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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.

WWF orders probe into allegations of abuse by rangers

Geneva - Conservation group WWF has said it will commission an independent investigation into a media report alleging it backs anti-poaching units responsible for murder, torture and other serious rights abuses.

Stricter emissions limits jolt Europe's auto industry

Geneva - Electric vehicles will take centre stage at this year's Geneva Motor Show, as automakers scramble to bring their fleets in line with strict CO2 emissions standards set to kick in next year.

As the web turns 30, is it an 'out-of-control monster'?

Meyrin - Thirty years ago this month, a young British software engineer working at a lab near Geneva invented a system for scientists to share information that would ultimately change humanity.

Algeria's Bouteflika being treated at Swiss hospital: report

Geneva - Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika remains at a Swiss hospital as protests grow in his country against his bid for a fifth term, the Tribune de Geneve newspaper reported Wednesday.

One dead after Swiss avalanche, rescue search paused

Geneva - One person engulfed in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps has died, police said Wednesday, as rescue operations to find other possible victims were paused after an all-night search.

Skiers feared buried after avalanche at Swiss ski resort

Geneva - An avalanche left four skiers injured Tuesday at a resort in the Swiss Alps where rescue operations went on after dark with police fearing people could still be trapped under the snow.

Avalanche engulfs around a dozen people at Swiss ski station

Geneva - An avalanche at a ski station in the Swiss Alps engulfed up to a dozen people on Tuesday, a local official and media reports said, with hopes fading of finding survivors in a disaster that hit a resort busy with skiers on school holidays.

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who played Hitler, dies at 77

Geneva - Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who gave masterful performances as Adolf Hitler in "Downfall" and an angel seeking mortality in divided Berlin, died Saturday aged 77, his agent said.

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz dead at 77: agent

Berlin - Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who gave a masterful performance as Adolf Hitler in "Downfall", has died aged 77, his agent said Saturday.

Switzerland seizes cars owned by E. Guinea president's son

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Thursday they were dropping charges of financial wrongdoing against Teodorin Obiang Nguema, the son of Equatorial Guinea's authoritarian leader, but were confiscating luxury cars as part of the case.
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer from the "Belle Époque", sailing on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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The Jet d'Eau is a large fountain in Geneva. Here I capture the non-stop fountain beside an unused ferris wheel
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Michel Morganella, right, a soccer player for 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.
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View across the lake at Crans-Montana
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A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
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Place Neuve, Geneva, 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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Journalist Skijoring with a Bentley in Gstaad, Switzerland
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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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Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
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Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer dating back to 1920, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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View over Chur, capital of Graubünden, Switzerland
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A look down the tunnel.
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