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Record-low snow accumulation on biggest Alpine glacier: study

Geneva - Swiss glaciers have continued to shrink at an alarming rate this year, while snow accumulation on the largest glacier in the Alps reached a record low, a study showed Friday.

Free movement at risk in heart of Europe as Swiss vote

Geneva - The Swiss were voting Sunday on limiting immigration from the European Union, which, while not expected to pass, has sparked fears a shock "yes" could devastate relations with the bloc.

Swiss vote threatens free movement in heart of Europe

Geneva - A Swiss vote Sunday on limiting EU immigration is not expected to pass, but fears abound that a shock "yes" could deal a fatal blow to relations with the bloc.

Luxury Geneva hotels face 'life-threatening' corona crunch

Geneva - Behind its deep-red awnings, Richemont's blinds have been closed since July, after the coronavirus pandemic left the usually bustling five-star Geneva hotel starved for high-paying customers.

Swiss photographer not responsible for Hong Kong protest assault: lawyers

Fpo - A Swiss photographer who closed a door on a Chinese mainlander moments before he was assaulted during last year's Hong Kong democracy protests should not be held responsible for the attack, his lawyers argued Wednesday.

Swiss photographer on trial in Hong Kong over protest clash

Fpo - A Swiss photographer went on trial in Hong Kong on Wednesday charged with public disorder, with prosecutors accusing him of enabling an assault on a Chinese mainlander during last year's democracy protests.

Michel Platini grilled by Swiss prosecutor in payment probe

Bern - Michel Platini was quizzed by a Swiss prosecutor on Monday in a probe investigating a two-million-Swiss-franc ($2.2-million) payment that the former European football chief received from FIFA in 2011.

Swiss Alps alive with sound of music at drive-in festival

Honking horns and flashing headlights made for an original form of applause Sunday at a Swiss classical music festival staged before a drive-in audience in the heart of the Alps.

Tiger kills Zurich zookeeper

Geneva - A Siberian tiger attacked and killed a Zurich zookeeper on Saturday, the management said in a statement.An emergency team was alerted in the early afternoon and quickly managed to draw the tiger away from the cage where the attack took place, it added....

Switzerland grapples with its own 'George Floyd' case

Geneva - George Floyd's shocking death in police custody in the US has sparked belated soul-searching in Switzerland over the death of a Nigerian man two years ago in Lausanne in seemingly similar circumstances.

Thousands in Switzerland march against racism

Geneva - Thousands of demonstrators marched in cities and towns across Switzerland on Saturday to denounce racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the United States.

'Reborn' Swiss to drop most virus restrictions on June 6

Geneva - Switzerland announced Wednesday it would remove most of its remaining coronavirus restrictions on June 6, when all leisure and entertainment activities can resume if appropriate precautions are in place.

Crisis lays bare poverty in Geneva, as thousands queue for food

Geneva - In one of the world's most expensive cities, thousands of people lined up Saturday for free food, as the COVID-19 crisis casts a spotlight on Geneva's usually invisible poor.

Britain's Prince Andrew facing lawsuit over Swiss chalet

Verbier - Legal proceedings have been launched in Switzerland against Britain's Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, a newspaper reported Thursday, over money they still owe on a luxury chalet.

Explorer learns to love lockdown in Swiss chalet

Chateau-d'oex - After venturing through the Amazon, the Himalayas and reaching both Poles, explorer Mike Horn is now, thanks to the coronavirus crisis, discovering new, uncharted territory: home.

Cost of staying connected: Global differences revealed

The coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown has increased the global demand for digital technology and data transfer. While speed varies considerably between countries, so does the price that citizens pay. A new study looks at the differences.

Chop, chop! Swiss barbers back in business

Geneva - Barbers were doing a roaring trade among shaggy-haired customers on Monday as Switzerland started to ease restrictions imposed to control the coronavirus pandemic.

Switzerland virus cases top 10,000

Geneva - Switzerland on Thursday joined the small group of countries to declare more than 10,000 officially-recorded cases of COVID-19, as it launched plans to start tracking crowd build-ups through mobile phone data.

Top Swiss prosecutor has salary cut over FIFA case lies

Geneva - Switzerland's top prosecutor will have his pay docked after a disciplinary investigation found Wednesday that he lied repeatedly when questions were raised about his handling of a corruption investigation targeting FIFA.

New rape charges against Islamic scholar Ramadan

Paris - Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been charged with raping two women besides two others he was already facing accusations over, his lawyer told AFP Thursday.

US, German spies plundered global secrets via Swiss encryption firm: report

Washington - US and German intelligence services raked in the top secret communications of governments around the world for decades through their hidden control of a top encryption company, Crypto AG, US, German and Swiss media reported Tuesday.

Switzerland votes for law against homophobia

Geneva - Switzerland on Sunday voted strongly in favour of a new law against homophobia in a referendum in the face of strong opposition from the populist rightwing Swiss People's Party (SVP).

Switzerland divided over new law against homophobia

Geneva - For gay rights campaigner Jean-Pierre Sigrist, the new law being voted on in a referendum in Switzerland on Sunday might have stopped him getting beaten up four decades ago.

Trophy hunt of protected Alpine ibex sparks Swiss debate

Vex - A woman wearing a bright orange vest aims her rifle and on her second shot, a large Alpine ibex with majestic curved horns collapses in the snow.

Switzerland grapples with assisted suicide for prisoners

Geneva - A request by a convict behind bars for life is testing Switzerland's support for assisted suicide, raising complex questions over whether ill prisoners can seek help to end their own lives.

Socialist Sommaruga takes over Swiss presidency

Geneva - Cabinet member Simonetta Sommaruga of the Socialist Party took over the Swiss presidency on Wednesday, a largely ceremonial role that rotates between leading political parties.

Sri Lanka president says he is 'victim' of Swiss kidnap claim

Colombo - Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Thursday the alleged kidnapping of a Swiss embassy staffer which triggered a diplomatic spat between Colombo and Bern had been concocted to discredit his election victory.

Iranian and American freed in apparent prisoner swap

Tehran - An Iranian held in the US and an American held in Iran have been freed, the two sides said Saturday, in an apparent prisoner swap at a time of heightened tensions.

Iranian and American freed in apparent prisoner swap

Tehran - An Iranian held in the US and an American held in Iran have been freed, the two sides said Saturday, in an apparent prisoner swap at a time of heightened tensions.

At 50, Europe's oldest nuclear plant not ready to retire

Beznau - Europe's oldest functioning nuclear reactor, at Switzerland's Beznau plant, will turn 50 next week -- a lifespan deemed dangerously long by environmentalists who are demanding that it be shut down immediately.
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Davos, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum holds its Annual Meetings. Taken January 2005.
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Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
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The new fire hydrant tossing event held in Switzerland.
The new fire hydrant tossing event held in Switzerland.
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A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice
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Stage of Yodeling and Singing Festival, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver.
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer from the "Belle Époque", sailing on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
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View across the lake at Crans-Montana
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View of the excavation site in the cemetery of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna to the west of Luxor
View of the excavation site in the cemetery of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna to the west of Luxor
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Journalist Skijoring with a Bentley in Gstaad, Switzerland
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A look down the tunnel.
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A statue near a Geneva bridge
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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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Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
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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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Neuhausen am Rheinfall train station
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