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Swiss Back New Citizenship Rules in Defeat for Rightwing

Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, crushing rightwing nationalists who had stoked fears about granting nationality to more Muslims.

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'No Indication' of Terrorism in Swiss Train Attack

Swiss police said Sunday there was no indication a stabbing and fire attack on a passenger train was an act of terror, as a female victim and the assailant died of their injuries.

Five other people were hurt in Saturday's assault in eastern Switzerland, including a six-year-old girl who was seriously injured.

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As Danes Debate, Swiss already Seizing Refugees' Cash

As Denmark faces a barrage of criticism over its controversial plan to seize refugees' valuables, Switzerland has already been doing so for years, Swiss authorities said Friday.

Swiss asylum law has since the 1990s required asylum seekers to contribute to the costs of hosting them in the wealthy Alpine country.

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Geneva Remains on High Alert amid Hunt for Suspected Jihadists

Geneva remained on high alert Friday as police carried out further searches in the western Swiss city for several suspected jihadists believed to have links to the Islamic State (IS) group, officials said.

Geneva, which borders France and is home to the U.N.'s European headquarters, ratcheted up its security Thursday after receiving information from the Swiss government about suspicious individuals in the area.

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Switzerland Probing 33 People over Possible Jihadist Links

Switzerland has active criminal proceedings against 33 individuals over suspected ties to extremist Islamist groups, but only three people are currently in custody, the attorney general's office said Sunday.

Some of those cases have been opened in the last two to three months, but the most serious involves a cell of possible Islamist radicals uncovered in the Canton of Schaffhausen last year, said Andry Marty, a spokesman for Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber.

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Swiss Parliament Shifts to Right in Vote Dominated by Migrant Fears

Swiss voters swung to the right in parliamentary elections on Sunday dominated by concerns over Europe's migrant crisis, with the country's largest party winning a record number of seats.

The populist Swiss People's Party (SVP), known for its virulent campaigns against immigration, the European Union and Islam, won 65 of the 200 seats in the lower house, up from the current 54, and saw its support rise to its highest-ever level.

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Europe's Migrant Crisis Grabs Limelight in Swiss Election

"We should be helping our own people before giving them handouts," says Gianpaolo Ferrari, glancing towards the African men clustered around Chiasso's main square.

The 58-year-old restaurant worker in this small southern Swiss town on the Italian border echoes sentiments held by many here and across Switzerland, where migrants and asylum policies top the concerns of voters ahead of Sunday's parliamentary elections.

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Switzerland to Take 1,500 Migrants, Boost Aid to Syria

Switzerland said Friday that it would take in 1,500 refugees and migrants over the next two years while strengthening support for Syria peace talks, which Bern called the "priority" for resolving Europe's humanitarian crisis. 

A Federal Council statement said Switzerland would only accept those "who have already been registered in Italy or Greece," the two countries which have received the overwhelming majority of people who have washed up on Europe's shores this year. 

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Europe Rethinks Train Security after Foiled Jihadist Attack

European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France's interior minister said Saturday.

Bernard Cazeneuve said the checks would be carried out "everywhere it is necessary" but did not give other details. He spoke after an emergency meeting in Paris with top security and transport officials from nine countries and the European Union in the wake of last week's attack attempt.

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U.S. Sanctions FARC Members for Swiss-Based Operation

The United States on Thursday sanctioned four members of a Colombian rebel group for their alleged role in narcotics trafficking and money laundering in Switzerland.

The sanctions freeze any assets of the four may have under U.S. jurisdiction, and prohibits Americans or U.S. entities from engaging in transactions with them.

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