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Swiss voters firmly reject curbs on immigration

Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected proposals on that would impose strict curbs on immigration.

The proposals were a reaction to fears foreign workers are eroding Swiss Alpine culture. Credit: Reuters

The measures reflected a growing sense that Switzerland is under siege by foreign workers eroding its Alpine culture.

The proposal, backed by the right-wing Swiss People's Party, that aimed to cut annual immigration by three-quarters from current levels in order to reduce the strain on Switzerland's pristine natural environment was rejected by 74% of voters.


Three bodies found at station in Swiss Alpine town

The people have been found dead in an Alpine town in Switzerland, police said.

The Associated Press quoted a police spokeswoman as saying that officers found three bodies near a railway station in Wilderswil, central Switzerland, this morning.

Wilderswil train station seen in its Alpine setting. Credit: Google Maps

Local media reported that the three were victims of a shooting.

The train station at Wilderswil seen marked on a map of Switzerland. Credit: Google Maps


Swiss train passengers walk to safety on tracks in Alps

Dozens of passengers on the Swiss train which derailed in the Alps have been forced to walk on the tracks to reach safety.

Passengers are seen walking on tracks in the Swiss Alps to reach safety.

The rescue operation is still continuing after three carriages came off the tracks following heavy rain.

Rescuers try to get to one of the carriages which fell down a ravine.

Swiss police said 11 people were hurt, five seriously, in the crash.

A police helicopter hovers over the crash site between Tiefencastel and Solis in the Swiss state of Graubuenden.

11 hurt after Swiss passenger train carrying 200 derails

Eleven people have been injured after three carriages derailed when a Swiss mountain train ran into a landslide in the Alps.

A crash victim is airlifted to safety. Credit: PA

A Swiss Police spokeswoman said five people were seriously hurt and another six sustained slight injuries.

Some 200 people were on board at the time of the accident, which happened after heavy rain in a deep wooded valley between Tiefencastel and Solis, south-east of Zurich in the canton, or state, of Graubuenden.

The train is operated by Rhaetische Bahn, which runs narrow-gauge routes in Switzerland's mountainous south-eastern corner that are popular with tourists.

The line where the accident happened connects Chur, Graubuenden's administrative capital, with the ski resort of St Moritz.

Police helicopters are still trying to rescue people as the site cannot be accessed by road. Credit: PA

Police: Derailed train was carrying around 200 people

The train that derailed in Switzerland was carrying around 200 people between Tiefencastel and Solis, according to a statement from the cantonal police department.

The statement said that a rescue and evacuation operation is in process involving the air-rescue and ambulance services, firefighters, Alpine Rescue and police.

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