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(Warning: This interview contains spoilers through Episode 107 of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.”)

Decisions, decisions.

Dinah Stevens (Adina Porter) is trying to avoid taking sides on “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.” And so far, the voodoo-queen-turned-TV-star has been doing a pretty good job minding her own business in Outpost 3 for the first seven episodes of the eighth installment in the Ryan Murphy anthology series. And that’s partly because we haven’t actually revisited the bunker in a while.

But based on last week’s episode — which dove into Dinah’s backstory with the “Coven” witches and how she advised Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) to sacrifice her girls’ souls to give herself the power she needs to fight antichrist Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) in the coming battle, though the Supreme did not heed her warning — it looks like she’s going to need to join a team in the present day, and soon.

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Porter sat down with TheWrap Tuesday to tell us if Dinah is going to stay out of this whole mess, now that she’s been brought back to life by her fellow witches in the Outpost — after everyone down there suffered a nasty case of death by poison apples.

“No, we won’t tap out,” Porter said in the interview above. “But you know, Dinah there was a whole speech that got cut… You know, Switzerland I think got it right. You know what I mean? Switzerland is always neutral, and then they just end up being on the side of the winner.”

So does that mean she knows who the winner here is going to be: antichrist Michael, current Supreme Cordelia or supposedly rising Supreme Mallory (played by Billie Lourd)? Maybe.

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But when asked who she’d put her money on — after a deep breath and a very long pause — she said with a smile, “Switzerland got it right.”

Watch Porter’s full interview — in which she also gives her ideas for the next two seasons of “AHS” — above.

“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX.

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Almost half a century after he made a documentary about director John Ford, Peter Bodganovich is back with his second look at a classic filmmaker. “The Great Buster: A Celebration,” in which the director of “The Last Picture Show” and “What’s Up, Doc?” follows the life and career of pioneering silent comic and peerless stuntman Buster Keaton, opens on Friday at the Nuart in Los Angeles.

Featuring abundant Keaton footage, from the classic boulder chase in “Seven Chances” to television commercials he made near the end of his life, “The Great Buster” also finds Bogdanovich talking about Keaton with a potpourri of fans that includes Quentin Tarantino, Mel Brooks, Werner Herzog and Johnny Knoxville.

The film is structured chronologically, with one big exception: When it gets to 1923, when Keaton began a string of 10 landmark features that included “The General” and “Steamboat Bill, Jr.,” it jumps forward six years and saves the best stuff for last.

Bogdanovich, who was also instrumental in Netflix’s recent completion of the early ’70s Orson Welles movie “The Other Side of Midnight,” spoke to TheWrap about Keaton, old movies and why he’s not worried about the demise of the video store.

You haven’t done a documentary on a filmmaker since “Directed by John Ford” in 1971, have you?
I did John Ford, that’s right. And then I didn’t do a documentary until Tom Petty [“Runnin’ Down a Dream” in 2007]. Won a Grammy for that. I’m very proud of it.

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So why do one on Buster Keaton?
Charles Cohen financed it. He owns the rights to the ’20s pictures, which is all the good stuff, and he asked me if I would be interested in doing a documentary on Keaton. I said yeah, and it was as simple as that. I loved Keaton. He was one of the two people that were alive in my lifetime that I didn’t meet, that I wanted to: Buster Keaton and Noel Coward.

Did you pass up chances to meet them?
With Keaton, I was just trying to find out where he was, and he died. We lived not that far away from each other in the Valley, and I was trying to find him. That was a near miss.

I definitely had a chance to meet Noel Coward, and it was sort of stupid of me. I was in Vevey in Switzerland, shooting “Daisy Miller,” and he was just up the mountain there. I thought, “Well, he’s not going to want to meet some young American director, why should I bother him?”

But he died about a year later, and about a year after that I met his executor, Graham Payn, because Audrey Hepburn and I were talking about doing “Private Lives” on Broadway. And Graham said, “You know, one of the last films that Noel saw was ‘Paper Moon,’ and he loved it.”

And I thought, “S—.” I would like to have heard him say that.

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Do you remember your first exposure to Keaton?
I’ve been a fan of Keaton’s since I was about 5 years old. My father, who was quite a bit older than my mother, grew up with silent pictures. Sound didn’t come in until my father was 30. So he took me to the Museum of Modern Art in New York to see a lot of silent films. The first movies I saw, really, were silent pictures: Keaton, Chaplin, Griffith, Harold Lloyd, those people.

