Switzerland

Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over handshake

According to the local officials, the bid was blocked due to the couple’s “lack of respect for gender equality.” In a similar episode two years ago, two Syrian brothers who refused to shake hands with female teachers sparked a national outrage in Switzerland. The authorities of Lausanne, a city in southwest Switzerland, have denied a […]

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Brazil, Nigeria gets another chance to push qualifications.

Today’s Group D match between Nigeria and Iceland took on extra significance after Argentina were emphatically beaten 3-0 by Croatia on Thursday. While the result confirmed qualification to the next round for Croatia, it opened up the group, where all three remaining teams can still join Croatia in the round of 16. Argentina and Iceland […]

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Eritrea tops 2017 list of asylum seekers in Switzerland.

Migration authorities in Switzerland say Eritreans topped the list of asylum seekers into the country over the course of 2017. Eritreans made up almost a fifth of requests followed by Syrians, Afghans and people from Turkey – the Turks largely in the category of people fleeing a crackdown arising from a failed coup in 2016. […]

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Swiss to return $321 million in stolen funds to Nigeria

Switzerland will return to Nigeria around $321 million in assets seized from the family of former military ruler Sani Abacha via a deal signed with the World Bank on Monday, the Swiss government said. Transparency International, a corruption watchdog, has accused Abacha of stealing up to $5 billion of public money during the five years […]

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