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Swiss text sleuths unpick mystery of QAnon origins

Geneva - The mysterious "Q" behind the QAnon conspiracy movement, which was instrumental in the storming of the US Capitol, is in fact two people, according to Swiss experts.

Diamond magnate accused of telling tales at graft trial

Geneva - Diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz was accused of telling "tall tales" on Tuesday at his trial in Geneva, where he is accused of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Israeli magnate starts corruption trial in Switzerland

Geneva - The trial of French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz over corruption allegations linked to mining deals in Guinea opened in Geneva on Monday with judges rejecting his lawyer's demands for procedural changes.

Israeli magnate faces corruption charges in Geneva over Guinea deals

Geneva - After a drawn-out international investigation, French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz goes on trial in Geneva Monday over allegations of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Israeli magnate set for corruption trial in Geneva

Geneva - After a drawn-out international investigation, French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz will go on trial in Geneva next week over allegations of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Swiss get 24/7 fighter jet protection

Geneva - Switzerland will get round-the-clock airspace protection starting this week, the military said Tuesday, nearly seven years after the country was unable to scramble fighter jets to respond to an hijacking outside of business hours.

Swiss swift start on Covid-19 vaccinations

Geneva - Switzerland started its Covid-19 vaccine rollout on Wednesday, with a care home resident in her 90s receiving the first shot just four days after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was authorised.

US accuses Switzerland, Vietnam of manipulating currency

Washington - The US Treasury on Wednesday accused Switzerland and Vietnam of manipulating their currencies, partly to gain a trade advantage over American exports.

Art of watchmaking gets UNESCO heritage status

Zurich - The craftmanship of Swiss and French mechanical watchmaking on Wednesday won UNESCO intangible heritage status, casting the spotlight on an art practised for centuries in the Jura mountain region straddling the two countries.

Swiss deny China deal posed threat to dissidents

Geneva - The Swiss strongly rejected accusations this week that a deal allowing Chinese officials to enter Switzerland and interrogate Chinese nationals, which only recently came to light, put dissidents at risk.

Historic Liberia war crimes trial to open in Switzerland

Geneva - A former warlord will become the first Liberian to face a war crimes trial over alleged atrocities during the country's 1990s civil war when he goes on trial in Switzerland on Thursday.

Swiss to keep skiing through pandemic, even as EU eyes ban

Geneva - As EU countries debate a bloc-wide ban on ski holidays to curb coronavirus infections, downhill enthusiasts may be tempted to head to non-member Switzerland, where the winter season is well underway.

Swiss cheesed off over Covid threat to fondue conviviality

Geneva - As Switzerland contends with one of the worst coronavirus surges in Europe, the Swiss are gripped by one melting-hot question: is it still safe to share a fondue?

'Exhausted' Swiss doctors reel as second virus wave hits

La Chaux-de-fonds - No more room. Patients with severe Covid-19 infections fill all the 10 enclosed beds in the intensive care unit at this small Swiss hospital, but more keep coming."This morning, I was asked to take one more patient...

Swiss protests for health worker rights, against virus restrictions

Bern - Police stepped in Saturday to shield health workers gathered in Bern to demand better working conditions, after protesters against fresh virus restrictions tried to disrupt their demonstration.

Record-low snow accumulation on biggest Alpine glacier: study

Geneva - Swiss glaciers have continued to shrink at an alarming rate this year, while snow accumulation on the largest glacier in the Alps reached a record low, a study showed Friday.

Free movement at risk in heart of Europe as Swiss vote

Geneva - The Swiss were voting Sunday on limiting immigration from the European Union, which, while not expected to pass, has sparked fears a shock "yes" could devastate relations with the bloc.

Swiss vote threatens free movement in heart of Europe

Geneva - A Swiss vote Sunday on limiting EU immigration is not expected to pass, but fears abound that a shock "yes" could deal a fatal blow to relations with the bloc.

Luxury Geneva hotels face 'life-threatening' corona crunch

Geneva - Behind its deep-red awnings, Richemont's blinds have been closed since July, after the coronavirus pandemic left the usually bustling five-star Geneva hotel starved for high-paying customers.

Swiss photographer not responsible for Hong Kong protest assault: lawyers

Fpo - A Swiss photographer who closed a door on a Chinese mainlander moments before he was assaulted during last year's Hong Kong democracy protests should not be held responsible for the attack, his lawyers argued Wednesday.

Swiss photographer on trial in Hong Kong over protest clash

Fpo - A Swiss photographer went on trial in Hong Kong on Wednesday charged with public disorder, with prosecutors accusing him of enabling an assault on a Chinese mainlander during last year's democracy protests.

Michel Platini grilled by Swiss prosecutor in payment probe

Bern - Michel Platini was quizzed by a Swiss prosecutor on Monday in a probe investigating a two-million-Swiss-franc ($2.2-million) payment that the former European football chief received from FIFA in 2011.

Swiss Alps alive with sound of music at drive-in festival

Honking horns and flashing headlights made for an original form of applause Sunday at a Swiss classical music festival staged before a drive-in audience in the heart of the Alps.

Tiger kills Zurich zookeeper

Geneva - A Siberian tiger attacked and killed a Zurich zookeeper on Saturday, the management said in a statement.An emergency team was alerted in the early afternoon and quickly managed to draw the tiger away from the cage where the attack took place, it added....

Switzerland grapples with its own 'George Floyd' case

Geneva - George Floyd's shocking death in police custody in the US has sparked belated soul-searching in Switzerland over the death of a Nigerian man two years ago in Lausanne in seemingly similar circumstances.

Thousands in Switzerland march against racism

Geneva - Thousands of demonstrators marched in cities and towns across Switzerland on Saturday to denounce racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the United States.

'Reborn' Swiss to drop most virus restrictions on June 6

Geneva - Switzerland announced Wednesday it would remove most of its remaining coronavirus restrictions on June 6, when all leisure and entertainment activities can resume if appropriate precautions are in place.

Crisis lays bare poverty in Geneva, as thousands queue for food

Geneva - In one of the world's most expensive cities, thousands of people lined up Saturday for free food, as the COVID-19 crisis casts a spotlight on Geneva's usually invisible poor.

Britain's Prince Andrew facing lawsuit over Swiss chalet

Verbier - Legal proceedings have been launched in Switzerland against Britain's Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, a newspaper reported Thursday, over money they still owe on a luxury chalet.

Explorer learns to love lockdown in Swiss chalet

Chateau-d'oex - After venturing through the Amazon, the Himalayas and reaching both Poles, explorer Mike Horn is now, thanks to the coronavirus crisis, discovering new, uncharted territory: home.
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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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A delivery rover developed by Starship Technologies.
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Journalist Skijoring with a Bentley in Gstaad, Switzerland
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Horse meat was used by 2 Swiss restaurants for steak tartare
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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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A look down the tunnel.
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A frozen pond in Switzerland
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer from the "Belle Époque", sailing on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
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The Gotthard Base Tunnel is opening on June 1  2016.
The Gotthard Base Tunnel is opening on June 1, 2016.
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A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice
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Hans Rudolf Merz, Switzerland's Finance Minister, during his giggle fit during a parliamentary speech
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The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau, Switzerland.
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Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
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