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Swiss vote on plan to deport criminal foreigners

Swiss voters go to the polls on Sunday to decide whether foreigners who commit serious crimes in their country should be automatically deported.

Rare pink diamond fetches $46m

A rare pink diamond smashed the world record for a jewel at auction on Tuesday, selling for more than $46 million to a well-known gem dealer.
London jeweller Laurence Graff paid $46,158,674, for the 24.78-carat “fancy intense pink” diamond, which he immediately named “The Graff Pink”.
“It is the most fabulous diamond I’ve seen in the history of my career and I’m delighted to have bought it,” Graff said in a statement released by auction house Sotheby’s, which offered the stone at its Geneva sale.

Pink diamond may set record

A rare pink diamond could set a world record next week in a revived international market chasing strong prices for top quality jewels, Sotheby’s said Wednesday.
The standout stone, estimated at $27-38 million, is among 550 lots on offer at a November 16 auction in Geneva. Vintage pieces by French jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels

‘India high on poor man’s diseases’

India continues to rank very high in the prevalence of neglected tropical diseases like dengue, rabies and soil-transmitted helminthiases, according to a report released by the World Health Organisati

Le Corbusier in Swiss flap: Was he a Nazi sympathiser?

He’s one of the titans of 20th century architecture, but Le Corbusier, the man who created the planned city of Chandigarh, is suddenly feeling the weight of history working against him.

US to keep pursuing Polanski

Switzerland’s decision to reject a US extradition request for director Roman Polanski may have shown that legal principles are paramount here but also left the impression that the rich and famous enjo

Solar plane takes off for 24-hour test-flight

An experimental solar-powered plane whose makers hope to one day circle the globe using only energy collected from the sun took off for its first 24-hour test flight on Wednesday.

Cern opens membership to non-EU countries


Europe’s “Big Bang” particle research organisation Cern, now conducting mankind’s biggest scientific experiment, is to open membership to all countries who qualify to join.

UN fears escalation of Kyrgyz violence

UN agencies said on Tuesday they feared an escalation in fighting in Kyrgyzstan, warning of an “ethnic tinderbox” in the region after an estimated 275,000 people fled their homes in less than a week.

Swiss MPs reject tax deal with US

Switzerland’s efforts to calm a banking furore hit a major setback on Tuesday as nationalist and left-wing lawmakers blocked a treaty with the United States that would have allowed UBS to hand over thousands more files on its American clients to US tax authorities.

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