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Greek anarchists smash Novartis office amid bribe scandal

Atenas - A Greek anarchist group attacked the Athens headquarters of Novartis on Sunday, Greek police said, amid bribery allegations against the Swiss pharmaceutical giant.

Two shot dead in downtown Zurich: police

Zurich - Two people were shot dead in central Zurich Friday, police said, as media reported numerous shots had been fired in what appeared to have been a private dispute.

Two shot dead in murder-suicide in downtown Zurich: police

Zurich - A man shot and killed his companion in front of shocked onlookers in the heart of Zurich Friday before turning the gun on himself, police said.

French court denies rape-accused Ramadan's release

Paris - A French court on Thursday dismissed a bid by Tariq Ramadan, the prominent Islamic scholar detained on rape charges, to be released on health grounds, legal sources said.

Outrage over Iran minister's presence at UN rights meet

Geneva - Critics voiced outrage Thursday that Iran's justice minister will travel to Geneva next week to address the UN's top human rights body despite facing Swiss and EU sanctions over rights violations.

Spain court orders arrest of Catalan separatist in exile

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of a former Catalan MP who is in self-imposed exile in Switzerland to avoid jail while she is investigated over her role in the region's secession drive.

Leading Catalan separatist latest to leave Spain

Geneva - A former Catalan lawmaker and major figure in the region's secession drive has fled to Switzerland ahead of a court hearing and may seek asylum there, the sixth separatist to leave Spain in months.

Leading Catalan separatist in Switzerland to evade justice

Geneva - A former Catalan lawmaker and major figure in the region's secession attempt has fled to Switzerland ahead of a court hearing in Madrid, comparing the situation in Catalonia to Turkey's post-coup crackdown.

Islamic scholar facing rape charges hospitalised in France

Paris - Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who was remanded in custody in France on rape charges earlier in the month, has been hospitalised due to multiple sclerosis, his support group said Saturday.

Chess federation says UBS to close accounts over Syria sanctions

Geneva - The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has said that Swiss bank UBS will close its accounts "immediately" over the organisation president's alleged financial dealings with the Syrian government and the Islamic State group.

Driver, daughter in French cash van kidnap 'heist' arrested

Lyon - French police have arrested a cash van driver and his daughter, who claimed she was held to ransom while a gang robbed millions from her father's vehicle in Switzerland, police sources said Tuesday.

'Millions' robbed in French cash van kidnap and heist

Lyon - Robbers posing as plumbers kidnapped the daughter of a cash van driver and demanded the vehicle's contents as ransom in a heist that could have netted them over 20 million euros, investigators said Friday.

EU migration chief denies links to Novartis bribery scandal

Atenas - EU migration chief Dimitris Avramopoulos on Friday vigorously denied any links to alleged corrupt practices by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, labelling claims of improper dealings against him by protected witnesses as a "fabrication.

Islamic scholar Ramadan loses rape bail hearing

Paris - Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan was denied bail in France Tuesday, judicial sources said, four days after he was remanded in custody on charges of rape that have sown divisions in the Muslim community.

Tiny Michigan town in water fight with Nestle

Esbon - Global food conglomerate Nestle is in a battle with critics in tiny Osceola Township, Michigan where residents complain the Swiss company's water extraction techniques are ruining the environment.

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan held in Paris over rape claims

Paris - Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan remained in custody in Paris on Thursday after spending a night behind bars over rape allegations that emerged in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Sweet deal: Nestle sells US candy to Ferrero for $2.8 bn

Geneva - Nestle said Tuesday it has agreed to sell its US candy business to Italy's Ferrero for CHF 2.7 billion ($2.8 billion/2.3 billion euros) in cash as the Swiss food giant shakes up its product portfolio.

Anti-Trump protest in Swiss capital ahead of Davos visit

Geneva - Several hundred anti-capitalist demonstrators marched in Switzerland's capital Bern on Saturday to protest against US President Donald Trump's planned visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Swiss brace for protests over Trump's Davos visit

Geneva - Swiss authorities on Thursday warned about unauthorised and potentially violent protests targeting this year's World Economic Forum in Davos and its star attraction, US President Donald Trump.

Swiss petition to keep Trump out of Davos

Geneva - A group of Swiss campaigners launched a petition Wednesday aimed at keeping US President Donald Trump away from the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos later this month.

Trains resume service in snowbound Swiss ski resort

Zermatt - Trains began running again in the Zermatt ski station on Wednesday after crews dug through mounds of snow blocking the tracks, offering relief to thousands of tourists stranded at the popular Swiss resort.

Trains to restart from Swiss ski resort after heavy snowfall

Zermatt - Trains from popular Swiss ski station Zermatt are due to reopen Wednesday, providing relief for some 13,000 tourists trapped there by heavy snowfall, a statement said.

Heavy snowfall strands 13,000 tourists in Swiss Alps

Zermatt - Heavy snowfall has cut off many villages and resorts across the Alps, trapping some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of Switzerland's most popular ski stations, officials said Tuesday.

Snow traps 13,000 tourists at Swiss Alpine resort Zermatt

Geneva - Heavy snowfall has trapped some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of Switzerland's most popular ski stations, the Alpine resort said Tuesday.

Swiss extend assets freeze of Tunisia, Ukraine ex-leaders

Geneva - Switzerland said Wednesday it was extending by a year a freeze on the assets of ousted presidents Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia and Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine.

Swiss government opposes push for national burqa ban

Geneva - The Swiss government on Wednesday opposed an initiative aimed at creating a nationwide burqa ban, saying it was up to the regions to determine if such a ban was appropriate.

Global disaster costs soar in 2017: Swiss Re

Zurich - Total economic losses from natural and man-made disasters have soared by 63 percent to strike an estimated $306 billion in 2017, reinsurance firm Swiss Re said Wednesday.

Swiss grant helps launch bid to identify migrants lost at sea

Den Haag - An organisation that helps relatives trace loved ones who have gone missing in conflicts and disasters is launching an ambitious project to identify the thousands of migrants lost while trying to reach Europe.

World's steepest funicular railway opens in Switzerland

Stoos - Swiss President Doris Leuthard inaugurated the Stoos funicular railway line on Friday evening, cutting the ribbon and taking a ride on the world's steepest funicular railway line to the Alpine village of Stoos.

Lafarge ex-CEO denies knowing of Syria payments until late

Paris - A former CEO of French-Swiss cement maker LafargeHolcim said he was made aware of payments to the Islamic State group in August 2014, contradicting an account by another top executive, a source close to the case said Saturday.
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