I loved Keaton. In fact, when I made the chase sequence in “What’s Up, Doc,” I said, “This is a Buster Keaton chase.” There were only a couple of jokes we stole from Keaton, I think, but the idea was sort of Keaton-esque.

I assume you started the film with a pretty good idea of the story that you’re going to tell. Did it change much in the making?
Well, I don’t know where I got this idea, but it was the one good idea that I had, which was to end with the features. And the reason I did that was the old showbiz axiom, “Leave ‘em laughing.” With Buster Keaton, I didn’t want to leave them sad. And his life was kind of sad toward the end, although he was happily married, which I think saved his life. But he smoked a lot, didn’t take care of himself.

Luckily, the Venice Film Festival had celebrated him a year before he died, so I could use that in the plot to bring the features back.

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It’s tricky, though, when you’re going through the chronology and then you get to the great features and say, “We’ll come back to these later.”

You have to trust that the audience will say, “OK, you can skip the good stuff.”
Well, you know, I did it with complete authority. [Laughs] And I thought they would have to just accept it. And also, I think the fact that I was doing the narration and I made the picture sort of worked. I would usually hire somebody to do the narration, but I felt it was so personal that I could make it more personal by narrating it.

We’ve all seen the classic Keaton sequences, and you can never watch that boulder chase from “Seven Chances” enough. But were you conscious of trying to create a mixture of stuff that Keaton fans would have seen with stuff they wouldn’t have seen?
I didn’t think about it much. I just sort of followed my instincts, my gut reactions.

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But you also have things that aren’t familiar, like the TV commercials he did late in his life. Was there footage you found that surprised you?
Not surprised me. I knew of the commercials but I hadn’t seen them, and those were fun. I thought it was funny and sad that he had to do that. I was sad that he didn’t have a comeback. But that’s America.

So making this film sounds like a pretty smooth process.
It didn’t present any difficulties. The biggest challenge was the thought of putting all the features at the end. How do you get on, how do you get off? That’s show business.

We’re in an era now where if you want to see an old Buster Keaton movie, you can probably do it with a few clicks. With the rise of Netflix and Amazon and all, more old movies are available immediately than ever before. But if you can’t find it online, the video stores that would actually have stuff like that are…
Gone. Gone with the wind.

Is that troubling to you?
No, because all of it is available on DVD. I mean, most of the films you want to see, you can get them on DVD. All of Keaton is available. Everything, including the stuff that isn’t good. Older films are more available now than they’ve ever been, I think. I don’t know if there’s interest in them, but they’re around.

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With HBO throwing in the towel on boxing, one of its biggest fighters is heading to online streaming.

Canelo Alvarez has signed a five-year, 11-fight deal with DAZN, the sports streaming service led by former ESPN president John Skipper. The company claims Alvarez’s deal is the richest sports contract for any athlete in history.

ESPN reported it’s for $365 million, which would surpass the 13-year/$325 million contract that baseball star Giancarlo Stanton signed with the Miami Marlins in 2014 (he’s since been traded to the New York Yankees). A representative for DAZN did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for clarification on the actual dollar amount of the contract.

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The deal begins with the Dec. 15 bout at Madison Square Garden against Rocky Fielding for his WBA Super Middleweight World Title.

“We are thrilled to be exclusive partners with Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar De La Hoya,” said Skipper, DAZN Group Executive Chairman. “By bringing Canelo’s fights to DAZN, we will turn his pay-per-view success into a growth engine for subscribers – a truly transformational moment for our business and the entire industry.”

Skipper, who resigned from ESPN after 27 years last December, joined DAZN’s parent company Perform Group as executive chairman in May. DAZN was launched just two years ago, and made its U.S. debut earlier this year.

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As part of the deal, Golden Boy Promotions — Alvarez’s management company led by Oscar de la Hoya — will put on up to 10 fights each year on DAZN beginning in 2019. The DAZN-Golden Boy deal includes a large production element, which places Oscar De La Hoya as executive producer of the live fight nights.

Alvarez and Golden Boy were one of HBO’s biggest boxing draws. In 2014, HBO pried Alvarez and Golden Boy away from rival Showtime in a huge exclusive deal. But last month, HBO said it would no longer feature live boxing matches beginning next year, which had a programming staple for 45 years.

The deal between Alvarez and DAZN in landmark in another way: It will take one of boxing’s biggest draws off Pay-Per-View, where the sport makes the most of its money. The fights will be available in all DAZN markets, including the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan. The service is available for $9.99 per month.

