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Swiss hostage released in Mali

A Swiss woman who was abducted in rebel-held Timbuktu in northern Mali last week was released Tuesday and handed over to troops from Burkina Faso.

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Late-night fun ends in electrocution

A night of partying ended in tragedy on Sunday when two young men were electrocuted, one fatally, after climbing onto freight trains at the Buchs rail depot in St. Gallen.

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Drug maker Merck slashes Swiss jobs

The struggling German pharmaceuticals group Merck KGaA said on Tuesday it would close the headquarters of a subsidiary in Geneva, cutting 580 Swiss jobs and redeploying 750 others.

Switzerland warns of vodka tampons

Switzerland warns of vodka tampons

The Swiss government has warned of the dangers associated with young people consuming alcohol with parts of the body not usually associated with drinking. 

Prosecutor pursues SVP chiefs over ‘racist’ ad

Prosecutor pursues SVP chiefs over ‘racist’ ad

A Zurich prosecutor has initiated criminal proceedings against some of the top figures in the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) for infringement of anti-racism laws.

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Swiss officials in contact with Mali kidnappers

Switzerland's foreign ministry said Monday it was in contact with a group holding a Swiss woman abducted Mali's rebel-held Timbuktu last week.