Switzerland

Sudan denies destabilizing neigbouring Chad: ambassador

Sudan denies destabilizing neigbouring Chad: ambassador Geneva - Sudan is seeking good relations with its neighbours, particularly Chad, its ambassador to Switzerland said Friday - adding he hoped for an end to the internal conflicts in Sudan too.

"We do not want to have any problems with Chad ... we want peaceful relations with Chad," said John Ukec Lueth Ukec, Sudan's ambassador to Switzerland. "Currently, we have good relations," the diplomat added.

Red Cross warns Yemen situation can worsen further

Red Cross warns Yemen situation can worsen further Geneva - The ongoing conflict in northern Yemen has been preventing the delivery of needed humanitarian supplies to people affected by the fighting, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned Thursday, adding that the situation could get worse.

"Unless more is done to protect civilians and ensure that they can receive life-saving aid, the situation will worsen further," the ICRC said in a statement.

Julius Baer to acquire ING's Swiss private bank

Julius Baer to acquire ING's Swiss private bank Geneva  - Swiss banking firm Julius Baer Group announced Wednesday it will acquire the Swiss operation of Dutch bank ING for 520 million Swiss francs (505 million dollars).

The deal includes the acquisition of ING private banks in Monaco and Jersey, the group said in a statement.

Integration is expected to be completed in mid-2010, with regulatory approval forecast for the first quarter of next year. Total estimated integration costs were about 65 million francs.

Basel bans anti-Muslim election poster

Geneva - The Swiss canton of Basel-Stadt has banned a political campaign poster it deemed to be racially prejudiced against Muslims, local media reported Tuesday.

The poster, part of a campaign by the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) to forbid minarets across the country, shows a veiled woman, standing next to a Swiss flag which is pierced by menacing- looking towers.

"Stop! Yes for the ban on minarets," is written next to the image, in French- and German- language posters.

The Swiss will vote on a referendum to ban the construction of minarets, put forward by the SVP, on November 29.

Basel decided the posters violated a local law banning posting items which contain racist or discriminatory content.

Novartis begins shipment of swine flu vaccine to US

Novartis begins shipment of swine flu vaccine to USGeneva  - Swiss drugmaker Novartis said Tuesday it has started shipping vaccines against the A(H1N1) virus, better known as swine flu, to the United States.

The company began sending doses last week from a production seed strain provided by the World Health Organization. This strain had a low yield, but Novartis said it has switched to a higher yielding one to allow for larger production volumes.

'Poor countries being ignored in economic crisis'

'Poor countries being ignored in economic crisis' Geneva, Oct 2 : The global community needs to urgently address the marginalisation of the world's poorest countries while discussing ways out of the economic meltdown, says Ujal Singh Bhatia, India's ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

"Marginalisation of low income economies in the multilateral trade policy making process and in international efforts to contain the ongoing economic crisis is an unaddressed challenge in the contemporary global dialogue," Bhatia told the just-ended WTO public forum here.

After progress in Geneva, Obama keeps up pressure on Iran

After progress in Geneva, Obama keeps up pressure on IranVienna/Geneva - If Thursday's agreement on further talks between Iran, the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany gave reason for some optimism, US President Barack Obama made clear he would keep up the pressure on the Islamic state.

Experts say it was exactly the mounting pressure from Western powers in past weeks - a combination of setting an ultimatum, threatening sanctions and carefully timed intelligence leaks - that pushed Iran forward in the talks in Geneva on Thursday.

Polanski prosecutor defends extradition request

Polanski prosecutor defends extradition requestLos Angeles  - In his first comments since filing for the extradition of Roman Polanski, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley defended his actions, saying that the famous director committed a crime and could not be allowed to remain a fugitive to justice.

"It's about completing justice," Cooley told KTLA television news Thursday. "Justice is not complete when someone leaves the jurisdiction of the court."

Defago breaks thumb in second injury blow for Swiss

Didier DefagoZermatt, Switzerland  - Swiss skier Didier Defago broke his right thumb in a training accident on Thursday and is expected to miss the start of the World Cup season.

It was the second injury setback this week for the Swiss ski team after Lara Gut dislocated her hip in a training accident on Tuesday.

Defago fell during a downhill training run at Zermatt. He was to undergo surgery later Thursday and is expected to miss the start of the season in just over three weeks in Soelden, Austria.

Swiss diplomats visit US prisoners in Iran jail

Swiss diplomats visit US prisoners in Iran jail Geneva - Swiss diplomats have been allowed to visit three United States citizens being held in Iranian jail, officials in Bern confirmed Wednesday.

The three have been in jail since July, when they were accused of entering Iran illegally.

The US has welcomed the visit from the Swiss, who represent Washington in Tehran since the aftermath of Islamic revolution and the subsequent cutting of ties between the two capitals.

