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Italy to face Sweden in World Cup playoffs.

Four-time champion Italy will have to beat Sweden in a European playoff to qualify for its 15th straight World Cup.A regular at every World Cup since 1958, the Italians were drawn yesterday to play in Sweden in the first leg of the playoff on November 10.A World Cup without Italy isn't a World Cup,' said Italy team manager ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Wall Street's Faber says U.S. wouldn't have made as much 'progress' if colonized by blacks.

Swiss investor Marc Faber has doubled down on racially charged remarks suggesting that the U.S. would be in a worse if it had been colonized by blacks instead of whites.

- Marketwatch - US

France must act to end segregation and inequality.

GENEVA / PARIS – 'To achieve equal citizenship for persons with disabilities, France needs to end segregation and move towards inclusive services and support in the community', UN disability rights expert Catalina Devandas warned.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Investor 'Dr. Doom' who appears on Fox Business pens shockingly racist screed , and stands by it.

The author of an influential investing newsletter admits he may be racist for defending slavery and white supremacy. Marc Faber, a Swiss investor and who appears on financial TV as “Dr. Doom,” attacked “liberal hypocrites” and expressed plainly racist views in his most recent...

- The Raw Story - US

Refugees held captive in Libya in deplorable conditions.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Libya, World Libyan authorities estimate another 6,000 migrants and refugees are being held by smugglers. If confirmed, this would bring the total number held in Sabratha to 20,500.This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Up to 15,000 refugees stranded near Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Bangladesh, Myanmar Since Sunday night, an estimated 10,000-15,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh through the Anjuman Para border crossing point in Ukhia district in the south-east.This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Knee woes force Nadal out of Swiss Indoors.

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Swiss Indoors tournament due to a knee injury.

- SBS.com.au - AU

UBS just asked its London-based investment bankers whether they'd prefer to move to Amsterdam, Madrid or Frankfurt.

Thomson ReutersLONDON/ZURICH - Swiss bank UBS asked staff whether they would prefer to relocate to Amsterdam, Madrid or Frankfurt after Britain leaves the European Union in a survey sent to its investment bankers on Tuesday, according to sources familiar with the matter. Financial service firms need a regulated subsidiary ...

- Business Insider - US

Azerbaijan's territorial integrity viewed as main principle of talks on Karabakh - MP.

The summit of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev and his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan in Geneva is a diplomatic success of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani MP Aydin Mirzazade told Trend.

- AzerNews - AZ

Geneva talks end. Is Armenia honest in its peace intention for Karabakh conflict?.

The latest meeting between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which are locked in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh for years, was marked with certain positivity, whilst only time can tell the real significance of the achieved agreements.

- AzerNews - AZ

Geneva talks end. Is Armenia honest in its peace intention for Karabakh conflict?.

- Today.Az - AZ

IOC casts net for Winter Games hosts in 'troubled times'

LAUSANNE, Oct 17 — The International Olympic Committee finds itself battling the weight of public pressure in potential host cities as it casts its net to find suitable candidates for the Winter Games amid concerns over costs and the merits of...

- The Malay Mail - MY

History boys Italy draw Sweden in tricky World Cup playoff

PARIS, Oct 17 — Four-time winners Italy will play Sweden in a playoff for a place in the 2018 World Cup while the Republic of Ireland take on Denmark, following the draw today. Northern Ireland will tackle Switzerland and Croatia and Greece...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Activist targets Credit Suisse despite signs of turnround success

Analysts have generally turned more positive on Switzerland's second-biggest bank

- Financial Times - US

Low-cost battery from waste graphite

Zurich, Switzerland Oct 16, 2017 Kostiantyn Kravchyk works in the group of Maksym Kovalenko. This research group is based at both ETH Zurich and in Empa's Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics. The two researchers' ambitious goal at the Empa branch is to make a battery out of the most common elements in the Earth's ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

Stunning 37-carat pink diamond may fetch $30m at auction

The world's largest known fancy intense pink diamond could sell for up to $30 million at a November auction. According to CNN, the 37.30-carat Raj Pink will headline Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva on Nov.15th.         


