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Abused in childhood, Swiss victims seek compensation

Bern - Beaten, forced to work, even sterilised -- victims of a brutal policy that saw thousands of Swiss children taken from their families and mistreated completed Friday the process to have their demand for compensation put to a popular vote.

'Bomb threat' causes delays at Zurich airport

Geneva - A bomb threat caused flight delays and the partial shut-down of Switzerland's main airport in Zurich before security forces gave the all-clear, reports and officials said.

Radicals rampage through normally tranquil Zurich centre

Geneva - Police fired tear gas and a water cannon in central Zurich late Friday to disperse some 200 masked demonstrators who attacked officers and torched cars, trees and garbage bins during an anti-capitalism protest.

Swiss ex-banker faints as trial over WikiLeaks leak opens

Geneva - A former Swiss banker fainted Wednesday at the opening of his trial for breaking Swiss bank secrecy laws for allegedly giving confidential data to WikiLeaks and German authorities, media reported.

Swiss escapes Philippine militant kidnappers

Manila - A Swiss man kidnapped by Islamic militants in the Philippines nearly three years ago escaped on Saturday after a fierce struggle with one of his captors over a machete and a frantic run to freedom under gunfire, the military said.

Man forgets scroll worth $1.25 million on train

We've all had the experience of forgetting something, be it a hat or a wallet, but one art collector has one-upped all those experiences by forgetting an art piece worth $1.25 million.

Swiss widely reject eco-linked immigration-cap: initial results

Geneva - The Swiss on Sunday flatly rejected a call for dramatic immigration cuts in the name of saving the environment, along with bids to scrap tax breaks for rich foreigners and hike the country's gold reserves.

Swiss museum accepts Gurlitt art hoard, to return Nazi loot

Berlin - A Swiss museum on Monday accepted a German recluse's bequest of a spectacular trove of more than 1,000 artworks hoarded during the Nazi era, but pledged to restitute any looted pieces.

Black weekend as storms lash Italy, Switzerland, France

Geneva - At least four people were killed as landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into buildings on either side of the Swiss-Italian border on Sunday, a day after floods in southern France killed five people.

Mudslides kill four along Swiss-Italian border

Geneva - At least four people were killed as landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into houses and buildings on either side of the Swiss Italian border Sunday, police and media said.

Five killed, one injured, as shooting dramas rock Switzerland

Wilderswil - Five people were shot dead and a man was seriously injured Monday as two unrelated shooting dramas rocked normally placid Switzerland.

Swiss detain three Iraqis planning IS attacks in Europe

Berne - Three Iraqis suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Europe under the auspices of Islamic State (IS) have been held in custody in Switzerland since the end of March this year.

Swiss voters reject shift to state-run health insurance

Geneva - Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan to ditch the country's all-private health insurance system and create a state-run scheme, exit polls showed.

Swiss doctor creates Google Glass app for paramedics (Video)

Sierre - An app has been developed at the University of Applied Sciences (HES-SO) in Sierre, Switzerland, which is aimed at saving precious minutes by enabling specialist doctors at hospitals to interact live with paramedics working on patients at the scene.

Schumacher moved home from hospital for further care, family says

Geneva - Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has left a Swiss hospital and will continue his treatment at home after a devastating ski accident in December, his family said Tuesday.

Swiss will grant asylum if Snowden testifies on U.S. espionage

Berne - Swiss media reports indicate Switzerland would grant asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden if he agrees to testify about foreign espionage activities within Switzerland.

Swiss train carriage plunges into ravine after landslide

Chur - A landslide derailed a passenger train in the Swiss mountains on Wednesday sending one carriage plunging into a ravine, but it appeared that miraculously there had been no deaths.

Swiss woman dies after falling into manhole in her back garden

Locarno - According to reports a 77-year-old woman was "tinkering" with a manhole in her back garden. Somehow she fell in and when authorities found her body protruding from the section it was too late to save her.

Suspect in Schumacher medical records theft hangs himself

Geneva - A man arrested this week suspected of involvement in the theft and leaking of a medical file on injured ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was found hanged in his cell Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Syrian stillborn child sparks Swiss border control investigation

An investigation has been launched in Switzerland into the case of a 22-year-old Syrian migrant who gave birth to a stillborn baby after being ignored by Swiss border authorities when she told them she was heavily bleeding and needed medical attention.

Crown Prince wraps up Swiss tour

Tokyo - Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has returned home to Tokyo after completing an official visit to Switzerland. The two countries are celebrating 150 years of peaceful diplomatic relations.

Hitzfeld's second half changes steer Switzerland past Ecuador

With both sides possessing exciting wide players, this match was always going to be played down the flanks. The midfield is filled with industrious players, whereas the creativity and pace lie within the wingers and fullbacks.

Op-Ed: World Cup 2014 - Teams capable of overachieving in Brazil

Over the past week, I’ve provided in-depth previews of the legitimate favourites heading into the World Cup, but the great thing about this sport is the element of surprise.

Highly radioactive substance found in Swiss dump: report

Evilard - A highly radioactive substance, emitting in some places radiation 100 times the permitted amount, has been discovered in Switzerland, local media reported Sunday, adding that authorities had covered it up for 18 months.

Scientists find compound to fight virus behind SARS and MERS

Geneva - An international team of scientists say they have identified a compound that can fight coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which currently have no cure. Coronaviruses affected the upper and lower respiratory tracts in humans.

Meet Whisper, the world's first BASE jumping dog (Video)

Whisper's owner is BASE jumper, rock climber and adrenaline junkie, Dean Potter. Potter takes Whisper with him literally everywhere, it seems, even when jumping off the Eiger mountain in Switzerland.

Swiss turn down world's highest minimum wage: pollster

Geneva - The Swiss have voted down the world's highest minimum wage, which would have offered workers in one of the world's most expensive nations at least $25 an hour, a polling agency said.

Huge yellow diamond sells for $16 million in Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva - A ring containing a rare 100-carat yellow diamond known as "Graff Vivid Yellow," was sold at auction in Geneva on Tuesday, fetching a staggering 14.5 million francs (or $16.3 million). Only one person was bidding on the piece.

German art hoarder left two 'complementary' wills

Berlin - The late German recluse who hoarded a priceless art trove, some of it suspected Nazi loot, left two wills, a court said Tuesday, adding however that they "complement each other".

EU edges closer to free movement solution with Switzerland

Brussels - The European Union edged closer Tuesday to resolving a dispute over Swiss immigration restrictions after Britain was given extra time to review EU proposals, an EU diplomatic source said.
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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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Hans Rudolf Merz, Switzerland's Finance Minister, during his giggle fit during a parliamentary speech
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Neuhausen am Rheinfall train station
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The Large Hadron Collider building at CERN Switzerland - set for the low-budget horror movie, "Decay".
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View across the lake at Crans-Montana
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Huge choir of 285 members, conducted by Dubravko Pajalic, 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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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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Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
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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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Trudging through heavy snow in Switzerland
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Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
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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 winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau, Switzerland.
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Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
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Yodeling medley performed by the choir, Vancouver, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Canada.