Russia to boycott World Economic Forum if its tycoons barred
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Moscow will boycott the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos if it fails to lift restrictions on the attendance of Russian businessmen.
Organizers of the WEF, which takes place every January, have reportedly warned Russian billionaire tycoons Oleg Deripaska and Viktor Vekselberg, and head of the state-controlled VTB bank Andrei Kostin that they're not welcome. All three have been targeted by U.S. sanctions.
Switzerland to lift limits on Romanian, Bulgarian workers
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Swiss president says his country will lift restrictions next year on Romanians and Bulgarians who want to work in Switzerland.
President Alain Berset said Thursday in Bucharest that the current limits imposed on Romanian and Bulgarian workers will end next May.
ZURICH (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani began a two-day visit to Switzerland on Monday that was expected to focus on salvaging progress from the nuclear deal the United States left.
Rouhani waved as he stepped down from his airplane onto the tarmac in Zurich where Swiss President Alain Berset waited to welcome him.
A military band played the countries' national anthems as the two presidents passed Swiss troops and climbed into a Swiss air force helicopter for a flight to the capital, Bern.
Swiss government: Pope Francis to visit Geneva this summer
GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss government spokesman says Pope Francis will visit Geneva in June.
Federal Council spokesman Andre Simonazzi says details of the June 21 visit are being worked out, adding only that President Alain Berset would welcome Francis.
St. John Paul II was the last pope to visit Switzerland, in 2004, one of his last trips.
Swiss president says Rohingya return must be voluntary
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Swiss President Alain Berset said Monday the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar must be voluntary.
Berset, who is on a four-day visit to Bangladesh, said after meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the situation of Rohingya in Bangladesh refugee camps is of great concern to his country.
The Latest: Trump to tell Davos the US ‘open for business’
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):
President Donald Trump plans to meet with world leaders, dine with business executives and declare America "open for business" during his trip to the Davos summit.
White House officials said Tuesday the president is going to the World Economic Forum to promote his economic policies. He departs Wednesday and arrives in Switzerland on Thursday.