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Swiss back new citizenship rules in defeat for rightwing

Geneva - Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, crushing rightwing nationalists who had stoked fears about granting nationality to more Muslims.

Anti-Muslim poster clouds Swiss citizenship vote

Geneva - The woman's shadowed eyes stare out from a black niqab with the poster's tagline urging Swiss voters to reject "uncontrolled naturalisation.

Swiss court tightens asylum criteria for Eritreans

Geneva - A Swiss court has slammed shut the Alpine country's open-door policy toward Eritreans which had automatically granted them refugee status.In announcing its decision Thursday, the court said the lax policy was unjustified.

Switzerland to lift ban on gay, bisexual men giving blood

Geneva - Switzerland on Tuesday said it would lift its 40-year ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood but will still prohibit donations from those who have had sex in the last year.

Swiss police detain Tibet protesters as Xi arrives

Geneva - Swiss police on Sunday detained 32 people protesting conditions in Tibet as Chinese President Xi Jinping began a state visit in the wealthy Alpine nation.

Al-Qaeda ally releases video showing Swiss hostage alive: SITE

Washington - Al-Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa released Tuesday a new proof-of-life video of Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockly, held hostage in Mali by the group since last January, US-based monitoring group SITE said.

Swiss Muslim girls must take swimming classes with boys: Europe court

Strasbourg - Muslim parents in Switzerland cannot refuse to send their daughters to school-run swimming lessons with boys, Europe's top rights court said Tuesday, dismissing a challenge by a Turkish-Swiss couple claiming the rule violated their beliefs.

Cyprus: four decades of division and negotiations

Nicosia - Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops occupied the northern third of the Mediterranean island in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece.

Greek justice minister vows speedy corruption inquiry

Atenas - Greece's justice minister on Tuesday promised a "swift and thorough" investigation into suspected corruption by civil servants and Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis.

Swiss police say Muslim prayer hall shooter found dead

Geneva - Swiss police said Tuesday that they had found the body of a man suspected of opening fire and injuring three men at a Muslim prayer hall in Zurich.

Three hurt in shooting at Muslim prayer hall in Zurich: police

Zurich - A man burst into a Muslim prayer hall in the Swiss city of Zurich on Monday and started shooting, injuring three men, according to police, who have launched a manhunt for the shooter.

Swiss parliament finally agrees on EU migrant curbs plan

Geneva - The Swiss parliament on Friday finally agreed on a plan to curb immigration from the EU, as called for in a 2014 referendum, without jeopardising its vital relationship with the bloc.

Nazi-era stolen art hoard to go to Swiss museum, court says

Munich - A German court Thursday threw out a challenge to the will of collector Cornelius Gurlitt, clearing the way for a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard found in his home to go to a Swiss museum.

Swiss reject speedy nuclear phaseout

Geneva - Switzerland's ageing nuclear reactors will keep running for the foreseeable future, after voters Sunday rejected a call to speed up the phaseout of the plants.A full 54.

Rare blue diamond goes under hammer in Geneva for $17 million

Geneva - A rare blue diamond on Wednesday sold in Geneva for just over $17 million, as Sotheby's eyed total sales in excess of $100 million at the autumn jewel auctions.The 8.01-carat "Sky Blue" diamond in a Cartier setting was snapped up for $17.1 million (15....

UN hails 'significant progress' in Cyprus talks

Geneva - The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have made "significant progress" in talks over the reunification of Cyprus, the United Nations said late Friday.

Cyprus town's future hangs in Swiss talks balance

Morphou - When Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders meet for land-for-peace talks on Monday aimed at ending the island's decades-old division, the future of a famed orange-growing centre will be a core dispute.

Territory row looms over Cyprus showdown talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders will broach a multi-billion-euro territory dispute next week in Switzerland as part of UN-backed peace talks aimed at solving one of the world's longest-running political crises.

E. Guinea's leader's son faces Swiss corruption probe

Geneva - Geneva prosecutors said Thursday they have opened a money laundering probe targeting the son of Equatorial Guinea's leader, accused of plundering his country to buy luxuries including a private jet and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

Swiss police detain imam over 'call to kill Muslims'

Geneva - Swiss police arrested an imam at a controversial mosque near Zurich on Wednesday after he allegedly urged followers to kill fellow Muslims who refused to join communal prayers.

Jihadists storing loot at Swiss port? Geneva says no way

Geneva - When a leading French politician said Switzerland's free ports were helping terrorists hide stolen assets, Swiss officials offered a blunt rebuke.

Swiss billionaire fined $4 mn over undeclared artwork: reports

Geneva - Swiss customs authorities have slapped a billionaire with a $4 million fine for failing to properly declare some 200 artworks imported into Switzerland, according to media reports confirmed by officials Sunday.

On Greek islands, children of war hungry for school

Ch - Standing with a group of children outside a refugee camp on the Greek island of Chios, little Roza can't wait to get an early start to her day."Good school, good school!" she beams, her backpack on and pigtails bobbing.

French minister says stolen art may fund terror via 'free ports'

Washington - French Finance Minister Michel Sapin on Thursday called on the Group of 20 to prevent the use of so-called "free ports" in the sale of stolen art to fund terrorism.

Malaysia's 1MDB scandal involved 'Ponzi scheme': Swiss prosecutor

Geneva - Switzerland said Wednesday it had widened its probe into Malaysia's scandal-tainted state investment fund, 1MDB, with transactions worth $800 million under scrutiny and evidence pointing to fraud through "a Ponzi scheme".

Swiss army helicopter crash kills two

Geneva - A Swiss army helicopter crashed in a high alpine pass on Wednesday, killing two aviators and leaving a third person injured, the Swiss army said.

Swiss lawmakers approve step towards burqa ban

Geneva - Switzerland's lower house on Tuesday narrowly approved a draft bill on a nationwide burqa ban, the ATS news agency reported, but the measure remains far from coming into force.

EU warns Switzerland after region's vote on migrant curbs

Brussels - The EU warned Switzerland on Monday over a vote by one of its cantons backing curbs on migrants, an issue being closely watched in London as a possible template for Brexit negotiations.

Brussels, Rome voice exasperation at Swiss region vote on migrant curbs

Geneva - The European Union and Rome voiced exasperation Monday after the southern Swiss canton of Ticino voted to curb job access for workers living across the border in Italy.

France asks Switzerland to hand over 45,000 UBS accounts: report

Paris - French tax authorities have asked Switzerland to hand over client information for some 45,000 bank accounts as part of a probe into alleged tax fraud, Le Parisien daily said Monday.
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