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Support for immigrant quotas rises before vote

Support for immigrant quotas rises before vote

A plan by Swiss right-wing populists to reimpose immigration quotas for citizens from the European Union has won increased support ahead of a referendum, raising the prospect of a clash with Brussels, a new poll shows.

Syria foes note progress in Geneva peace talks

Syria foes note progress in Geneva peace talks

Syria's opposition said peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Geneva took a step forward on Wednesday with discussions on a transitional government after four days of deadlock.

Ten things Google says about Switzerland

Ten things Google says about Switzerland

What does the world wonder about Switzerland? You would need extensive polling to find out. But Google's autocomplete search function gives us a rough idea. Here, we list ten things that the search engine has to say about Switzerland.

UK clubs outspend on football transfers: FIFA

UK clubs outspend on football transfers: FIFA

The value of the international player transfer market jumped by 41 percent to $3.7 billion (2.7bn euros) last year, with British clubs driving a quarter of business, Zurich-based FIFA said on Wednesday.

Police seize speeding bishop's driving licence

Police seize speeding bishop's driving licence

Swiss police suspended the driver's licence of the catholic bishop of Lugano after he was caught speeding at 160 kilometres an hour, the Italian-language state TV broadcaster RSI reported.

Exchange rates cut Novartis profits for 2013

Exchange rates cut Novartis profits for 2013

Basel-based pharmaceuticals giant Novartis on Wednesday announced that its net profit fell one percent in 2013 to $9.2 billion from the previous year, blaming the impact of unfavourable exchange rates.

Record set as mercury plunges to minus 31

Record set as mercury plunges to minus 31

If you felt chillier than usual in Switzerland last night you weren't imagining it — Tuesday night was in fact the coldest night so far this year with temperatures sinking as low as minus 31 degrees in parts of the country.

Neuchâtel reinstates plagiarizing expat prof

Neuch√Ętel reinstates plagiarizing expat prof

The Neuch√Ętel government after lengthy deliberations said on Wednesday it has lifted the suspension of an expat Canadian university professor accused of plagiarism while issuing a reprimand against him.

Heavy metal fan dies after leap from stage

Heavy metal fan dies after leap from stage

A man who dived off the stage at a heavy metal concert in Solothurn died after the crowd failed to catch him, media reported on Tuesday.