Republic of Ireland to face Denmark as Northern Ireland draw Switzerland in 2018 World Cup play-off

Republic of Ireland will take on Denmark while Northern Ireland will face Switzerland over two legs for a place in the 2018 World Cup.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Swiss village gets to keep abandoned gold bars

The village of Klingnau in the canton of Aargau just got a bit richer: the commune is now allowed to keep 100,000 francs worth of gold bars that were found in a field five years ago.

- The Local - INT

Tips for learning Swiss German from those who have

What is Swiss German, or Schwiizertüütsch, anyway?

- The Local - INT

Organ donation: initiative aims to change Swiss system to ‘opt out’

A group of young Swiss has launched a campaign to change the system of organ donation in Switzerland.

- The Local - INT

U.N. urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

GENEVA - The U.N. refugee agency urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to speed up vetting of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees "stranded" near the border after crossing into the country from Myanmar and move them further inland to safer and better conditions.

- Reuters - US

582,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25: UN

Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have fled their homes in Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh since late August, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning that thousands more were stranded at the border.The UN said 582,000 members of the Rohingya community had crossed into Bangladesh since August 25, marking a jump of 45,000 ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

582,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25, says UN

GENEVA, Oct 17 — Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have fled their homes in Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh since late August, the United Nations said today, warning that thousands more were stranded at the border. The UN said 582,000 members...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Italy among play-off hopefuls waiting to learn World Cup fate

The draw will take place at Fifa's Zurich headquarters.

- Daily Nation - KE

Aliyev and Sargsyan Tete-a-Tete Meets Low Expectations

The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met October 16 for the first time in more than a year to discuss the smoldering conflict over Nagorno Karabakh. Expectations for the meeting were low, and the results of the meeting appeared to be meager. After the meeting in Geneva, the two sides released a joint statement saying ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Daily briefing: Credit Suisse targeted, Iraqis seize Kirkuk, the art of interrogation

A Swiss hedge fund is poised to launch an activist campaign to break up the bank

- Financial Times - US

Credit Suisse targeted by activist fund

The Swiss bank is facing calls from an investor to split itself into three parts.

- BBC - UK

Is Hydrogen Fuel As Dumb As Musk Thinks?

Hydrogen fuel cells are a controversial thing. Elon Musk, for example, finds them incredibly dumb', and he's far from the only one. Yet the concept of using the universe's most abundant element to fuel vehicles is still alive and kicking. The latest of its proponents to make headlines is Swiss company, H2 Energy, which says ...

- OilPrice.com - US

IOC 'disappointed' by Innsbruck's vote against potential Olympic bid

The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee said it was disappointed the Austrian state of Tyrol voted against Innsbruck's bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, but will continue its search for a host city.

- The Local - INT

Korea Falls Below China in FIFA Rankings

Korea dropped to 62nd place in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Monday. It fell 11 spots from last month after losses in friendlies against Russia and Switzerland in early October, leaving it ranked below China for the first time. Korea finds itself far behind other Asian rivals such...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Credit Suisse is said to be targeted by activist investor

LONDON, Oct 17 — Swiss activist investor Rudolf Bohli has found a new target: the nation's second-largest bank, Credit Suisse Group AG. Bohli, who manages 250 million francs at RBR Capital Advisors, has taken a 0.2 per cent...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Activist investor RBR launching campaign to break up Credit Suisse: FT

- Activist investor RBR Capital Advisors is launching a campaign for breaking up Swiss bank Credit Suisse Group AG into three parts, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

- Reuters - US

An activist hedge fund backed by a former top Credit Suisse executive wants to break up the bank

YouTubeSwiss hedge fund RBR Capital Advisors will announce this week a plan to split apart Credit Suisse, the Financial Times reported Monday. The firm is proposing to split Credit Suisse into three parts: an investment bank modeled after First Boston, which Credit Suisse acquired in 1989, a wealth management group, and an ...

- Business Insider - US

Fugitive arms dealer bought Vadra's air tickets?

