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Syria’s UN human rights envoy defects in Geneva

Syria's top representative at the UN Human Rights Council said Monday he had defected because he no longer felt able in that position to do anything for the Syrian people.

Swiss set to vote on proposed smoking ban

Swiss set to vote on proposed smoking ban

Voters across Switzerland will decide next month on a national initiative to protect people from second-hand smoke from cigarettes.

Zurich’s Street Parade draws a million revellers

Zurich’s Street Parade draws a million revellers

Almost a million partygoers swarmed the centre of Zurich for the annual Street Parade, the biggest outdoor party in Switzerland, which wound down in the wee hours of Sunday.

Swiss TV pulls plug on Olympic closing gig

Swiss TV pulls plug on Olympic closing gig

Switzerland’s national TV network, SF, received an earful of complaints after the broadcaster pulled the plug on coverage of the closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games before the event ended.

Zurich children’s hospital lifts circumcision ban

Zurich children’s hospital lifts circumcision ban

A Swiss hospital announced on Friday that it has lifted a moratorium on religiously-motivated circumcisions imposed in July in the wake of a court ruling in neighbouring Germany.

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German-Swiss tax fraud row grows

Accusations that Swiss banks are helping German citizens dodge taxes grew Saturday, as Switzerland's President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf dismissed the charges.

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Swiss hostage in Yemen makes new video appeal

A Swiss woman being held hostage in eastern Yemen has made a second video appeal to the Swiss government to help her, the Sonntags Zeitung reported on Sunday.

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South Korean, Austrian killed in Swiss Alps

A South Korean climber and an Austrian BASE-jumper lost their lives in the Swiss Alps over the weekend, police in Bern Canton said on Sunday.