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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".


HSBC agrees huge payout with Swiss authorities

HSBC has agreed to pay the authorities in Geneva 40 million Swiss francs (£27.9 million) to settle an investigation into allegations of money laundering at its Swiss private bank.

The bank said in a statement that the payment is to compensate the authorities for past organisational failings and that no criminal charges would be filed.

HSBC agrees huge fine with Swiss authorities Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

In February Geneva's public prosecutor searched HSBC's lakeside Swiss offices as part of its probe.

HSBC has apologised to customers and investors over the previous failings of its Swiss business and has said the operation has since been overhauled.

It said the Geneva prosecutor had acknowledged the progress the bank had made in recent years. Switzerland's financial markets regulator FINMA had already found fault with HSBC in 2010-2011 for its poor internal controls and violations of money laundering guidelines.

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