Syria's warring sides traded accusations Friday over the failure to achieve concrete results at peace talks in Geneva, amid doubts over the regime's participation in a planned new round in February.
France and Switzerland enjoyed perfect starts to their Davis Cup tennis World Group first round ties on Friday but the Czech Republic stuttered in their quest for a third consecutive title.
Despite the slim pickings from a week of UN-brokered peace talks between Syria's warring sides, getting them to the table at all was a huge feat in itself.
Swiss Economy MInister Johann Schneider-Ammann is in the political hot seat over revelations that his family company may have used a subsidiary in the Channel Islands to dodge taxes before he joined the government.
Internet courses offered by Swiss universities through the Coursera online learning platform that were supposed to be accessible anywhere in the world have been blocked in four countries by American government sanctions.