In a similar referendum in 2014, the Swiss narrowly voted in favor of limiting access of EU citizens to live and work in Switzerland.
Federer's agent told Reuters last week that the Swiss was planning on playing only at Roland Garros while skipping the Madrid and Rome Masters
There was speculation that Federer would include the Madrid and Rome Masters in his truncated schedule for 2020 but his agent, Tony Godsick, said that was not the case
US Open 2019: Grigor Dimitrov comes good on promise, uses deft touch of backhand to down Roger Federer in five sets
Dimitrov won his first match against Federer in eight meetings and has advanced to his second Grand Slam semifinal, having previously reached the last four at Wimbledon 2016
US Open 2019: Stan Wawrinka advances to quarter-finals as Djokovic retires, Federer cruises to set up clash against Grigor Dimitrov
Wawrinka has battled for nearly two years to recover Slam-winning form after knee surgery and said that he has finally attained that level of tennis
Up to 20 people are feared dead after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside, local reports said.
The young Swiss couple, who was attacked in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri by a group of youths, is on the way to recovery, said their doctors.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swiss President Doris Leuthard held extensive talks on Thursday to boost bilateral relationship including trade and investment ties.
Geneva: UN chief Antonio Guterres urged countries today to pitch in to help prevent a looming famine in war-torn Yemen, warning that children especially were already dying at an alarming rate.
Resurgent Roger Federer believes that a long period of rest, where he was out for six months with injury had fuelled his incredible shot at more Grand Slam glory at the Australian Open.
By Michael Shields and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi | ZURICH ZURICH A man stormed into a Zurich mosque on Monday evening and opened fire on people praying, injuring three, Swiss police said.They said they had collected evidence inside the building and would make more details available on Tuesday. They declined to comment on the potential motive.Two of the three men -- aged 30, 35 and 56 -- were seriously injured in the attack shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time (1630 GMT) near the main train station in Switzerland's financial capital, Zurich police said.A third sustained less severe injuries.
By Michael Shields and Arnd Wiegmann | ZURICH ZURICH Three people were wounded in a shooting near an Islamic centre in central Zurich on Monday, police said.Swiss media said a suspect was on the run after the incident near the main train station in Switzerland's financial capital.It was not immediately clear whether the Islamic centre or any of the other businesses registered buildings nearby, were the target of the attack, or what any motive might have been.People at the scene told Reuters they prayed at the centre, which was used as a mosque, often by Somalis.
By Michael Shields and Philip Blenkinsop | ZURICH/BRUSSELS ZURICH/BRUSSELS The Swiss parliament passed a law on Friday aimed at curbing immigration by giving local people first crack at open jobs, skirting voters' demand for outright quotas, which it feared could disrupt close ties with the European Union.The European Commission offered a cautious welcome while it checks with members on how to handle non-member Switzerland, knowing that its treatment will be scrutinised for hints on what Britain might expect as it negotiates its EU divorce.A Commission spokesman said the Swiss law "appears to go in the right direction" by not setting quotas of EU citizens able to work there.Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was due to talk with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann later on Friday, and a joint committee meeting planned for Dec. 22.Brussels has so far shown scant inclination to compromise on free movement of people - the principle underpinning Swiss access to the EU's single market of 500 million - so as not to encourage Britain after its Brexit vote.The bill's lack of upper limits on immigration to a country where a quarter of residents are foreign prompted the right-wing Swiss People's Party to say politicians had defied the people's will as expressed in a 2014 referendum.The SVP, the largest party in parliament, has accused other parties of caving in to Brussels and selling out sovereignty.Its members held up signs in the chamber reading "Breach of the constitution" and "Mass immigration continues".AVOIDING A ROW But a clear majority in parliament did not want a row with the EU, Switzerland's main trading partner, which could retaliate by abrogating bilateral accords governing trade worth about 7 percent of Swiss economic output.The Swiss debate mirrors that in Britain, where voters decided to quit the EU in part to control immigration, which critics said was straining social infrastructure.Asked if the Swiss approach might be a guide for Britain, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We have made it clear ..
By Vera Eckert and John Miller | ZURICH/FRANKFURT ZURICH/FRANKFURT Switzerland votes in a referendum on Sunday on whether to make a speedy withdrawal from atomic energy production, a move that would reduce nuclear risks but raise reliance on fossil fuels from Germany or imported nuclear power from France.The opposition Swiss Greens and Social Democrats have pushed for a vote since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, but the government and industry oppose a quick exit, saying Switzerland would be unable to replace power supplies with renewable energy.Recent surveys from the gfs.bern polling institute show the "Yes" and "No" camps in the referendum are neck and neck.Switzerland prides itself on the fact that two thirds of its power is hydroelectric, from reservoirs in the Alps, but it also counts on nuclear energy for a third of its power output.Anti-nuclear groups are pushing for it to follow neighbouring Germany, which shut 40 percent of its nuclear reactors after Fukushima and will close the rest by 2022. Swiss reactors Muehleberg and Beznau I and II would be closed next year, followed by Goesgen in 2024 and Leibstadt in 2029
GENEVA An Aeroflot passenger plane was evacuated at Geneva airport on Thursday and a Russian man was arrested after saying there was a bomb on board, the prosecutor's office in the Swiss city said.
ABB has appointed Guido Jouret as its first chief digital officer, a move designed to ramp up the Swiss power and automation company's efforts in digital technology and the internet of things.
ZURICH/BERN Swiss voters rejected by a wide margin on Sunday a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for everyone living in the wealthy country after an uneasy debate about the future of work at a time of increasing automation.
The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in the US state of Pennsylvania Wednesday, completing the latest leg of a record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy.
ABUJA Nigeria and Switzerland have signed an agreement that paves the way for the return of more than $300 million confiscated from the family of the Nigeria's former military ruler, Sani Abacha, the office of Nigeria's vice president said on Tuesday. Transparency International, a corruption watchdog, has accused Abacha of stealing up to $5 billion of public money during the five years he ran the oil-rich country, from 1993 until his death in 1998. Laolu Akande, a spokesman for Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said Nigeria's attorney general signed a letter of intent, under the terms of which Switzerland will award Nigeria $321 million "acquired by the Abacha family," Akandesaid in an emailed statement
ZURICH Switzerland and the European Union could strike a deal on curbing immigration to the neutral Alpine country soon after Britons decide in June whether to quit the bloc, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter said. His unusually upbeat comments to the NZZ am Sonntag paper follow the cabinet's unveiling on Friday of tough draft legislation that envisages unilateral limits on EU immigrants, a red flag for Brussels, should negotiations fail.