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Hi, this is Paula. Following the death of president Ebrahim Raisi, an Iran expert doesn’t expect much to change for the country’s domestic or foreign policies, including towards Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Davos voters say no to opportunists drawn to the annual global gathering and the town’s main thoroughfare, and a vote in the UN Security Council adopts a US-backed Gaza hostage-for-ceasefire resolution.

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Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a ceremony marking 35th anniversary of late leader Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, 3 June 2024. (Keystone/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

🇨🇭🇮🇷‘Less impressive and less important’: Switzerland’s role as an intermediary in Iran. Cyrus Schayegh, a professor of international history at the Geneva Graduate Institute, shares his insights on Iran’s future foreign policy and why Switzerland’s role as an intermediary in the region could fade.

Swissinfo (EN)

🏔️Davos clamps down on WEF hangers-on. Under new rules voted on last weekend, local residents and businesses can only lease their spaces to paid-up members of the World Economic Forum and official delegates — an effort by the local council to clamp down on the streams of visitors who flock to the town each year.

Politico (EN)

🗳️UN security council endorses US-backed hostages-for-ceasefire Gaza deal. The resolution calls for Hamas to accept a proposal made by US president Joe Biden, to swap elderly, sick or women hostages for a six-week ceasefire.

The Guardian (EN)

🕊️About 90 countries to take part in the Swiss-hosted Ukraine peace summit. Switzerland’s president Viola Amherd told reporters in Bern on Monday that Russia has not been invited but says it would not have attended anyway as the conference is based on the peace proposals of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky that Russia rejects.

Associated Press (EN)

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