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European states to create anti-trafficking taskforce

Ginebra - Switzerland, Germany and Italy are preparing to launch a joint taskforce to detect and dismantle networks smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

Mediterranean migrant crossings top 300,000 in 2015: UN

Ginebra - The number of refugees and migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean to Europe has soared past 300,000 this year, and some 2,500 more have died trying, the UN said Friday.

Italian BASE jumper dies in Swiss Alps stunt

Ginebra - A 46-year-old Italian plunged to his death in the Swiss Alps Thursday after crashing onto rocks during a BASE jump, the second such accident in Switzerland in under a year, police said.

WHO to study use of sanctions as part of global epidemic response

Ginebra - The World Health Organization said Tuesday it will study the idea of using sanctions to punish countries that do not comply with global health regulations, following widespread failures in the response to the Ebola outbreak.

'Thousands' of political heavyweights hold Swiss accounts: official

Bern - Thousands of so-called "politically exposed persons", or PEPs -- a category that includes heads of state and other top officials -- hold Swiss bank accounts, a Swiss foreign ministry official said Monday.

Pilot killed in collision at Swiss air show: Police

Ginebra - A pilot was killed when two small stunt planes collided Sunday at an air show in northern Switzerland, police said.The second pilot managed to eject from his plane and parachuted to the ground after the 0915 GMT (11:15 am) collision in Dittingen.

From Rolex to buttocks: Swiss city embraces the art of nudity

Biel - The Swiss city of Biel and its peaceable citizens is known as the world capital for watchmaking.But could the home of Rolex and Swatch also gain an unlikely reputation for naked flesh?

Europe needs more 'rational' discussion on migrants: UN refugee chief

Ginebra - Attitudes towards migrants in Europe "are more emotional than rational", with denial about the realities of migration helping fuel the current crisis, the head of the UN's refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, said Thursday.

'Indifference' behind surging migrant numbers to Europe: Red Cross chief

Ginebra - Indifference is to blame for Europe's biggest migrant crisis since World War II, the Red Cross chief has told AFP, urging the world to "wake up" to the real extent of the problem.

New figures show scale of EU’s migrant crisis

Ginebra - A record 107,500 migrants crossed the European Union's borders last month, according to new figures, showing they are arriving in dramatically increasing numbers and creating a humanitarian crisis for the 28-nation bloc.

Nearly 21,000 migrants hit Greek shores last week: UN

Ginebra - The number of migrants arriving in crisis-hit Greece is accelerating dramatically, with nearly 21,000 landing on the overstretched Greek islands last week alone, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Germany's Steinmeier urges EU-Swiss talks on immigration limits

Ginebra - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday urged the European Union to negotiate with Switzerland on Bern's plans for new quotas on immigration from the bloc.

Send refugees home after wars end, urges Swiss politician

Ginebra - A leading Swiss politician said people fleeing conflict should only receive temporary protection in Switzerland, calling for a rethinking of the country's approach to asylum seekers in an interview published Sunday.

Bodies found at base of Swiss cliff in possible murder-suicide

Ginebra - Swiss police said they found the bodies of a man and his two young children at the base of a cliff on Friday, in what appeared to be a possible murder-suicide.

Turkish crackdown on 'ghost ships' sparked migrant drive to Greece: IOM

Ginebra - Turkish efforts to stop traffickers from sending large "ghost ships" crammed with migrants towards Italy has sparked the surge in arrivals in Greece, the International Organization for Migration said Thursday.

Unpaid UN intern quits after uproar over Swiss tent home

Ginebra - A young New Zealander on Wednesday quit a prestigious but unpaid internship at the United Nations in Geneva after revelations he was sleeping in a tent to get by created uproar.

Op-Ed: Obama’s bold carbon plan is in fact, a work of fiction

President Obama’s plan to reduce CO2 power plant emissions by 32 percent, in fact, only cuts emissions by 16 percent, and cuts total emissions by 7 percent.

UN condemns 'shameful' migrant conditions in Greece

Ginebra - The United Nations warned Friday that migrants landing in Greece were facing "shameful" conditions, with the crisis-hit country claiming it was unable to cope with the massive influx on its Aegean islands.

UN urges France to draw up 'civil emergency' plan for Calais migrants

Ginebra - France needs to draw up a "civil emergency" plan to give dignified accommodation to thousands of migrants who are camping out in the northern city of Calais in the hope of crossing the Channel to Britain, the UN said Friday.

Remains of two Japanese climbers found in Alps after half century

Ginebra - The remains of two Japanese climbers who disappeared in the Swiss Alps in 1970 have been found after emerging from melting ice, police said Thursday.
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