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Last week, it was reported that the Central Bank of Turkey withdrew the national gold reserve from the US Federal Reserve System. Given the fact that the United States has been imposing whole packages of sanctions on Russia one after another since 2014, why does Russia still keep its gold and other assets in the USA? If it is not in the USA, then where does Russia keep her gold? Turkey's "American gold" was partly returned to Turkey and deposited to European banks, particularly in England and Switzerland. Ankara's gold reserve totals 564.6 tons.Accumulating physical gold by central banks has become a trend lately. Even such a small European country as Hungary returned three tons of its gold from London in early 2018. Venezuela, Holland, Austria and Germany did the same - the countries that feel pressure from the part of the Washington consensus. For example, both the European Union and the Western world have been criticizing Hungary heavily. The nation's gold reserve gives Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban a reason to feel more confident.What about Russia? She has been the main "whipping girl" in the eyes of the "civilized world" lately. Yevgeny Fedorov, a member of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes, told Pravda.Ru, that the information about the location of Russia's gold is classified." "Some of Russia's gold used to be stored in the USA, but we do not know whether Russia has returned that gold," the MP said. According to Yevgeny Fedorov, the Central Bank of Russia "is a branch of the US Federal Reserve, so I would not be surprised if we still keep some of our gold in the United States," he said. "If we don't keep our gold in the USA, then we do keep some of our assets there - i.e. we support the US economy, which is a very bad phenomenon," Fedorov told Pravda.Ru. This policy, the MP added, is stipulated in Article 15 of the Constitution, the system of international treaties and the status of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. To change such a state of affairs, Russia needs to conduct revolutionary reforms. "It is only now, when the law on counter-sentences raises the need to remove US managers from Russian ministries and the Central Bank. If Putin wins with his policy to end the subordination to the American unipolar world, then everything may work out well," Yevgeny Fedorov told Pravda.Ru. In turn, researcher Mikhail Khazin told Pravda.Ru that Russia does not keep its physical gold in the US. "We keep our assets in US government securities, but we have been recently reducing the share of these assets significantly. There is a probability that the Americans will not give them back, so we need to get rid of those bonds," the expert told Pravda.Ru. Pavel Salin, director of the Center for Policy Studies of the Finance University, also said that Russia does not keep its physical gold in the United States."The Russian gold reserve is stored in Russia, and the foreign exchange reserves are kept at US Treasuries. We tend to reduce their amount, but it is impossible to do it instantly, because it will look like an attempt to collapse the US debt market with all ensuing consequences. It could also trigger a major conflict with China that holds $1 trillion 200 million in these bonds and Japan - about one trillion dollars," the expert told Pravda.Ru.According to the US Treasury, the Central Bank of Russia sold US government bonds worth 11.9 billion dollars from December to February, having this reduced the volume of assets by 11.2 percent ($93.8 billion). It is worthy of note that immediately after the introduction of sanctions against Russia in March 2014, the Central Bank of Russia withdrew about $115 billion from the US Federal Reserve System (FRS). However, two weeks after the incident, the Russian Central Bank returned the funds to Fed accounts, Reuters says. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
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While Donald Trump reviewed his first year in office during his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, viewers, including celebrities, hilariously reviewed his politics on social media.

During the president’s nearly 80 minute speech, Hollywood stars tweeted their reactions with many calling out Trump for his policies on tax cuts and immigration, in addition to amplifying his own clapping with the microphone.

“Tonight, I call upon on all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people. This is really the key. These are the people we were elected to serve,” Trump told Congress.

“I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve,” he later added.

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Actors and musicians, as well as politicians, pointed out what Trump and his speech were lacking on Twitter.

“I tried. I listened but the amount of BS and stunts and questions raised that will never be answered made me throw my remote and now I am listening to Tom Petty and am a better American for it. #SOTU,” actress Elizabeth Banks said, adding, “PS not all immigrants are in murderous gangs, one did my hair color today – I don’t really need to say this, right?”

I tried. I listened but the amount of BS and stunts and questions raised that will never be answered made me throw my remote and now I am listening to Tom Petty and am a better American for it. #SOTU

— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) January 31, 2018

“Dreamers should not be used as a bargaining chip or held hostage in exchange for anti-immigrant policies,” California Senator Kamala Harris tweeted.

Dreamers should not be used as a bargaining chip or held hostage in exchange for anti-immigrant policies. #SOTU

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 31, 2018

“How ungrateful can a man be? In his long inauguration address Trump did not spend one minute to thank the people who helped him get elected, his dedicated Russian allies and their peerless leader, Vladimir Putin. I have just lost all respect for POTUS the Putz,” comedian Carl Reiner shared.

