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Global murder rate close to 500,000: UN report

Global murder rate close to 500,000: UN report

Global homicide rates have plunged 16 percent since the beginning of the century, but nearly half a million people were still murdered worldwide in 2012, says a UN report released in Geneva on Wednesday.

First returned jihadist escapes Swiss jail time

First returned jihadist escapes Swiss jail time

The first jihadist returning to Switzerland from Syria will escape prison but has to perform 600 hours of community service, RTS, the French-language national broadcaster reported on Wednesday.

Uber starts app-driven ride service in Basel

Uber starts app-driven ride service in Basel

Uber, provider of the controversial ride-sharing app for smartphones that offers an alternative to taxis, expanded its service to a third city in Switzerland on Thursday.

Rich nations slammed for ignoring migrants

The UN's human rights chief on Wednesday condemned rich nations for their indifference to waves of global migration, after new figures showed more than 3,400 people died in the Mediterranean this year trying to reach Europe.

Banker faints in trial over breaking secrecy laws

Banker faints in trial over breaking secrecy laws

A former Swiss banker fainted Wednesday at the opening of his Zurich trial for breaking Swiss bank secrecy laws by allegedly giving confidential data to WikiLeaks and German authorities, media reported.

IOC unveils futuristic plans for new home

IOC unveils futuristic plans for new home

The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee is planning to build a new headquarters budgeted at 160 million francs to bring together employees currently working in different offices.

Swiss banks eye Chinese wealth opportunities

Swiss banks eye Chinese wealth opportunities

Switzerland's banking sector, facing the end of the secrecy that was once the bedrock of its business, is turning to China as it seeks new markets for the future.

German comic acquitted of Zurich rape charges

German comic acquitted of Zurich rape charges

German comedian and TV personality Karl Dall threatened to jump in Lake Zurich on Wednesday to celebrate his acquittal in a rape case brought against him by a Swiss journalist and photographer.