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Former asylum seeker sets up alternative to Uber in Zurich.

A migrant from Bangladesh has set up a new ride-sharing service in Zurich that aims to rival Uber and conventional taxi companies.

- The Local - INT

Beyond Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico, Latin America's innovation potential is largely untapped.

Santiago, the capital of Chile, is a hub for international corporate headquarters and local startups. Ariel Cruz Pizarro/Wikimedia, CC BY-SAChile, Costa Rica and Mexico were Latin America's big winners in the 2017 edition of the Global Innovation Index , which ranks the world's economies on their innovative capabilities and ...

- The Conversation - UK

Monsoon floods affect more than 16 million in Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Bangladesh, India, Nepal One of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years is unfolding. Millions of people across large areas face food shortages and diseases, IFRC warned.Kuala Lumpur/New ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Amid outcry over hotel's signs singling out Jews, Swiss lawmaker raps Israel for tolerating haredim.

, Commenting on a public outcry over signs that urged Jews at a Swiss hotel to shower before entering the pool, a state lawmaker from Geneva said Israel should apologize for its excessive tolerance of ultra-Orthodox Jews who prevent peace in Palestine.' Roger Deneys, a Socialist representative at the Grand Council of ...

- JTA - US

Hemorrhagic fevers: Countering inflammation to prevent circulatory failure.

Hemorrhagic fevers are severe viral diseases that are often fatal. Researchers from the University of Basel have now identified messenger substances of the immune system, which in infected mice lead to the development of shock. These results, published in the scientific journal Cell Host & Microbe, open up new possibilities ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Walder Wyss advises Cembra Bank on refinancing deal.

Cembra Money Bank AG recently signed an agreement to refinance a CHF42m personal loan portfolio from eny Finance AG. eny Finance AG is a Swiss pure online personal loan provider. Walder Wyss acted as legal adviser to Cembra on all legal aspects of the transaction. The team consisted of†Lukas Wyss†,†Markus ...

- The Lawyer - US

Former asylum-seeker sets up alternative to Uber in Zurich.

A migrant from Bangladesh has set up a new ride-sharing service in Zurich that aims to rival Uber and conventional taxi companies.

- The Local - INT

R√ɬľschlikon named most attractive commune in Switzerland.

The commune of R√ɬľschlikon on the Lake of Zurich has taken top place in an annual ranking of localities in Switzerland.

- The Local - INT

Government seeks to slash health bill with lower doctor fees.

The Swiss government hopes to cut medical costs by half a billion francs next year in a move that could result in lower health premiums.

- The Local - INT

E4T launch expected to enhance trade.

The department of trade in collaboration with Geneva's Enhanced Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat launched E-infrastructure for Trade and Services Development Project in Thimphu yesterday.

- Kuensel Newspaper - BT

Germany indicts Swiss man of espionage in tax evasion case.

BERLIN " Authorities in Germany have formally indicted a Swiss citizen on suspicion of espionage for spying on German tax investigators.Federal prosecutors say the 54-year-old man, identified only as Daniel M. due to German...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Greece Angered at Turkey that they Disputed Marine Border

Greece rejected as "unreasonable" the claims of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlith Chavushoglu that there is no marine border between the two countries, BNR reported. The sharp reaction of Athens was triggered by a statement by the Turkish Minister before the Parliament, contesting the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, which ...

- Novinite - BG

More than one million S. Sudan refugees in Uganda: UN

Geneva, Switzerland, Aug 17 - South Sudan's brutal civil war has forced more than one million people to flee to neighbouring Uganda alone, with another million seeking refuge elsewhere in the region, the UN's refugee agency said Thursday. The UNHCR said additional funds were desperately needed to help the refugees flooding ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

Sonova plays catch up with Danish rivals on hearing-aid tech

ZURICH - Sonova on Thursday launched a new hearing aid microchip capable of streaming audio directly from wireless mobile devices as the Swiss company aims to close the gap to Danish competitors that pioneered similar technology years ago.

- Reuters - US

Haugesund: 'Winter Brothers' Director Hires 'Fantastic Beasts'' Ingvar E. Sigur√įsson for Next Film

Icelandic star Ingvar E. Sigur√įsson will play the title role in Hlynur P√°lmason's next film after the Locarno winner Winter Brothers'. Penned by P√°lmason, White, White Day' is a mystery thriller about grief, sacrifice and unconditional love. Sigur√įsson plays Ingimundur, a responsible father,...

