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Swiss anti-choice activists seek to ban abortions for ‘economic’ reasons

Swiss pro-lifers launched an initiative Tuesday to ban abortions in the country for economic reasons, saying the practice costs hundreds of billions in lost tax revenues. The “Protect life to remedy the loss of billions” initiative was launched by an independent group which needs to gather more than 100,000 signatures…

Forget feathers and beads: At Basel’s carnival Fasnacht, it’s all about politics

Forget feathers and beads: At Basel's carnival Fasnacht, it's all about politics New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Venice: All play host to the annual glittering, colorful, and wild extravaganza known as Carnival. But in Basel, Switzerland, the world’s only Protestant masque, celebrations take on a new twist – they get…

Meat-eating animals lose taste for sweets: study

European and US scientists said Monday that many meat-eating animals appear to lose their ability to taste sweet flavors over time, a finding that suggests diet plays a key role in evolution. Most mammals are believed to possess the ability to taste sweet, savory, bitter, salty, and sour flavors, said…

U.S. growing at 2-3 percent rate: Geithner

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – The U.S. economy is growing at 2-3 percent but still faces big challenges to repair damage wrought by the financial crisis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Friday. “I think if you look at the Fed’s forecast and the consensus of private forecasters, people are pretty…

Bill Gates pledges $750 million to troubled AIDS fund

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Microsoft chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates pledged a further $750 million to the troubled global AIDS fund on Thursday and urged governments to continue their support to save lives. “These are tough economic times, but that is no excuse for cutting aid to the world’s poorest,”…

Davos: World bosses gloomy about year ahead

DAVOS, Switzerland — Business leaders are gloomy about prospects for the world economy, according to a major survey of international chief executives released on the eve of the Davos forum. A survey of 1,258 bosses by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, timed to coincide with the World Economic Forum of the global…

Occupiers build igloos ahead of World Economic Forum

In preparation for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, Swiss “occupy” protesters are preparing a unique strategy to maintain their vigil in the bitter cold: igloos. As the world’s most wealthy and powerful business leaders and government officials flock to the posh resort town, occupiers are making use…

Swiss acknowledge those who helped Jews flee Nazis

Switzerland said it had finally finished the process of rehabilitating more than a hundred people punished during WWII for having helped Jews escape Nazi persecution. But only one of the 137 people vindicated by the report actually lived to see their name cleared. “All these people are today dead,” Alexandre…

Fed to embrace global banking rules: report

The US Federal Reserve is expected to embrace a new global framework that requires giant financial institutions to hold extra capital, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Citing unnamed people familiar with the situation, the newspaper said the Fed’s decision to accept the rules laid out by regulators in Basel,…

Group H Possibilities

The current table: Chile 6 pts +2 goal difference Spain 3 pts +1 goal difference Switzerland 3 pts even goal difference Honduras 0 pts -3 goal difference The possibilities:   Chile win Chile/Spain draw Spain win Switzerland win Chile 9 Switzerland 6 Spain 3 Honduras 0 Chile 7 Switzerland 6…

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