How ungrateful can a man be? In his long inauguration address Trump did not spend one minute to thank the people who helped him get elected, his dedicated Russian allies and their peerless leader, Vladimir Putin. I have just lost all respect for POTUS the Putz,

— carl reiner (@carlreiner) January 31, 2018

My vision for America is one in which everyone is welcomed, regardless of religion, race, or country of origin. It’s people who make America great, not bigoted policies. #StateOfTheDream

— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) January 31, 2018

Trump talked about DACA and immigration, but what he did not tell the American people is that he precipitated this crisis in September by repealing President Obama’s executive order protecting Dreamers. #BernieResponds

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 31, 2018

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Meanwhile, host Andy Cohen and actress Amber Tamblyn turned footage of Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi into memes.

Nancy Pelosi’s stink eye is EVERYTHING!!!!!

— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 31, 2018

America right now is like

— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) January 31, 2018

In addition, some were fed up with Trump’s round of applause for himself.


— Grace VanderWaal (@GraceVanderWaal) January 31, 2018

Clap Fest 2018

— Big Boi (@BigBoi) January 31, 2018

Even Trump’s clapping is obnoxious

— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) January 31, 2018

And others boycotted the SOTU by encouraging their followers to skip the address.

Chrissy Teigen, Chance the Rapper and The Big Sick‘s Kumail Nanjiani were among those sharing their protest.


— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 31, 2018

The State of our Union is that just when you thought @chrissyteigen already did everything, she now does magic #SOTU

— Rick Martínez (@rickmzp) January 31, 2018

RT if you're not watching #SOTU

— Chance The Rapper (@ChanceFrom79th) January 31, 2018

not watching

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 31, 2018

In addition to Trump’s highly anticipated speech, First Lady Melania Trump also made her first public appearance since allegations of her husband’s affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.

Breaking tradition, Mrs. Trump arrived separately from the president, opting to ride with her guests invited to the first lady’s box, according to CNN.

The appearance comes after the first lady abruptly canceled a planned trip to Davos, Switzerland, with President Trump last week amid allegations that he had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels. The change of plans stirred further speculation about a possible rift between the first couple, especially after it was reported that the first lady traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday instead of Davos. | 1/31/18
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DAVOS, Switzerland — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos (all times local):

2 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he's going to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, "to tell the world how great America is and is doing."

"Our economy is now booming and with all I am doing, will only get better...Our country is finally WINNING again!" the president adds in a tweet before departing the White House for the summit.

Brace yourself, because we have another royal wedding on the way! Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank announced their engagement on Monday, and they will be tying the knot this Fall at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle (yep, the same venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle). Eugenie and Jack have been together for nearly a decade now, but not much is known about Jack - that is, until now, anyway. From what he does for a living to his surprising connection to George Clooney, read on for five fast facts about Eugenie's fiancé.

  1. He's in the hospitality business. Jack was once the manager of London's Mahiki nightclub but left to set up a wine merchant business, which he named Jack Brooksbank Ltd. He's also the UK ambassador for George Clooney and Rande Gerber's tequila brand, Casamigos.
  2. He's a commoner, just like Meghan Markle. Jack may not be a royal like Eugenie, but he does come from a successful family. His dad, George, is an accountant and a company director.
  3. He and Eugenie have been going strong for almost eight years now. The couple first began dating in 2010 after they were introduced by friends while skiing in Verbier, Switzerland. They carried on a long-distance relationship when Eugenie moved to NYC for school in 2013 and have been together ever since.
  4. He's older than Eugenie, but only by a few years. Eugenie is 27, while Jack is 31, making Jack four years older than her.
  5. He and Eugenie's dog share the same name. Yes, Eugenie's fiancé and her dog are both named Jack, which the royal previously told Harper's Bazaar was a "total accident."

DAVOS, Switzerland — The latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):

11:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump plans to meet with world leaders, dine with business executives and declare America "open for business" during his trip to the Davos summit.

White House officials said Tuesday the president is going to the World Economic Forum to promote his economic policies. He departs Wednesday and arrives in Switzerland on Thursday.

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Greenpeace is famous for campaigning against corporations.

We made “Choke” out of Coca-Cola's logo to draw attention to the massive plastic pollution impact they have around the world. 

Polar bear hijacks Coke’s holiday advertising in London. 5 Dec, 2017

We stand in the way of imports of dirty cars and expose corporate misbehaviour wherever we encounter it.

The public image of Greenpeace is often one of "corporate bashers". We can indeed be pretty harsh and irreverent when calling attention to corporate misdeeds, like in this satire video.