- Variety - US

World's largest volcanic range may lurk beneath Antarctic ice

Edinburgh, UK Aug 16, 2017 West Antarctica's vast ice sheet conceals what may be the largest volcanic region on earth, research has revealed. The continent's ice covers almost 100 newly discovered volcanoes, the largest of which is as tall as the Eiger in Switzerland, a study has found. Geologists and ice experts say the ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

The EU and Switzerland link their carbon markets

The world's first carbon trading system has found a new partner in Switzerland. EURACTIV France reports.

- EurActive - UK

Swiss digital asset exchange buys US wallet maker in all-bitcoin deal

Bitcoin on Tuesday hit a record $4,400 BTC=BTSP on the BitStamp platform The post Swiss digital asset exchange buys US wallet maker in all-bitcoin deal appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Sonova plays catch up with Danish rivals on hearing-aid tech

ZURICH - Sonova on Thursday launched a new hearing aid that streams audio directly from wireless mobile devices as the Swiss company closes the gap to Danish competitors who pioneered similar technology.

- Reuters - US

Transocean Seals Biggest Offshore Oil Deal Since Crash

In what's the biggest M&A deal in oil since the 2014 price crash, Transocean has agreed to buy Norwegian sector player Songa Offshore for U$1.1 billion, to be paid in stocks and convertible debt. The target company's enterprise value including debt is US$3.4 billion, and the acquisition should generate cost and ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Afghan Migrant 'Little Picasso' Offered Serbian Citizenship

Serbia offered a 10-year-old migrant from Afghanistan, who has been nicknamed "Little Picasso" because of his talent for painting, and his family citizenship on Wednesday, after they spent eight months in a refugee camp while seeking to reach Switzerland. Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic made the offer to Farhad Nouri, ...

- Voice of America - US

Switzerland and Germany Unlikely Adversaries in Spy Drama

German authorities arrest a Swiss man accused of spying on government auditors who penetrated Swiss bank secrecy to identify tax dodgers.

- International NY Times - US

First burgers made from insects to go on sale in Europe

People in Europe can now tuck into burgers made from wriggling mealworms ‚Äď touted as a cheap, high-protein replacement for beef. The burgers will go on sale in Coop, Switzerland's second-largest supermarket chain ‚Äď made by a Swiss start up called Essento. Switzerland's second-largest supermarket chain will begin selling ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Booking.com drops Swiss hotel that featured signs singling out Jews

, The online hotel reservation service Booking.com dropped from its website a Swiss establishment whose management put up signs singling out Jews and urging them to shower before entering the swimming pool. The Paradise Apartments in Arosa, some 80 miles southeast of Zurich, still appears on Booking.com, but is blocked for ...

- JTA - US

EU a step closer to linking Emissions Trading System

The European Union moved a step closer Wednesday to linking the EU's Emissions Trading System with the Swiss emissions trading system, which would be the first time it has linked its ETS.

- EUbusiness.com - UK

Qatari sovereign fund reduces stake in Credit Suisse

The Qatar Investment Authority has reduced its direct shareholding in Credit Suisse Group AG to 4.94 percent in one of the sovereign wealth fund's rare sales of the Swiss bank's stock.

- The Daily Star - LB

Insect burgers and bug balls? Switzerland sells insect food

Switzerland is well known for its delicious chocolate, their watches and civilized democracy but now they are looking to be known as the ones selling you bugs on the food aisle?         


Bug burgers? Switzerland says insects are what's for dinner

The sale of insect-based food was made possible by a new law passed here in May.         


Swiss lawmakers to vote on banning import of kosher, halal meat

‚Äď Lawmakers in Switzerland will vote on a bill that outlaws the import of meat from animals that have undergone ritual slaughter, which already is illegal in the Alpine country. The bill, which was submitted in June by Matthias Aebischer, a federal lawmaker for the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland ‚Äď the country's ...

- JTA - US

Swiss lawmakers to vote on banning import of kosher, halal meat

Ban on import ritually slaughtered meat would make keeping kosher impossible in European state where shechitah has been illegal since 1894.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Daily News 16 / 08 / 2017

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 16 / 08 / 2017 Brussels, 16 August 2017 EU and Switzerland to link their Emissions Trading Systems* The EU has today moved one step closer to linking its Emissions Trading System for the first time.

- EU - EU

UN experts condemn racist violence in US, urge investigations

GENEVA, Aug 16 ‚ÄĒ United Nations human rights experts called on US political leaders at all levels' today to combat rising racist violence and xenophobia and urged prosecution of perpetrators of hate crimes. US President Donald Trump...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Here's a super-quick guide to what traders are talking about right now

Dave Lutz, head of ETFs at JonesTrading, has an overview of today's markets. US markets continue higher. European markets are also strong. Safe-haven investments continue their retreat. Most metals, save gold and iron ore, are popping. Here's Lutz: Morning! US Futures continue their upward trajectory, with Russell ...

