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Venezuela judges target protesters: jurist body

Venezuela's judiciary is cracking down on students and dissidents while allowing nine out of ten other crimes, including thousands of murders, to go unpunished, an international watchdog said in Geneva on Thursday.

Burkhalter set for Ukraine president's inauguration

Burkhalter set for Ukraine president's inauguration

Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, who chairs European security body the OSCE, will attend the inauguration of Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko on Saturday, his office announced on Thursday.

Swiss heatwave expected over holiday weekend

Swiss heatwave expected over holiday weekend

After a tentative start to summer, punctuated by cool spells and rain, Switzerland is bracing for its first heatwave this long Whitsun weekend.

Thieves steal 200 bicycles from bike maker

Thieves steal 200 bicycles from bike maker

Bicycle thefts are commonplace in Switzerland but it's not every day that 200 are stolen in one fell swoop.

Red Cross freezes Libya work after Swiss death

Red Cross freezes Libya work after Swiss death

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is temporarily freezing its operations in Libya to reevaluate the security situation after a Swiss staffer was killed by gunmen.

FINMA blocks launch of Zurich bitcoin ATM

FINMA blocks launch of Zurich bitcoin ATM

A bitcoin company that planned to open an ATM in Zurich on Wednesday said it has been forced to suspend the launch at the request of FINMA, Switzerland's financial regulatory authority.

Insurer backs woman disabled from pill use

Insurer backs woman disabled from pill use

Swiss health insurance company CSS is backing one of its clients, a woman who became severely disabled from using a birth control pill, in appealing to the supreme court a ruling that denied her damages from the drug maker.