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The Week Ahead Asbestos exposure, lead contamination and Sepp Blatter

Here are the top stories we’re following the week of July 20:





An extraordinary meeting of FIFA’s executive committee will be followed by a press conference featuring Sepp Blatter, president of world football’s beleaguered governing body. The aim of the extraordinary meeting will be to set dates and an agenda for choosing a new president in Zurich sometime between December 2015 and February 2016. 



This year, the Swiss Open Gstaad is serving up high-class, high-altitude tennis for the 100th time. looks back at the tournament’s highs and lows, its effect on local tourism and the surprising challenges involved in organising an international tennis competition in a small mountain village.  



A judge in Turin, Italy will decide whether to indict Swiss industrialist Stephan Schmidheiny on homicide charges related to the deaths of 3,000 factory workers from asbestos exposure. In February, an Italian state prosecutor called for a re-trial of Schmidheiny, who was acquitted by Italy’s Supreme Court in November 2014 on the grounds that the statute of limitations for the case had expired.



In the wake of accusations of lead contamination in its Maggi instant noodles, Nestlé finds itself in the middle of another public relations disaster. examines the company’s past PR headaches and the damage they have wrought.

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