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Photo essay: Geneva is more than just Red Cross and heavy heat Special

Geneva - If you thought Geneva was only expensive watches and the Alps and Red Cross headquarters, think again. I visited this Swiss gem to get a glimpse into what makes this city so attractive.

Record-breaking Solar Impulse 2 grounded for 'several months'

Ginebra - The sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 will be grounded for months in Hawaii to carry out battery repairs, after completing nearly half of an unprecedented round-the-world flight, the project said Wednesday.

Solar Impulse grounded in Hawaii for repairs

Washington - The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has been grounded in Hawaii, its crew said Saturday, after a grueling five-day, fuel-less flight across the Pacific Ocean overheated its batteries.

Drone postal deliveries begin in Switzerland

En La Gottaz - Wondering where your package is? Look up!Switzerland's postal service said Tuesday it had begun testing parcel deliveries by unmanned drones, although widespread use of the flying postmen is not likely to kick in for another five years.

Solar Impulse sets record but faces 'difficult' hours

Los Angeles - A solar-powered plane on the riskiest leg of a round-the-globe bid is closing in on Hawaii after a record-breaking flight which has tested its exhausted pilot to the limit in "difficult" conditions.

US seeks extradition of FIFA 7 in Switzerland

Ginebra - The United States has demanded the extradition of seven FIFA officials detained in May setting off what could become a prolonged legal battle over the handling of the major corruption case.

Solar Impulse reaches quarter way point in Japan-U.S. flight

Toukyo - A solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight was high above the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, over a quarter of the way to Hawaii after leaving Japan, the mission website showed.

Solar Impulse past 'point of no return' from Japan to Hawaii

Toukyo - A revolutionary solar-powered aircraft was past "the point of no return" and flying over the Pacific Ocean bound for Hawaii Monday, on the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe.

Swiss extradite war crimes suspect to Bosnia

Ginebra - A former Bosnian Muslim commander has been extradited to Bosnia for suspected war crimes, the Swiss justice ministry said Friday, amid outrage in Serbia which wants him on similar charges.

Switzerland to extradite Bosnian Muslim war crimes suspect

Ginebra - Switzerland on Thursday authorised the extradition of former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric to Bosnia rather than Serbia, which had issued the war crimes warrant for his arrest.

Solar Impulse could be stuck in Japan for a year: Pilot

Ginebra - A solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world must cross the Pacific within a few weeks or it could remain stuck in Japan for a year, its pilot said in an interview published Thursday.

Solar Impulse 2 Japan take-off postponed

Nagoya - A solar-powered plane on a mission to fly around the world was back in its mobile hangar Wednesday, after take-off from Japan was postponed at the 11th hour because of bad weather over the Pacific Ocean.

Solar Impulse set to take off early Wednesday: team

Toukyo - A solar plane that has been trapped in Japan for three weeks is set to take off for Hawaii early Wednesday, on the most challenging leg of an attempt to circumnavigate the world without using fuel.

Serbia seeks extradition of former Bosnian Muslim commander

Belgrade - Belgrade has asked Switzerland to extradite former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric, who was arrested in Geneva on a war crimes warrant from Serbia, Serbia's official news agency reported Sunday.

Tracey Emin, bad girl of UK art, 'slowly' catching up to her age

Basel - British artist Tracey Emin seems stressed and ruffled as she weaves through crowds of deep-pocketed collectors to reach three of her pieces on prominent display at Art Basel."It's a trade fair, isn't it?

Solar Impulse can wait in Japan for two months: Pilot

Toukyo - The pilot of a solar-powered plane trapped in Japan by the country's rainy season said Thursday he is prepared to wait two more months for a weather window, but may eventually have to give up for the year.

Solar Impulse facing 'moment of truth' in Japan

Toukyo - An ambitious attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a solar-powered plane is facing a "moment of truth" after two weeks of bad weather that have left it stuck in Japan, its pilot said Tuesday.

Serbian leader postpones Bosnia trip for Muslim ex-fighter arrest

Belgrade - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic Monday called off a visit to Bosnia after a member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency opposed his trip over the arrest of a former Bosnian Muslim fighter on Serbian war crimes charges.

Swiss flies out opposition journalist hiding at its Baku embassy

Ginebra - Switzerland has flown out of Azerbaijan an opposition journalist who had been sheltering for 10 months at its embassy in Baku, officials said Saturday, a day after the inaugural European Games opened in the tightly-controlled ex-Soviet country.

Iran asks Austria to secure nuclear talks against spying

Tehran - Iran has asked Austria's government to take immediate measures to protect the cyber security of nuclear talks, media reported Saturday after reports emerged of suspected espionage at negotiation venues.

Protesters demand release of Srebrenica Muslim commander

Sarajevo - Several hundred Muslim veterans of Bosnia's 1990s wars protested Friday to demand the release of Naser Oric, a Bosnian Muslim ex-commander arrested on a Serbian warrant alleging war crimes.

Outcry as Serbia demands handover of Srebrenica's Muslim commander

Ginebra - Families of the thousands of Bosnian Muslims massacred at Srebrenica reacted with outrage Thursday over the arrest of former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric on a war crimes warrant from Serbia.

Israel denies spying on Iran talks hotels

Ginebra - Swiss and Austrian investigators have launched probes into alleged spying in hotels hosting delicate Iranian nuclear talks, with Israel denying Thursday its secret services were involved.

Swiss arrest former Bosnian muslim commander Oric

Ginebra - Swiss border guards on Wednesday arrested former Bosnian muslim commander Naser Oric in the Geneva region, the Swiss news agency ATS reported.

Three tunes battle to become new Swiss national anthem

Suisse - The lofty tones fill a wood cabin on the outskirts of the emerald green meadow considered the birthplace of Switzerland, as three songs compete to become the country's new national anthem.

Finn elected new head of world weather body

Ginebra - Finnish weather chief Petteri Taalas was on Thursday elected as the new head of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) during its quadrennial congress in Geneva.

Solar Impulse to be stuck for a week in Japan for repairs

Toukyo - Solar Impulse 2 will be stuck in Japan for at least a week, its pilot has said, after sustaining damage to its delicate wing while on the ground.

Swiss lawmakers to boost corruption fight amid FIFA scandal

Ginebra - With the scandal at football's governing body raging, the upper house of Switzerland's parliament voted through a bill Wednesday dubbed "Lex FIFA", aimed at cracking down on corruption inside international organisations.

Solar Impulse gets inside mobile hangar in Japan

Toukyo - Sunshine-powered Solar Impulse 2, which has made an impromptu stop in Japan on its way around the world, was under cover in its mobile hangar Wednesday as the team waited out the weather before heading to Hawaii.

Swiss slammed for closing DR Congo 'dirty gold' case

Ginebra - Activists on Tuesday accused Swiss authorities of encouraging impunity, after prosecutors shut a case against a company suspected of laundering gold pillaged by armed groups in Democratic Republic of Congo.
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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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Horse meat was used by 2 Swiss restaurants for steak tartare.
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Stage of Yodeling and Singing Festival, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver.
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Hans Rudolf Merz, Switzerland's Finance Minister, during his giggle fit during a parliamentary speech
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A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice
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Lugano in Switzerland.
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The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau, 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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A statue near a Geneva bridge
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer dating back to 1920, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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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 over Chur, capital of Graubünden, Switzerland
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