A contentious proposal to hold businesses liable for human rights and environmental abuses around the world has been voted down in Switzerland. The plan won popular support in Sunday’s referendum, with 50.7 percent voting “yes”, but it failed to win support in a majority of cantons. Plus, Brexit talks resumed on Saturday but no breakthrough has been made. The risk of the UK crashing out of the Single Market without a trade deal is rising as the current transition period is set to expire at the end of this year.
Since the coronavirus pandemic, the "Makerspace" workshop in Darmstadt has been turned into a hub for dropping off plastic parts made at home by volunteers and used to assemble face shields sent to health workers across Germany and even as far off as a refugee camp in Greece. The so-called German MakerVsVirus network -- extending into Austria and Switzerland thanks to the shared language -- gathers about 7,000 enthusiasts who are using their own 3D printers or other gadgets to produce much coveted medical gear.
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has ordered Switzerland to post a bond worth USD14million with Nigeria in order to secure the release of a gas oil tanker and its crew that was arrested by the Nigerian Navy.
Renowned legal luminary and activist, Femi Falana, has said Western nations comprising US, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany among others would not help Nigeria in her prolonged fight against looting of public funds and their transfer to the Western countries by looters.