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French first lady forwarded Polanski rape accuser's letters to officials

Paris - French first lady Brigitte Macron forwarded two letters written to her by a former model who has accused Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski of raping her as a teenager to two members of the government, her office said Saturday.

Swiss vote in possible 'green wave' election

Geneva - Switzerland was voting Sunday in national elections that could see unprecedented gains for parties demanding bold climate action and a possible slip for the anti-immigrant right-wing.

Polls point to 'green wave' in Swiss vote

Geneva - Voter concern about climate change could trigger a "green wave" in Switzerland's elections on Sunday, possibly yielding unprecedented gains for parties that back bold action to protect the planet.

Swiss glaciers shrink 10 percent in five years: study

Geneva - Switzerland's glaciers have lost a tenth of their volume in the past five years alone -- a melting rate unmatched during observations stretching back more than a century, a study showed Tuesday.

Group behind Facebook's Libra coin announces 21 founding members

Geneva - The Libra Association, created by Facebook to launch its new cryptocurrency, has announced its 21 founding members after defections by previous supporters including Visa and Mastercard.

Poles with Swiss franc mortgages await key EU ruling

Warsaw - Like hundreds of thousands of other Poles, 42-year-old Piotr Zientala anxiously awaits a crucial EU court ruling Thursday on the legality of Swiss franc mortgages which could determine his financial future.

Swiss to auction 25 super cars seized from E. Guinea leader's son

Cheserex - A collection of luxury cars seized from Equatorial Guinea's vice president Teodorin Obiang Nguema will be auctioned off in Switzerland on Sunday and are estimated to bring in 18.5 million Swiss francs ($18.7 million).

Swiss hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier

Mels - Dozens of people dressed in black went on a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

Swiss to hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier

Mels - Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

Journalists investigating Russia targeted by cyberattacks: ProtonMail

Geneva - Reporters investigating Russian military intelligence have been targeted by highly sophisticated cyberattacks through their encrypted email accounts, with evidence suggesting Moscow was responsible, the email service provider ProtonMail and journalists...

Locked up for being different: Switzerland's 'dark chapter'

Geneva - A pregnant teenage runaway, a former foster care child, an adolescent boy raped by priests: for decades, these were the kinds of people Switzerland locked up as "undesirables".

Review: Switzerland wins nine medals at the 2019 European Games in Minsk

Minsk - As of June 29, Switzerland has won nine medals at the 2019 European Games, which are taking place in Minsk, Belarus, until tomorrow, June 30.

Swiss police fire water cannon, tear gas at Cameroon protesters

Geneva - Swiss police fired water cannon, tear gas and stun grenades at Cameroonian protesters outside UN headquarters in Geneva Saturday as the crowd surged towards a luxury hotel hosting Cameroon's president.

Geneva braces for large demo against Cameroon president

Geneva - Large numbers of police, many in riot gear, were posted outside a luxury Geneva hotel Saturday where Cameroon's president is staying, as protestors against his leadership began gathering nearby.

Tourist drowns in Lake Geneva during storm: police

Geneva - A woman has drowned in Lake Geneva when her sightseeing boat sank as a violent storm battered parts of Switzerland on Saturday, police said.

Swiss women to march for equal pay

Geneva - Women across Switzerland are set to walk off the job and into the streets Friday to demand wage parity, nearly three decades after staging the country's first nationwide strike for equal pay.

Swiss women strike for equal pay again, three decades on

Geneva - Nearly 30 years after staging a first nationwide strike for equal pay, women across Switzerland say they are preparing fresh action to push for wage parity next week.

US says prepared to talk to Iran 'with no preconditions'

Bellinzona - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday his country was ready to talk with Tehran "with no preconditions", but there was no indication if lifting sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme was on the table.

Pompeo attends secretive global meet in Switzerland

Bern - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will take part Saturday in a secretive meeting in Switzerland of global power brokers discreetly discussing issues like Brexit and the future of capitalism.

High stakes for enclave as Europe's biggest casino goes bust

Campione D'italia - Campione d'Italia, a tiny Italian enclave on the shores of Switzerland's Lake Lugano, is fighting for its survival after its main source of income -- a giant casino -- went bankrupt.

Swiss vote to tighten gun laws, safeguard EU relations

Geneva - The Swiss voted Sunday to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the change could have threatened relations with the bloc.

Swiss vote to tighten gun laws, safeguard EU relations: early results

Geneva - The Swiss voted Sunday to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the move could have threatened relations with the bloc, early results showed.

Swiss to vote on tightening gun laws, with EU relations in the balance

Geneva - The Swiss will vote Sunday on whether to bring the country's gun laws in line with EU legislation, with the government warning a 'no' could threaten relations with the bloc.

Swiss escalate probe into attorney general's FIFA contacts

Geneva - A Swiss oversight body said Friday that it had opened a "disciplinary investigation" targeting the attorney general over his meetings with FIFA's president, while Bern is probing corruption in world football.

Switzerland agrees to represent US interests in Venezuela

Geneva - Switzerland said Friday it had agreed to represent US interests in crisis-hit Venezuela, after Washington withdrew all its diplomatic personnel last month, though it said Caracas still needed to approve the arrangement.

Switzerland indicts Liberian over war crimes

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday announced an unprecedented war crimes indictment against a Liberian man accused of murder and rape during the first of the country's back-to-back civil wars.

Web inventor urges users to seek 'complete control' of data

Geneva - World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee on Monday slammed the increasing commodification of personal information and appealed for internet users to strive to maintain "complete control" of their data.

Algeria sends plane to Geneva where Bouteflika being treated

Geneva - An Algerian government plane that transported the country's ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to Switzerland for treatment two weeks ago returned to Geneva Sunday.

Swiss court receives petition to protect Bouteflika from entourage

Geneva - A lawyer acting on behalf of an unnamed Algerian citizen has filed a petition with a Swiss court requesting that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in Switzerland for medical treatment, be placed under a trusteeship for his own protection.

Algeria opposition figure arrested at Bouteflika's hospital

Geneva - Algerian businessman Rachid Nekkaz was arrested at a hospital in Geneva on Friday after demanding access to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who is being treated at the facility.
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The boring drill is the length of four football fields.
The boring drill is the length of four football fields.
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Gstaad
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The Large Hadron Collider building at CERN Switzerland - set for the low-budget horror movie   Decay...
The Large Hadron Collider building at CERN Switzerland - set for the low-budget horror movie, "Decay".
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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.
A look down the tunnel.
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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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The Simplon  a paddle steamer from the  Belle Époque   sailing on Lake Geneva  Switzerland.
The Simplon, a paddle steamer from the "Belle Époque", sailing on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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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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A delivery rover developed by Starship Technologies.
A delivery rover developed by Starship Technologies.
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Davos  Switzerland  where the World Economic Forum holds its Annual Meetings. Taken January 2005.
Davos, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum holds its Annual Meetings. Taken January 2005.
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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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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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Place Neuve  Geneva  Switzerland
Place Neuve, Geneva, Switzerland
View over Chur  capital of Graubünden  Switzerland
View over Chur, capital of Graubünden, Switzerland
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Charlie Chaplin
Chaplin Museum
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UBS Zurich
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View of the excavation site in the cemetery of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna to the west of Luxor
View of the excavation site in the cemetery of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna to the west of Luxor
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