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Swiss police hunt for chainsaw attacker

Ginebra - Swiss police were searching Monday for a man who went on a rampage while armed with a chainsaw in an attack police said was not "a terrorist act".

Swiss police confirm identity of couple found on glacier

Geneva - DNA tests have established that the remains found on a receding glacier last week in the Swiss Alps were of a couple that disappeared 75 years ago, police said Wednesday.

Swiss couple found on glacier 75 years after disappearance

Geneva - A Swiss couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their family, relatives and media said Tuesday.

Mastering manners at Switzerland's last finishing school

Waadt - Eight women sit primly around an elaborately set table making pleasant small-talk about the weather, as immaculately starched waiting staff stand at the ready.

Jailbird: Swiss collector sentenced for filching feathers

Geneva - A Swiss hawk enthusiast was on Wednesday sentenced to three years behind bars for stealing more than 10,000 bird feathers worth an estimated $6 million from European museums.

Al-Qaeda in Mali releases video showing 6 foreign hostages alive: SITE

Bamako - Al-Qaeda's Mali branch has released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, including elderly Australian surgeon Arthur Kenneth Elliott and Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin, US-based monitoring group SITE said.

Glencore makes new bid for Rio's Australia coal assets

Sydney - Rio Tinto said on Monday that Swiss commodities giant Glencore has upped its offer for the firm's Australian coal assets, raising the stakes in a bidding war with China-backed Yancoal.

Political turmoil finds artistic outlet at Basel fair

Basel - Hundreds of glass bottles suspended in nets or hanging from chains hauntingly illustrate the horrors of the slave trade, while 40,000 golden bullets are poised menacingly above an egg-covered surface.

Art market eyes rebound as Basel fair kicks off

Basel - The global art market appeared to collectively sigh with relief as deep-pocketed collectors descended on Art Basel this week after two years of dwindling sales.

Man guilty of libel over Facebook 'likes': Swiss court

Geneva - In a landmark ruling, a Swiss court has fined a man for "liking" comments on Facebook accusing an animal rights activist of being a "racist" and an "anti-Semite".

Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

Geneva - The Swiss voted Sunday in favour of a massive overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.A full 58.

Swiss to vote on gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

Geneva - The Swiss will vote in a referendum Sunday on a planned overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.

Heiress to Nina Ricci fortune avoids jail for tax fraud

Paris - A French appeals court ruled Friday that the heiress to the estate of fashion designer Nina Ricci will not serve jail time over her conviction for tax fraud, reducing an earlier sentence.

German FM rebukes Switzerland over tax scandal

Frankfurt Am Main - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday upbraided Switzerland for allegedly monitoring German finance inspectors who hunt cross-border tax cheats.

Swiss guards, loyal soldiers of the pope, take the oath

Vatican City - Forty new Swiss Guards were sworn in at the Vatican on Saturday, the latest halberd-clutching soldiers of the pope to serve a tradition stretching back 500 years.

Stratospheric solar plane makes first test flight

Payerne - The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland Friday.

Swiss spy 'ran mole' in German tax office: report

Berlin - A Swiss spy allegedly monitoring German finance officials who hunt cross-border tax cheats also ran a mole in a state finance ministry office, media reports said Thursday.

Legendary Swiss climber cremated near Everest

The body of legendary Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who died on Mount Everest, was cremated on Thursday at a Buddhist monastery that lies in the shadow of the world's highest peak.

Legendary Swiss climber cremated near Everest

The body of legendary Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who died on Mount Everest, was cremated on Thursday at a Buddhist monastery that lies in the shadow of the world's highest peak.

Legendary Swiss climber cremated near Everest

The body of legendary Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who died on Mount Everest, was cremated on Thursday at a Buddhist monastery that lies in the shadow of the world's highest peak.

Germany asks Swiss envoy to clarify 'spy case'

Berlin - Berlin on Tuesday asked the Swiss ambassador to clarify the case of an alleged Swiss spy suspected of monitoring German finance investigators who pursue cross-border tax cheats.

Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck dies on Everest: officials

Kathmandu - Swiss climber Ueli Steck, one of the most feted mountaineers of his generation and famed for his speed ascents of iconic Alpine routes, died on Mount Everest on Sunday, officials said."Today morning, he had an accident on the Nuptse wall and died.

Swiss oasis for legal cannabis, without the high

Lausanne - A grey-haired woman in her early 60s daintily lifts small trays topped with different varieties of marijuana to her nose, sniffing each of them carefully."Which one would you recommend for someone with medical issues?

France expels Swiss Islamist

Paris - France on Saturday expelled controversial Swiss Islamist preacher Hani Ramadan who posed "a serious threat to public order", the interior ministry said.

Swiss drugs giant Novartis likely bribed 'thousands' in Greece: minister

Atenas - Greece's justice minister on Friday said Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis had likely bribed "thousands" of doctors and civil servants to promote its products, amid an ongoing probe."A great number of state officials are implicated...

Dutchman, British wife arrested in tax fraud probe

Den Haag - Dutch and British tax authorities have arrested a Dutch man and his British wife, recovering millions of euros in an ongoing tax evasion probe apparently involving Swiss bank accounts, officials said Wednesday.

Credit Suisse apparent target of massive tax fraud probe

Geneva - Authorities in Europe and Australia announced a sweeping tax evasion probe Friday reportedly targeting Credit Suisse clients and senior employees, as investigators detailed arrests and the seizure of artworks and gold.

Disaster costs nearly double to $175bn in 2016: Swiss Re

Geneva - Devastating earthquakes, floods, hailstorms and wildfires, along with man-made devastation, helped push global disaster costs to $175 billion (161 billion euros) last year, reinsurer Swiss Re said on Thursday.

Turkey summons Swiss envoy over Kurdish rally

Istanbul - Turkey summoned the Swiss ambassador on Sunday to protest at a Kurdish rally in Bern which Ankara dubbed a "terrorist gathering", a diplomatic source said.

Swiss open probe into spying on Turks in Switzerland

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Friday they had opened an investigation into alleged spying on members of the Turkish community in Switzerland by an unspecified "intelligence service".
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A statue near a Geneva bridge
The Gotthard Base Tunnel goes deep under the Alps and is the longest railway tunnel in the world.
The Gotthard Base Tunnel goes deep under the Alps and is the longest railway tunnel in the world.
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The new fire hydrant tossing event held in Switzerland.
The new fire hydrant tossing event held in Switzerland.
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29  2013.
Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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Place Neuve, Geneva, Switzerland
Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29  2013.
Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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A frozen pond in Switzerland
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Street art found on buildings in Geneva
Street art found on buildings in Geneva
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Gstaad
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The Jet d Eau  is a large fountain in Geneva. Here I capture the non-stop fountain beside an unused ...
The Jet d'Eau is a large fountain in Geneva. Here I capture the non-stop fountain beside an unused ferris wheel
View over Chur  capital of Graubünden  Switzerland
View over Chur, capital of Graubünden, Switzerland
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UBS Zurich
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Yodeling medley performed by the choir, Vancouver, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Canada.
Horse meat was used by 2 Swiss restaurants for steak tartare
Horse meat was used by 2 Swiss restaurants for steak tartare
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Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
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A delivery rover developed by Starship Technologies.
A delivery rover developed by Starship Technologies.
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Trudging through heavy snow in Switzerland
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The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau  Switzerland.
The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau, Switzerland.
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The Simplon  a paddle steamer dating back to 1920  on Lake Geneva  Switzerland.
The Simplon, a paddle steamer dating back to 1920, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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