But Vadra denied any financial links with the arms dealer, who was under investigation, and there was nothing which could nail Vadra's link with Bhandari, who fled to the UK. Bhandari paid for Vadra's travel just when he was being investigated for his role in swinging a jet trainer deal for Swiss company Pilatus.

- Times Of India - IN

Kenya must lift protest ban and end police brutality - UN

GENEVA – Kenya must lift its newly-imposed ban on protests in key cities, end police brutality during demonstrations, and halt attacks on the judiciary and civil society in the tense run-up to presidential elections on 26 October, a ...

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Geneva diners tempted by African menu at Refugee Food Festival

Hundreds flock to a lakeside restaurant to sample dishes served up as part of Switzerland's contribution to the Europe-wide culinary event.

- UN - INT

Armenian, Azerbaijani Presidents Hold 'Constructive' Talks On Karabakh

The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents have discussed a possible settlement of the conflict over Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh at a meeting In Geneva.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Northern Ireland suffer seedings blow in World Cup bid

Northern Ireland’s quest to reach next summer’s World Cup has suffered a blow after Denmark usurped them in the Fifa rankings, meaning Michael O’Neill’s side will be unseeded in Tuesday’s play-off draw. Defeat to Germany and Norway in their final two group games, coupled with Denmark beating ...

- City AM - UK

French ski resorts top alpine property price ranking as Swiss chalets sag

Chamonix leapfrogged Val d’Isere and Gstaad to take the top spot in a ranking of Alpine ski resort property prices. French destinations dominated the Knight Frank Alpine Property Price Index released today. A strong Swiss franc and restrictions on foreign buyers weighed on property prices at Swiss resorts, which have ...

- City AM - UK

Azerbaijani, Armenian presidents meet in Geneva

- Today.Az - AZ

UBS loses appeal against derivatives contracts ruling

UK court says Swiss bank cannot enforce contracts against German utility KWL

- Financial Times - US

India rise to 105th spot in FIFA rankings; Peru, Spain in top 10

Zurich, Oct 16 The Indian football team rose two spots to 105th position in the FIFA rankings released on Monday. Peru entered the top 10 spot for the first time while Spain climbed three places to enter the segment. India produced a dominating performance to thump Macau 4-1 in their fourth qualification match for the AFC ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Madagascar plague appears to have spread to Seychelles: WHO

GENEVA - A probable case of plague in the Seychelles, imported from Madagascar, is believed to have sparked the Indian Ocean country's first outbreak of the disease, the World Health Organization said.

- Reuters - US

Muslim graves vandalized at Lausanne cemetery

Fifteen of 22 graves in part of a Lausanne cemetery devoted to the Muslim faith were vandalized last week, with anti-Muslim graffiti sprayed on the ground, police said.

- The Local - INT

First facility grabs CO₂ from the air and stores it underground

Swiss hardware piggybacks on existing Icelandic storage project.

- Ars Technica UK - US

Azerbaijani, Armenian Presidents To Meet In Geneva Over Nagorno-Karabakh

The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents are set to meet on October 16 to discuss a possible settlement of the conflict over Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

- Radio Free Europe - US

France join top seeds for World Cup draw

ZURICH - France will be among the top seeds for next month's World Cup draw after they climbed to seventh in the FIFA rankings published on Monday.

- SBS.com.au - AU

Federer relieved at finally getting upper hand over Nadal

Swiss maestro defeated long-time arch-rival in straight sets at Shanghai Open on Sunday The post Federer relieved at finally getting upper hand over Nadal appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

It was a match like any other, says woman referee Staubli

Kolkata, Oct 16 Switzerland's Esther Staubli, who recently became the first female referee to officiate a match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup since Korean Im Eun Ju took control of a contest at Trinidad & Tobago in 2001, said she treated the Group E game between Japan and New Caledonia here as any other. Later on maybe there ...

- Yahoo! News - US

India rise to 105th spot in FIFA ranking

Zurich, Oct 16 The Indian football team rose two spots above to 105th position in the FIFA rankings released on Monday.

- Yahoo! News - US