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Germany's Steinmeier Urges EU-Swiss Talks on Planned Immigration Limits

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday urged the European Union to negotiate with Switzerland on Bern's plans for new quotas on immigration from the bloc.

"Relations with Switzerland are important to me, and I hope a deal will be found," Steinmeier said while visiting Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter in Bern, the ATS news agency reported.

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Send Refugees Home after Wars End, Urges Swiss Politician

A leading Swiss politician said people fleeing conflict should only receive temporary protection in Switzerland, calling for a rethinking of the country's approach to asylum seekers in an interview published Sunday. 

"People displaced by war should still be taken in but only with the aim of sending them back later when the situation in their country of origin allows it," Philipp Mueller, leader of the influential center-right FDP party, told the Schweiz am Sonntag paper.

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Switzerland Lifts Some Sanctions against Iran

Switzerland on Thursday lifted several already suspended economic sanctions against Iran, following last month's historic deal between Tehran and world powers on the Iranian nuclear program.

Citing the "important turning point in the 12-year nuclear dispute," the Swiss government said it had decided to lift some sanctions against Iran that had already been suspended in January 2014.

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Official: Two Japanese climbers Found Dead in Swiss Alps

The bodies of two Japanese climbers have been found on the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, a Tokyo official said Wednesday, three days after the pair got into difficulty on the mountain.

Japan's foreign ministry said the two were both men in their 60s, but declined to supply further details because their families had not given consent.

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Switzerland to Extradite Bosnian Muslim War Crimes Suspect

Switzerland on Thursday authorized the extradition of former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric to Bosnia rather than Serbia, which had issued the war crimes warrant for his arrest.

Oric, who led Muslim forces in Bosnia's east during its 1992-1995 civil war, was arrested on June 10 in Geneva, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity against ethnic Serbs during the conflict.

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Swiss Court Maintains Freeze on Assad's Wealthy Cousin

The financial assets of one of Syria's wealthiest men -- a cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad -- will remain frozen in Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court said in a statement.

The court rejected an appeal by billionaire Rami Makhlouf to reverse a federal decision blocking an undisclosed amount of money in his Swiss accounts -- which the government says helps "finance" and "support" Assad's violent regime.

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Swiss Court Rules Handing Over Bank Employee Info to U.S. Illegal

A Swiss court has ruled that Credit Suisse's decision to provide U.S. tax authorities with information on an employee was illegal, according to the ruling made public Monday.

In April 2012, the Swiss government gave 11 Swiss banks the go-ahead to accommodate a U.S. tax evasion probe and hand over the names of thousands of their employees and consultants working with American clients.

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Israel Denies Spying on Iran Talks Hotels

Swiss and Austrian investigators have launched probes into alleged spying in hotels hosting delicate Iranian nuclear talks, with Israel denying Thursday its secret services were involved.

The revelation comes in run-up to a June 30 deadline for a historic agreement between Iran and world powers on curtailing Tehran's nuclear program in return for relief from punishing sanctions, and a day after a Russian-based security firm said a computer worm widely linked to Israel was used to spy on the negotiations.

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Israel Slams Swiss Funding for Exhibit by Israeli NGO

Israel has lodged a formal protest with Bern over Swiss funding for an exhibit by an Israeli NGO critical of the army's conduct in the Palestinian territories, officials said Wednesday. 

The exhibit, which will open in Zurich later this week, is being staged by Breaking the Silence, a rights group whose members are veteran combatants who testify about the abuses they have seen or taken part in during their military service in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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EU-Swiss Accord to End Banking Secrecy, Curb Tax Evasion

The European Union and Switzerland signed a major accord Wednesday that will end banking secrecy for EU residents and prevent them from hiding undeclared income in Swiss banks, the European Commission said.

The agreement deals "another blow against tax evaders, and (represents) another leap towards fairer taxation in Europe," said Pierre Moscovici, the EU commissioner for tax issues.

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