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British Euroskeptic Leader Hails 'Wonderful' Swiss Immigration Vote

The leader of Britain's main euroskeptic party hailed "wise" Swiss voters Sunday for backing curbs on EU immigration, saying it would encourage others across the continent.

Nigel Farage, the head of the UK Independence Party, said Switzerland had stood up to "bullying" from Brussels and that it was "not a matter of race but of space."

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Swiss Vote to Curb Immigration by EU Citizens

Switzerland voted Sunday to impose curbs on immigration by European Union citizens, in a nail-bitingly close referendum that threatened to ignite a row with Brussels.

Final results showed that 50.3 percent of voters had backed the "Stop Mass Immigration" proposal pushed by right-wing populists, even though it could mean the demise of a raft of deals signed in 1999 with the EU including on the economic front.

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Vietnamese Diplomat Seeks Asylum in Switzerland

A Vietnamese diplomat who was posted at the country's consulate in Geneva said he has sought political asylum in Switzerland.

Dang Xuong Hung, who served at consulate from 2008 to 2012, when he formally withdrew from the Vietnamese Communist Party, told local Geneva station Leman Bleu on Sunday that he had applied for Swiss asylum last October.

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Nearly 1,900 Dead in Syria since Peace Talks Began

Nearly 1,900 people have been killed in Syria since peace talks opened in Switzerland on January 22, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

The group said at least 498 civilians were among those killed in Syria since the government and opposition joined peace talks that were due to wrap up later Friday, having produced no signs of progress.

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Mother of British Doctor Who Died in Syrian Custody Confronts Regime

Crying with grief and anger, Fatima Khan stormed forward and shouted: "You killed my son!"

As Syria's warring sides held a sixth day of U.N.-brokered peace talks in Geneva, the mother of a British doctor who died in the custody of President Bashar Assad's regime confronted his aides Thursday.

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Poll: Swiss Migration Control Plan Gains Groundl

A plan by Swiss right-wing populists to reimpose immigration quotas for EU citizens has won support ahead of a referendum, raising the prospect of a clash with Brussels, a poll showed Wednesday.

A total of 43 percent of those surveyed said they backed the "Stop Mass Immigration" measure which goes to a vote on February 9, according to the survey released by public broadcaster SRG.

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Swiss Woman kills Baby in Spanish Detention

A 40-year-old Swiss mother who was being hunted by police killed her 10-month-old baby boy by cutting his throat after being caught and arrested in Spain, police and newspaper reports said Thursday.

Spanish police detained the woman on an international arrest warrant on Wednesday in a Carrefour supermarket in the southeastern seaside city of Torrevieja and took her and her baby to hospital so the child could be treated for water on the brain, leading daily El Pais said.

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Pope Prays for Success of Syria Peace Talks

Pope Francis prayed Wednesday for a Switzerland peace conference on the Syrian crisis to end in reconciliation, calling on the warring sides to resolve a conflict estimated to have killed more than 130,000 people.

The pontiff called on all parties to "spare no effort in urgently ending violence and a conflict which has already caused too much suffering".

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Syria TV Shows Opposition's Jarba Alongside 'Terrorist Crimes'

Syrian state television on Wednesday broadcast a speech by opposition chief Ahmad Jarba at peace talks in Switzerland alongside footage of "terrorist crimes" in Syria.

The state broadcaster failed to identify Jarba as he began his speech at the conference in the Swiss town of Montreux.

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Australian PM: Stopping Boats is a Matter of Sovereignty

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared Australia will pursue the crackdown on boats carrying asylum-seekers into its waters, saying Indonesia should understand it is a matter of sovereignty.

Jakarta has reacted furiously to repeated incursions by Australian vessels into Indonesian waters, reportedly while attempting to turn back boats carrying would-be refugees, despite an official apology from Canberra.

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