Global trade to fall by 10 percent this year

Global trade to fall by 10 percent this yearGeneva, Sep 30  Global trade, projected to fall by a full 10 percent this year, could be dealt an even bigger blow if members of the World Trade Organization were to adopt the full range of protectionist measures they are allowed, the head of the WTO has warned.

Exporters could be faced with tariff hurdles twice their current level, Pascal Lamy told delegates at the annual WTO public forum.

US negotiation team arrives in Geneva ahead of Iran talks

US negotiation team arrives in Geneva ahead of Iran talksGeneva - Washington's delegation to the six-party talks with Iran arrived in Geneva Wednesday, officials said.

The team was being headed by William Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs.

The United States, Russia, China, Britain and France- the so called P5 - along with Germany were expected to begin talks with Iran Thursday, to be hosted by the Swiss city.

The last round of talks, in 2008, were also held in Geneva, but yielded little progress.

UN: 5 million poor HIV patients without medicine

UN: 5 million poor HIV patients without medicineGeneva - The number of HIV/AIDS patients in poor and middle income countries receiving antiretroviral therapy increased last year by 36 per cent, United Nations agencies reported Wednesday.

In total, some 4 million people in the developing and emerging world were receiving the therapy by the close of 2008. That figure includes 45 per cent of HIV-positive pregnant women, who are seeking to prevent transmission to their children.

Gut to miss World Cup start after bad training fall

Lara-GutSaas-Fee, Switzerland  - Swiss skier Lara Gut will miss the start of the World Cup alpine ski season after dislocating her hip in a training accident on Tuesday.

Gut, 18, fell badly during a giant-slalom practice at Saas-Fee, damaging her right hip.

She was taken by helicopter initially to a hospital at nearby Visp where the hip was readjusted. She was was then transferred to Berne for further tests.

Gut, who won two silver medals at the world championships in Val d'Isere in February, is likely to be out of action for at least a month. It means she will miss the World Cup season start in Soelden, Austria on October 24.(dpa)

Director Roman Polanski arrested in Switzerland

Film director Roman Polanski Zurich  - Film director Roman Polanski has been arrested as he arrived in Switzerland to attend a film festival, police in Zurich said Sunday.

The director, who has been wanted since 1978 in the US on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, had been due to receive a prize at the Zurich Film Festival.

The Swiss police are believed to be acting on the request of US authorities.

Polanksi, born in Poland and now a French citizen, is best known for Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Pianist (2002).  dpa

WTO to consider Brazil-US orange juice dispute

WTO to consider Brazil-US orange juice dispute Geneva - The World Trade Organization established Friday a panel to judge a dispute brought by Brazil against the United States over orange juice imports.

Brazil's complaint is similar to others brought against the United States by various countries on different products, and pertains to Washington's method of calculating anti-dumping margins.

The complaints say the US method is unfair and places a heavy burden on exports, not in keeping with WTO agreements.

WTO panels have previously ruled against the method.

Bern gets two Russian bears, Mischa and Mascha, as Medvedev visits

Bern gets two Russian bears, Mischa and Mascha, as Medvedev visits Geneva  - Mischa and Mascha became Tuesday the two newest residents of the Swiss capital Bern when the wife of visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev officially handed the bears over to the city's parks.

In return, Alexander Tschappat, the mayor of Bern, gave Svetlana Medvedev two bears from Switzerland: one made of chocolate and one of gold, local media reported.

WHO: Better controls needed for carcinogenic radon gas

WHO: Better controls needed for carcinogenic radon gas Geneva  - Radon exposure is a serious and growing public health threat in homes, which the World Health Organization said Tuesday requires stronger government intervention.

Fadela Chaib, a WHO spokeswoman in Geneva, said her organization had released a new handbook to help countries introduce or strengthen programmes to control the presence of the gas.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has been classified as a human carcinogen, and can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer.

Swiss upgrades economic forecast, warns on unemployment

Swiss upgrades economic forecast, warns on unemployment Geneva  - The Swiss government on Tuesday upgraded its economic forecast, but warned of weak growth in 2010 and higher unemployment, while trade was likely to remain hard hit by the global economic crisis.

A report from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs noted that the global economy was recovering faster than anticipated as was Switzerland.

SECO estimated a decline in gross domestic product (GDP) of 1.7 per cent this year, instead of its previous forecast of a drop of 2.7 per cent.

Minister: Palestinians to seek WTO membership

Minister: Palestinians to seek WTO membership Geneva  - The Palestinian Authority would seek observer status at the World Trade Organization as part of a process of building state institutions, a minister said Tuesday.

"We are seeking observer status at the WTO, as a preparation for statehood," said Basim Khoury, economics minister in the Palestinian Authority, which is based in Ramallah.

"We would like Palestine to be open to the world," he said, adding that eventually the government would strive to have full membership in the trade body.




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