The proposal to levy fines did not mention Islam directly and is also aimed at stopping violent protesters from wearing masks, yet several politicians and campaigners refer to the measure as the "burqa ban".
Switzerland's tourism industry federation GastroSuisse warns new Covid-19 curbs without significant government support could see around half of hospitality businesses go belly-up by March-end.
Washington claims imports of medicine are exempted, but the ground reality says the opposite, as tens of thousands of Iranians in need of emergency medical care are slowly inching towards death.
The first Global Refugee Forum, which will be held on Dec. 17-18 in Geneva, will focus on areas, including arrangements for burden and responsibility-sharing, education, jobs and livelihoods, energy and infrastructure.
Nevada's Burning Man counter-culture festival has inspired spin-off events around the world that are now being studied by Swiss government anthropologists and sociologists.
The Swiss government says the ruling strengthened its ability to protect its brands such as Swiss Army, Swiss Military and Swiss Air Force, from being commercially exploited
The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in 2014 triggered international outrage that created the #bringbackourgirls Twitter campaign.
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