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  • It helps to be Swiss, says new boss of Palestinian refugee agency  mei 31, 2020
    Philippe Lazzarini has a tough job. He officially took up the position as head of UNRWA, the UN’s embattled Palestinian refugee agency, on April 1, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. As a veteran of UN humanitarian coordination, especially in the Middle East, he doesn’t think he was appointed because he is Swiss. But it helps, he tells swissinfo.ch. H […]
    Julia Crawford
  • Is remote learning a model for the future? mei 31, 2020
    How will technology-​delivered instruction affect learning? It’s still too early to reach a conclusion, but the implications for exams are clear, says ETH Zurich professor Elsbeth Stern. Since mid-​March, schools and universities worldwide have faced the challenge of converting their learning instruction to ICT (information and communications technology) alm […]
    Elsbeth Stern, Professor of Research on Learning and Instruction at ETH Zurich
  • Coronavirus: the situation in Switzerland mei 30, 2020
    Switzerland is gradually easing unprecedented Covid-19 restrictions in a bid to avoid further damage to the economy. This is where things stand and the latest on the measures in place. Switzerland reported its first suspected Covid-19-related child fatality on May 29. But there is still some confusion over the circumstances.The country has been gradually loo […]
    SWI swissinfo.ch
  • Geneva's United Nations HQ a ghost town under lockdown mei 30, 2020
    The United Nations building in Geneva has been deserted since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. British photographer Mark Henley has ventured into the historic complex to capture the unique ghost town atmosphere.  The corridors and meeting rooms of the sprawling Palais des Nations, the UN’s second-biggest headquarters after New York, are usually ful […]
    Mark Henley (images) and Frédéric Burnand (text), swissinfo.ch
  • Fight over rights to Covid-19 drugs puts Switzerland in a tough spot mei 29, 2020
    Switzerland is caught between established practice and global solidarity when it comes to paying for and rewarding medical innovation. The Alpine country’s economy and its self-professed identity as an innovation powerhouse rely heavily on the rights and rewards attached to patents. It has the most European patent applications per capita and performs well in […]
    Jessica Davis PlĂĽss
  • What is the role of Swiss military observers? mei 29, 2020
    In 1990 Switzerland sent military observers to work in a United Nations peacekeeping mission for the first time, a move that sparked debates in the neutral nation. Here’s a look at the history. What's this all about? In 1990 Switzerland contributed to a UN-peacekeeping mission for the first time. Thirty years later, some 27 Swiss military observers and […]
    Kathrin Ammann, with input from Julie Hunt
  • How flying in and out of Switzerland will look post-Covid mei 28, 2020
    Airports and airlines have outlined new safety measures as flights start to ramp up in Switzerland. Face masks are mainly recommended, but are in some cases compulsory, while social distancing measures may increase waiting times once passenger numbers increase. Airports While the wearing of masks is highly recommended, rather than compulsory, at Zurich and G […]
    Matthew Allen, swissinfo.ch
  • Geneva NGOs face uncertain future due to Covid-19 funding impact mei 28, 2020
    The immediate impact of the pandemic on Geneva-based non-governmental organisations has been restrained, a survey reveals. But NGOs fear tough times ahead linked to funding.  Some 79% of NGOs have been forced to reduce their activities due to the pandemic, a survey published on Thursday shows. One in four have cut staff, but compared to other sectors of the […]
    Simon Bradley
  • Government announces major easing of coronavirus restrictions mei 27, 2020
    The Swiss government has announced a significant relaxation of restrictions and, as of June 19, an end to the "extraordinary situation" to deal with the coronavirus crisis. It said this was made possible by the low number of new infections in recent weeks. Interior Minister Alain Berset, who holds the health portfolio, said they were now around onl […]
    SWI swissinfo.ch
  • What’s happening at Swiss borders and airports? mei 28, 2020
    Can I travel to Switzerland? Are the airports open? Can I drive to my holiday home? Here’s an overview of the latest border situation in the small Alpine nation.  Owing to the positive evolution of the coronavirus in Switzerland, many of the unprecedented lockdown measures have been relaxed, including the easing of some border restrictions.   As part of furt […]
    Simon Bradley, swissinfo.ch

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