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Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

Geneva - The Swiss voted Sunday in favour of a massive overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.A full 58.

Swiss to vote on gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

Geneva - The Swiss will vote in a referendum Sunday on a planned overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.

Heiress to Nina Ricci fortune avoids jail for tax fraud

Paris - A French appeals court ruled Friday that the heiress to the estate of fashion designer Nina Ricci will not serve jail time over her conviction for tax fraud, reducing an earlier sentence.

German FM rebukes Switzerland over tax scandal

Frankfurt Am Main - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday upbraided Switzerland for allegedly monitoring German finance inspectors who hunt cross-border tax cheats.

Swiss guards, loyal soldiers of the pope, take the oath

Vatican City - Forty new Swiss Guards were sworn in at the Vatican on Saturday, the latest halberd-clutching soldiers of the pope to serve a tradition stretching back 500 years.

Stratospheric solar plane makes first test flight

Payerne - The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland Friday.

Swiss spy 'ran mole' in German tax office: report

Berlin - A Swiss spy allegedly monitoring German finance officials who hunt cross-border tax cheats also ran a mole in a state finance ministry office, media reports said Thursday.

Legendary Swiss climber cremated near Everest

The body of legendary Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who died on Mount Everest, was cremated on Thursday at a Buddhist monastery that lies in the shadow of the world's highest peak.

Legendary Swiss climber cremated near Everest

The body of legendary Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who died on Mount Everest, was cremated on Thursday at a Buddhist monastery that lies in the shadow of the world's highest peak.

Legendary Swiss climber cremated near Everest

The body of legendary Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who died on Mount Everest, was cremated on Thursday at a Buddhist monastery that lies in the shadow of the world's highest peak.

Germany asks Swiss envoy to clarify 'spy case'

Berlin - Berlin on Tuesday asked the Swiss ambassador to clarify the case of an alleged Swiss spy suspected of monitoring German finance investigators who pursue cross-border tax cheats.

Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck dies on Everest: officials

Kathmandu - Swiss climber Ueli Steck, one of the most feted mountaineers of his generation and famed for his speed ascents of iconic Alpine routes, died on Mount Everest on Sunday, officials said."Today morning, he had an accident on the Nuptse wall and died.

Swiss oasis for legal cannabis, without the high

Lausanne - A grey-haired woman in her early 60s daintily lifts small trays topped with different varieties of marijuana to her nose, sniffing each of them carefully."Which one would you recommend for someone with medical issues?

France expels Swiss Islamist

Paris - France on Saturday expelled controversial Swiss Islamist preacher Hani Ramadan who posed "a serious threat to public order", the interior ministry said.

Swiss drugs giant Novartis likely bribed 'thousands' in Greece: minister

Atenas - Greece's justice minister on Friday said Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis had likely bribed "thousands" of doctors and civil servants to promote its products, amid an ongoing probe."A great number of state officials are implicated...

Dutchman, British wife arrested in tax fraud probe

Den Haag - Dutch and British tax authorities have arrested a Dutch man and his British wife, recovering millions of euros in an ongoing tax evasion probe apparently involving Swiss bank accounts, officials said Wednesday.

Credit Suisse apparent target of massive tax fraud probe

Geneva - Authorities in Europe and Australia announced a sweeping tax evasion probe Friday reportedly targeting Credit Suisse clients and senior employees, as investigators detailed arrests and the seizure of artworks and gold.

Disaster costs nearly double to $175bn in 2016: Swiss Re

Geneva - Devastating earthquakes, floods, hailstorms and wildfires, along with man-made devastation, helped push global disaster costs to $175 billion (161 billion euros) last year, reinsurer Swiss Re said on Thursday.

Turkey summons Swiss envoy over Kurdish rally

Istanbul - Turkey summoned the Swiss ambassador on Sunday to protest at a Kurdish rally in Bern which Ankara dubbed a "terrorist gathering", a diplomatic source said.

Swiss open probe into spying on Turks in Switzerland

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Friday they had opened an investigation into alleged spying on members of the Turkish community in Switzerland by an unspecified "intelligence service".

Turkish minister visits Switzerland as Europe row simmers

Geneva - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with his Swiss counterpart Thursday after having to call off a campaign appearance amongst diaspora voters, in a bitter row between Ankara and Europe.

Seven hurt as Milan-Basel train derails

Geneva - Seven people were injured Wednesday when a train travelling from the Italian city of Milan to Basel in Switzerland derailed, police and railway officials said.

Vital that Lula stand for Brazil president in 2018: Rousseff

Geneva - Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff said Saturday that Brazil's crippled democracy needs her predecessor and mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, to stand in next year's election.

Swiss man suspected of abusing 80 boys in Thailand

Geneva - A Swiss man will go on trial this month on allegations he sexually abused more than 80 boys -- some as young as nine -- in Thailand, Swiss authorities said Friday.

Shooting in Swiss cafe kills two Albanians

Geneva - Swiss police said Friday that a shooting by two gunmen at a cafe in the city of Basel was a targeted killing with no "terrorist" motive.

Two killed in shooting at Basel cafe, one badly injured: Swiss police

Geneva - Two men shot dead two people and seriously injured a third on Thursday at a cafe in Basel, north-west Switzerland, police said as they hunt for the suspects. "Two men came into Cafe 56" around 8.

Switzerland rejects Zurich's request to cancel Turkish visit

Geneva - Switzerland on Thursday rejected a request from Zurich authorities to cancel over security concerns a weekend visit by Turkey's foreign minister, after several German regions blocked rallies to back a Turkish referendum.

Zurich wants Turkish foreign minister visit cancelled

Geneva - Zurich on Wednesday asked the Swiss government to cancel a planned visit by the Turkish foreign minister to the canton over security concerns, after several local authorities in Germany blocked rallies by Turkish ministers.

Swiss back new citizenship rules in defeat for rightwing

Geneva - Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, crushing rightwing nationalists who had stoked fears about granting nationality to more Muslims.

Anti-Muslim poster clouds Swiss citizenship vote

Geneva - The woman's shadowed eyes stare out from a black niqab with the poster's tagline urging Swiss voters to reject "uncontrolled naturalisation.
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