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Swiss army moo-ves water for sweltering cows

A cow is pictured in a field at the Tsermon mountain pasture in Gruyeres, Switzerland. Credit: Reuters

Cows sweltering under Switzerland's summer sun are getting help from an unexpected ally - the Swiss army.

Soldiers have been ordered to help keep cows cool amid a week-long heatwave by installing eight artificial reservoirs in the Jura mountains to supply the animals with drinking water.

Military helicopters will scoop water out of nearby lakes and fly it up to pastures.

The army last took on similar missions during the 2003 European heatwave that killed thousands of people.

Swiss investigate cyberattack on Iran nuclear talks

Swiss security services have searched a house in Geneva and confiscated computer equipment in connection with a possible cyberattack on Iran's nuclear talks, the nation's attorney general has said.

A computer virus was used to hack into locations including three luxury hotels that have hosted negotiations between Iran and six world powers, the Russian computer security company Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday.

"On 12 May 2015, a house search took place in Geneva and IT hardware as well as software was seized. The aim of the aforementioned house search was to seize respective information as well as the malware; it was of particular interest to investigate whether the malware infected the respective IT systems," the Swiss attorney-general's office in Berne said in a statement.

Criminal proceedings have also been opened against unknown persons "on suspicion of political espionage".

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