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The week ahead Women in film, Burkhalter in Cuba, and bugs in your food


Here are the top stories we’re following the week of August 10:



The commercial sale of insects as food may soon be legal in Switzerland. Producers are ready to go, but what could eating crickets, mealworms and locusts mean for consumers? 


Thursday looks at how the Locarno film festival compares with those in other countries when it comes to giving female directors a platform. Check back on Saturday, when the winner of the festival’s top honour – the Golden Leopard – will be announced.



The United Nations committee against torture presents its conclusions from a report on Swiss engagement with human rights in Geneva. Last week, committee experts condemned Switzerland’s treatment of refugees during panel discussions.



Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter travels to Cuba for the official reopening of the US Embassy in Havana. Burkhalter’s attendance, at the invitation of US Secretary of State John Kerry, is the first official visit by a Swiss cabinet minister to the island nation.



The annual two-day Congress of the Swiss Abroad kicks off. Held in Geneva by the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad, the congress brings together Swiss citizens living all around the world. In light of the federal elections in October, the theme of this year’s congress is citizens’ participation in politics.

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