Monday, with ancient guilds parading through Zurich, women showering men with flowers, and a ritualistic burning to top it off.
Several dozen pro-Palestinian activists protested at Geneva airport on Sunday, saying authorities prevented them from boarding a Tel Aviv-bound flight as part of a "fly-in" that Israel has vowed
A Swiss woman has been abducted in the rebel-held northern Malian city of Timbuktu, now controlled by Islamist fighters, a local official and a resident of the town told AFP on Sunday.