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Rüschlikon holds on to Glencore bonus

The Swiss village's decision to give itself a tax cut is facing criticism. By Tony Paterson

Swiss village wins tax break thanks to billionaire

Residents in the Swiss village of Rüschlikon are celebrating an unexpectedly generous Christmas tax break thanks to billionaire Ivan Glasenberg, the head of commodities giant Glencore, who lives there.

Right-to-die suicide letter angry at MP's 'cowardice'

A British woman who travelled to Switzerland to die has condemned the "cowardice of politicians" which forced her to spend her last hours away from home.

Sepp Blatter announces Qatar as the successful bidders for the 2022 World Cup last year

World Cup bid process leads Fifa reform recommendations

FIFA's new reform chief has recommended a complete overhaul of World Cup bidding, saying the current process is "a mix of corruption risk and conflict of interest concerns".

UK signs agreement to tax Swiss bank accounts

The Treasury will recoup more than £5bn in unpaid tax from Britons with Swiss bank accounts under a deal between the UK and Switzerland signed last night. Switzerland's strict secrecy laws have made it a safe haven for the rich, but the UK Government is cracking down on offshore tax evasion.

Drive-in sex plan to curb prostitutes in Europe's playground

A public backlash is forcing a rethink of Switzerland's liberal laws on sex workers

Colonel Albert Bachmann: Swiss spymaster whose paranoid fantasies embarrassed his government

Colonel Albert Bachmann was Switzerland's colourful but controversial spymaster, who single-handedly made his country's intelligence service a laughing stock. Through his fantasies and paranoia he brought humiliation upon the Swiss government when he was exposed. Loyalists regarded him as a fearless visionary; others agreed with the intelligence agent who dismissed his former boss as "a glorified Boy Scout who saw evil everywhere and believed that he alone possessed the absolute truth about national defence."

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Robert Velaise: Flamboyant film producer and distributor best known for 'The Go-Between'

The reputation of Robert Velaise may have been limited to his immediate profession, the international film industry through which he cut a swathe for more than 50 years, but its resonance approached that of legend. Velaise lived, worked, and indeed played in a manner befitting the moguls and stars of the golden age of Hollywood while maintaining a rigorous business ethic and an utter disinterest in the celebrity in which he traded.

Martin Boyce, Modern Institute, Glasgow

A neglected park in a down-at-heel seaside resort, where teenagers spend winter up-ending the benches. Turner-shortlisted Martin Boyce often recreates a plangent corner of the outside world within a gallery, playing with the built environment, resetting it in a minor key.

Swiss vote to continue assisted suicide

Swiss voters rejected proposals to ban assisted suicide and so-called "suicide tourism" yesterday in a referendum which permits British citizens and other foreign nationals to continue visiting the country to obtain help in ending their lives.

Who's your Dada? Art project seeks couple for name game

A Swiss artistic duo is seeking a Russian couple expecting a baby this autumn to offer an unusual proposition: call your baby "Dada" and we'll give you $10,000 (£6,000).

Insure your royal wedding street party

People organising street parties to celebrate the royal wedding on 29 April are being offered one-off event insurance by Zurich.

Goal-line systems ready to be tested

The results of tests on 10 different goal-line technology systems will be considered by world football's rule-making body at their annual meeting next month in Cardiff.

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