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Switzerland approves $1.3 bn in EU aid

Bern - Switzerland said Thursday it will provide more than a billion dollars in development aid to the European Union, as Bern seeks to stabilise its messy ties with Brussels. The 1.3 billion Swiss francs ($1.32 billion, 1.

Largest diamond ever auctioned sold for record $34 mn in Geneva

Geneva - The largest diamond ever offered at auction went under the hammer in Geneva Tuesday evening for nearly $34 million, a world record for a gem of its kind, the Christie's auction house said.The 163.

BMW loses appeal of $158 mln fine by Swiss competition watchdog

Geneva - BMW will have to pay a $158 million fine that Swiss competition authorities imposed on the German automaker five years ago after Switzerland's top court said Friday that it had rejected its appeal.

German court gives Swiss tax spy suspended sentence, fine

Frankfurt Am Main - A Swiss man who admitted to spying on German tax officials was given a suspended sentence and fined by a German court, in a case that has tested ties between Berlin and Bern.

German court gives Swiss tax spy suspended sentence, fine

Frankfurt Am Main - A Swiss man who admitted to spying on German tax officials was given a suspended sentence and fined by a German court, in a case that has tested ties between Berlin and Bern.

Swiss prosecutors rule out charges in new Polanski rape claim

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors on Wednesday ruled out bringing charges over the latest rape allegations against filmmaker Roman Polanski because the statute of limitations for the alleged 1972 assault had expired.

Whisky sold for $10,000 a shot at Swiss bar was fake: report

Geneva - Talk about needing a refund. A shot of Macallan whisky purportedly made in 1878 that a Chinese man paid $10,000 for at a Swiss hotel was actually distilled between 1970 and 1972, local media reported Friday.

Dual exhibitions lift veil on Nazi-era art hoard

Bern - Hundreds of artworks from a spectacular collection hoarded by the son of a Nazi-era dealer will be shown for the first time since World War II in parallel exhibitions in Switzerland and Germany starting Thursday.

UBS pockets 14% profit rise

Zurich - UBS said Friday its net profit climbed 14 percent in the third quarter to 946 million Swiss francs (814 million euros, $946 million) and Swiss banking giant expressed confidence about improving market conditions.

For country and money: Swiss man admits spying on Germans

Frankfurt Am Main - A Swiss man accused of spying on German tax officials admitted to the espionage operation on Thursday, and told a court he acted out of "patriotism" as well as for profit.

For country and money: Swiss man admits spying on Germans

Frankfurt Am Main - A Swiss man accused of spying on German tax officials admitted to the espionage operation on Thursday, and told a court he acted out of "patriotism" as well as for profit.

Swiss tourists suffer brutal attack in India

New Delhi - A Swiss tourist has been left with a fractured skull after he and his girlfriend were attacked near the Taj Mahal during a holiday in India, police and media reports said Thursday.

Swiss 'tax spy' ready to confess in German trial: lawyer

Frankfurt Am Main - A Swiss man accused of spying on German officials who were hunting tax cheats signalled at the opening of his trial in Frankfurt Wednesday that he was ready to confess.

Swiss 'tax spy' goes on trial in Germany

Berlin - A Swiss man accused of spying on German officials who were hunting tax cheats goes on trial in Frankfurt on Wednesday, in a convoluted case that has strained ties between Bern and Berlin.Daniel M.

Louis XIV, Napoleon diamond to be auctioned off in Geneva

Geneva - A large, pink diamond once set in the crowns of numerous French kings and emperors will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, the Christie's auction house said Wednesday."Le Grand Mazarin", a 19.

TV deal for 2026, 2030 World Cups 'advantageous' for FIFA - BeIN

Doha - The TV broadcasting rights deal agreed for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups, which is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors, was "advantageous for FIFA", a beIN spokesman claimed Saturday.

Swiss open corruption probe against PSG's Al-Khelaifi, ex-FIFA executive Valcke

Geneva - Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and FIFA's former secretary general Jerome Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights.

All 4 siblings of Marseille killer arrested, two freed

Tunis - All four siblings of Ahmed Hanachi, who stabbed two young women to death in the French city of Marseille, have been arrested in recent days, authorities in three countries said.

Swiss police arrest brother of Marseille attacker

Geneva - Swiss police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Tunisian couple including the brother of the assailant who fatally stabbed two young women in the French city of Marseille this month.

Swiss prosecutors will examine new Polanski rape accusation

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Monday that they will examine allegations made by a German woman that filmmaker Roman Polanski raped her in 1972 in the town of Gstaad, when she was 15.

Swiss aid worker abducted in Darfur

Khartoum - A Swiss humanitarian aid worker has been abducted in Darfur, officials said on Sunday, just weeks after the United Nations began downsizing its peacekeeping force in Sudan's war-torn region.

Venezuela frees three journalists held while investigating prison

Caracas - An Italian, a Swiss and a Venezuelan journalist, arrested Friday while attempting to report from a notorious prison in northern Venezuela, were released on Sunday, human rights and press freedom groups said.

Toddler rescued after 12 hours in Swiss Alps crevice

Geneva - After a 12-hour ordeal, rescue workers pulled a two-year-old girl unharmed out of a deep crevice she tumbled into during a family hike in the Swiss Alps, police said Friday.

Swiss police probing new Polanski rape accusation

Geneva - Swiss police confirmed Tuesday they were investigating new rape allegations against Roman Polanski made by a woman who said the filmmaker assaulted her in the town of Gstaad in 1972.St.

Swiss vote against plan to save pensions

Geneva - Swiss voters rejected on Sunday a divisive pension reform plan that the government proposed to address the needs of an ageing population.The final results showed 52.

Swiss vote on plan to save pensions

Geneva - Switzerland votes Sunday on a divisive pension reform plan the government says is vital to safeguard benefits but which critics deride as too modest to rescue a retirement system in financial peril.

New Swiss foreign minister faces thorny EU ties

Geneva - Switzerland on Friday named Ignazio Cassis as its new foreign minister, putting him in charge of an office tasked with stabilising the country's complex relationship with the European Union.

School children among over 30 injured in Swiss Alps train accident

Geneva - Thirty-three people, most of them school children, were injured Monday when a train engine collided with carriages full of passengers at a station in the Swiss Alps, police and media reports said.

Swiss glacier collapses, after hundreds evacuated

Geneva - Part of the Swiss alpine glacier Trift in the country's south collapsed Sunday, but caused no damage or casualties and residents evacuated from the area can return home, police in Valais canton said.

Trump announces ambassador picks to Germany, India

Washington - US President Donald Trump has announced a series of ambassador nominations to key capitals, including Berlin and New Delhi, more than seven months after taking office.
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Chaplin Museum in Le Manoir de Ban, a mansion in Corsier-sur-Vevey in the canton of Vaud
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Neuhausen am Rheinfall train station
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Hans Rudolf Merz, Switzerland's Finance Minister, during his giggle fit during a parliamentary speech
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Stage of Yodeling and Singing Festival, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver.
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A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice
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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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Journalist Skijoring with a Bentley in Gstaad, Switzerland
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Lugano in Switzerland.
Lugano in Switzerland.
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View over Chur, capital of Graubünden, 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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Yodeling medley performed by the choir  Vancouver  Chan Centre for the Performing Arts  Canada.
Yodeling medley performed by the choir, Vancouver, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Canada.
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A look down the tunnel.
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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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Trudging through heavy snow in Switzerland
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Michel Morganella, right, a soccer player for Switzerland
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Yodelclub Niederurner from Switzerland on the stage of Yodeling and Singing Festival, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver.

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