Of course, we don't believe that everyone in a corporation thinks like the man in the video. There are many in business - and many businesses - that want to do the right thing for people and planet. We applaud them.

Greenpeace never says no without offering an alternative. We are so committed to getting the solutions our world needs adopted fast, that we are, at times, willing to praise corporations that are still part of the problem.

We'll say “well done” to Coca Cola for eliminating climate damaging refrigerants from their cooling equipment because it benefits our climate and future generations. But we do so in the context of us demanding more fundamental change.  And we do so at the very same time as we campaign against them on plastic pollution.

We have “no permanent friends or enemies”. That's part of our core values - and it works to achieve change. The work with Coca-Cola to eliminate climate damaging gases, for example, also started as a brand jam when they were providing the “green Sydney Olympics” with cooling equipment that destroyed our climate.

Campaign against the use of HFCs in fridges by the Sydney Olympics sponsor, Coca-Cola. 14 Jun, 2000

It’s a fact, though, that corporations who misbehave are too rarely punished - and too often have captured our political leaders. The public good - our planet, our future - is the loser.

You can see that clearly in our new report Justice for People and Planet, which showcases 20 case studies of corporate capture, collusion and impunity. The report describes how some corporations have abused and violated human and environmental rights around the world. The examples are as shocking as they are diverse, ranging from deforestation, water and air pollution, plastic pollution, or waste dumping, to chemical spills, nuclear disaster, violations of Indigenous rights and more.

The report argues that it is the rules that govern our global economy (and lack thereof) that are the real reason behind such corporate misdeeds. Economic globalisation has created significant governance gaps. There are no enforceable social and environmental global rules governing global economic players.

That we lack these rules to deliver a sustainable and fair economy worldwide is the result of specific political choices by our leaders. The cases presented in our report show that corporate impunity for environmental destruction and human rights violations is a result of the current economic and legal systems.

The failure to protect human rights and the environment is often caused by state institutions and decision-makers being captured by specific corporate interests. This all too often leads to politicians failing to pass binding laws and failing to ensure corporations are held to account.

There is a different way. Effective state action could end corporate capture and close the governance gap. Global regulations with teeth are clearly possible – they exist! The World Trade Organisation, for example, can sanction countries that break its rules.

We need similarly strong roles for the environment and human rights. That’s why we're putting forward 10 Principles for Corporate Accountability:

  1. People and the environment, not corporations, must be at the heart of governance and public life.
  2. Public participation should be inherent to all policy making.
  3. States should abandon policies that undermine environmental and human rights.
  4. Corporations should be subject to binding rules both where they are based and where they operate.
  5. States should require due diligence reporting and cradle to grave responsibility for corporate products and services.
  6. States should promote a race to the top by prohibiting corporations from carrying out activities abroad which are prohibited in their home state for reasons of risks to environmental or human rights.
  7. States should create policies that provide transparency in all corporate and government activities that impact environmental and human rights, including in trade, tax, finance and investment regimes.
  8. Corporations and those individuals who direct them should be liable for environmental and human rights violations committed domestically or abroad by companies under their control.
  9. People affected by environmental and human rights violations should be guaranteed their right to effective access to remedy, including in company home states where necessary.
  10. States must actually enforce the regulatory and policy frameworks they create.

You can find much more detail about these principles (and why they are needed) in the report itself.

And you can, like us, take heart in some steps in the right direction that are already underway: France, recently required corporations to identify potential risks to people and the environment as a result of their activities, and act to prevent harm to people and the environment.

Switzerland is gearing up for a people’s referendum that would legally oblige corporations to incorporate respect for human rights and the environment in all their business activities.

New specialised laws such as the UK’s Modern Slavery Act also require businesses to tackle slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.

All these show how governments can make rules with teeth to govern corporate activities around the world. If they want to.

Statue of Justice Activity in Davos. 18 Jan, 2018

A more just and sustainable world is possible. If all who want a livable planet push for it - together. Are you in? 

Daniel Mittler is the Political Director of Greenpeace International




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The economy of Switzerland is one of the world's most stable economies. Its policy of long-term monetary security and political stability has made Switzerland a safe haven for investors, creating an economy that is increasingly dependent on a steady tide of foreign investment. Because of the country's small size and high labor specialisation, industry and trade are the keys to Switzerland's economic livelihood. Switzerland has achieved one of the highest per capita incomes in the world with low unemployment rates and a low budget deficit. The service sector has also come to play a significant economic role.

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