- Business Insider - US

Swiss, EU move closer to linking emissions trading systems

ZURICH - Switzerland and the European Union have moved closer to linking their carbon emissions trading systems after the European Commission and Swiss government gave their backing for a deal.

- Reuters - US

Afghan migrant 'Little Picasso' offered Serbian citizenship

A 10-year-old migrant from Afghanistan, who has been nicknamed "Little Picasso" because of his talent for painting, and his family have been offered Serbian citizenship and a job for his father after being stuck for eight months in a refugee camp while seeking to reach Switzerland.

- FOX News - US

Swiss man charged for spying in German tax evasion case

FRANKFURT - A Swiss man has been charged with being a spy by Germany's federal prosecutor after he obtained details of secret Swiss bank accounts set up by Germans to evade tax.

- Reuters - US

London Success 'Travesties' to Play Broadway

A well-received London revival of Tom Stoppard's 1974 play “Travesties” is making the move to Broadway, with the Roundabout Theater Company giving a spring slot to the production that originated at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Tom Hollander will reprise his performance as Henry Carr, a man losing his memory in ...

- Variety - US

Paedophile clown convicted of abusing teenage girl in Zurich hotel room

David Larible, who boasts six generations of circus acts in his family, will appeal the decision.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Swiss tech firm plans major expansion of Atlanta-based Americas headquarters

Veeam Software is in negotiations to expand its office footprint at Alpharetta's Northwinds Center office development. The company could end up leasing the entire 147,000 square foot Northwinds II building, where Veeam leases about 50,000 square feet.

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Movie News: 'American Honey' Star Joins New 'Hellboy'; New 'Captain Marvel' Writer Hired

Hellboy: Sasha Lane has joined the cast of the new Hellboy, to be directed by Neil Marshall. David Harbour will star as the titular superhero, a well-meaning demon; Ian McShane will play his father and Milla Jovovich is expected to play the villainous Blood Queen. Lane, who made her impressive screen debut in American Honey ...

- Movies.com - US

Swiss supermarket's insect burgers will finally go on sale

Switzerland's first insect-based food aimed at humans will finally go on sale next week three months after a revision of the country's food safety laws, Swiss supermarket chain Coop said on Monday.

- The Local - INT

Swiss court convicts clown of sexual acts with a child

A clown who worked with the famous Swiss circus Knie was on Tuesday convicted by a Zurich court of sexual acts with a child and sexual harassment.

- The Local - INT

ETH Zurich named top university in continental Europe in prestigious ranking

Switzerland√ʬĬôs technology institute ETH Zurich has once again been named the best university in continental Europe in a ranking of the top 500 universities worldwide by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.

- The Local - INT

Badenfahrt 2017: Swiss spa town hosts party of the decade

The Local√ʬĬôs guide to this once-a-decade city festival.

- The Local - INT

Switzerland refuses cooperation with Russia over fraud probe

Switzerland has unblocked hundreds of millions of dollars belonging to the former head of the Bank of Moscow whom Russia accuses of fraud and embezzlement.

- The Local - INT

U.N. experts condemn racist violence in U.S., urge investigations

GENEVA - United Nations human rights experts called on the United States on Wednesday to combat rising racist violence and xenophobia and to prosecute perpetrators of hate crimes.

- Reuters - US

'To our Jewish guests please shower': A Swiss hotel singles out Jews

A small Swiss hotel has caused outrage after posting√ā¬†a sign asking "Jewish guests" to shower before using the swimming pool.

- Stuff - NZ

Mercury is altering gene expression

The mercury found at very low concentrations in water is concentrated along the entire food chain, from algae via zooplankton to small fish and on to the largest fish ‚ÄĒ the ones we eat. Mercury causes severe and irreversible neurological disorders in people who have consumed highly contaminated fish. Whereas we know about ...

- ENN - US

Facebook expands Marketplace trading service across Europe

Facebook is stepping up its moves into e-commerce by expanding its service for connecting local buyers and sellers into 17 new European markets, the US company said this week. Marketplace, which sits alongside Facebook's mainstay newsfeed, photo, video, messaging and other services, marks fresh competition for ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Locarno Film Review: '3/4'

Non-professional actors and a lightweight camera further the feel of verisimilitude in 3/4,' a modest, stripped-down reverie that captures a summer of change for a father and his two kids.

- Variety - US