• SWISS GEAR UP FOR VOTE ON TOUGHER ASYLUM LAW

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    GENEVA: The Swiss on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) were gearing up for a popular vote on whether to throw out a government move to toughen up the asylum law amid a spike in refugees to the wealthy Alpine nation. Bern had made controversial changes to the asylum law after applications soared to its highest level in over a decade, including removing military desertion from a list of valid grounds for seeking asylum in Switzerland.

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