Switzerland set to retain licence fee for broadcaster

By John Revill ZURICH, March 4 : Swiss citizens appeared on Sunday to have clearly rejected an attempt to abolish fees for state radio and TV in a vote seen as protecting public service broadcasting in the country. Had the proposal passed, Switzerland would have been the first European country to abolish mandatory licence fees […]

Syria’s Aleppo expects Iran power boost soon

By Laila Bassam and Firas Makdesi ALEPPO, Syria, March 4 : The power supply in Syria’s Aleppo will be boosted this year thanks to new capacity installed by its ally Iran, a step towards reviving the industrial hub whose electricity grid has been destroyed in seven years of war, a Syrian official said. The five […]

Germany’s Social Democrats back coalition with Merkel

By Thomas Escritt BERLIN, March 4 : Members of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) voted in favour of a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Sunday, opening the way to a new government for Europe’s largest economy. Two thirds of the membership backed the deal, a party official said — a wider margin than many […]

Germany’s Social Democrats back coalition with Merkel – media

By Thomas Escritt BERLIN, March 4 : Members of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) voted in favour of a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Sunday, German media reported, a result that would open the way to a new government for Europe’s economic powerhouse. Five months after an inconclusive election, and after the failure of […]