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Businessman charged with defrauding billionaire AS Monaco owner

Monaco - A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Death toll from weekend avalanches in Alps rises to five

Grenoble - The weekend death toll in the vacation-packed Alps rose Sunday when a man was killed in an avalanche in France, after four people perished earlier in a snowslide in Switzerland, police said.

Three Italians killed, two hurt in Swiss Alps avalanche: police

Geneva - Three Italians were killed and two were injured when they were hit by an avalanche while skiing in an area known as "Death Valley" in the Swiss Alps on Saturday, police said.

Six hurt as trains collide in Switzerland

Geneve - Two trains slammed into each other near the Swiss city of Zurich early Friday, tipping over carriages and injuring at least six people, police said.

Swiss raid HSBC in money laundering probe

Geneva - Swiss authorities on Wednesday raided the offices of British banking giant HSBC's Swiss unit as part of a money laundering probe into the bank that has been accused of helping clients to dodge millions of dollars in taxes.

Le Monde under fire from its businessmen owners over Swissleaks

Paris - Journalists at French newspaper Le Monde reacted angrily Wednesday to criticism from two of the paper's businessmen owners over its decision to publish the names of wealthy HSBC clients who dodged tax by opening Swiss accounts.

Swiss government presents bill to rein in EU immigration

Geneva - The Swiss government on Wednesday presented a bill for new quotas on immigration from the European Union, a year after voters narrowly approved such curbs and put the country on collision course with Brussels.

Da Vinci painting seized at Swiss bank

Rome - A hugely valuable painting believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci has been seized from a Swiss bank on the orders of Italian police who suspect it was moved out of the country illegally.

SwissLeaks whistleblower's tale worthy of a spy novel

Paris - Herve Falciani was once just an IT worker at a big bank, but since running off with hundreds of thousands of damaging documents from banking giant HSBC he has been alternately called a hero and a thief."He is brave. We have the highest opinion of Mr.

HSBC 'SwissLeaks' leaker urges more support for whistleblowers

Geneva - The man who stole the trove of secret files that sparked a global scandal over banking giant HSBC's alleged assistance to wealthy tax dodgers called Monday for more protections for whistleblowers.

HSBC 'tax dodge' revelations are just tip of iceberg, says leaker

Geneva - The former HSBC employee who leaked sensational secret documents alleging the bank helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes warned Tuesday that the revelations are just the "tip of the iceberg".

Death toll of off-piste skiiers in Swiss Alps rises to 11

Geneva - Eleven people have died in off-piste skiing accidents in the Swiss Alps despite repeated avalanche warnings over the past four days, police said Sunday.Nine skiers were hit by an avalanche on Saturday on the Piz Vilan mountain, of whom five died.

Swiss lose battle in currency war that could spread

Geneva - Historically neutral Switzerland's foray into the global currency war ended in defeat this past week after its central bank left markets shell-shocked by abandoning the franc's exchange rate floor, analysts said.

'Like Christmas': Rush to cash in on soaring Swiss franc

Geneva - "It's like Christmas all over again!" enthused Vanessa, as she joined a swelling queue outside a currency exchange office in downtown Geneva Thursday.

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.
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A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice
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View across the lake at Crans-Montana
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The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau, 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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Lugano in Switzerland.
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Trudging through heavy snow in Switzerland
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