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Swiss reject speedy nuclear phaseout

Geneva - Switzerland's ageing nuclear reactors will keep running for the foreseeable future, after voters Sunday rejected a call to speed up the phaseout of the plants.A full 54.

Rare blue diamond goes under hammer in Geneva for $17 million

Geneva - A rare blue diamond on Wednesday sold in Geneva for just over $17 million, as Sotheby's eyed total sales in excess of $100 million at the autumn jewel auctions.The 8.01-carat "Sky Blue" diamond in a Cartier setting was snapped up for $17.1 million (15....

UN hails 'significant progress' in Cyprus talks

Geneva - The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have made "significant progress" in talks over the reunification of Cyprus, the United Nations said late Friday.

Cyprus town's future hangs in Swiss talks balance

Morphou - When Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders meet for land-for-peace talks on Monday aimed at ending the island's decades-old division, the future of a famed orange-growing centre will be a core dispute.

Territory row looms over Cyprus showdown talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders will broach a multi-billion-euro territory dispute next week in Switzerland as part of UN-backed peace talks aimed at solving one of the world's longest-running political crises.

E. Guinea's leader's son faces Swiss corruption probe

Geneva - Geneva prosecutors said Thursday they have opened a money laundering probe targeting the son of Equatorial Guinea's leader, accused of plundering his country to buy luxuries including a private jet and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

Swiss police detain imam over 'call to kill Muslims'

Geneva - Swiss police arrested an imam at a controversial mosque near Zurich on Wednesday after he allegedly urged followers to kill fellow Muslims who refused to join communal prayers.

Jihadists storing loot at Swiss port? Geneva says no way

Geneva - When a leading French politician said Switzerland's free ports were helping terrorists hide stolen assets, Swiss officials offered a blunt rebuke.

Swiss billionaire fined $4 mn over undeclared artwork: reports

Geneva - Swiss customs authorities have slapped a billionaire with a $4 million fine for failing to properly declare some 200 artworks imported into Switzerland, according to media reports confirmed by officials Sunday.

On Greek islands, children of war hungry for school

Ch - Standing with a group of children outside a refugee camp on the Greek island of Chios, little Roza can't wait to get an early start to her day."Good school, good school!" she beams, her backpack on and pigtails bobbing.

French minister says stolen art may fund terror via 'free ports'

Washington - French Finance Minister Michel Sapin on Thursday called on the Group of 20 to prevent the use of so-called "free ports" in the sale of stolen art to fund terrorism.

Malaysia's 1MDB scandal involved 'Ponzi scheme': Swiss prosecutor

Geneva - Switzerland said Wednesday it had widened its probe into Malaysia's scandal-tainted state investment fund, 1MDB, with transactions worth $800 million under scrutiny and evidence pointing to fraud through "a Ponzi scheme".

Swiss army helicopter crash kills two

Geneva - A Swiss army helicopter crashed in a high alpine pass on Wednesday, killing two aviators and leaving a third person injured, the Swiss army said.

Swiss lawmakers approve step towards burqa ban

Geneva - Switzerland's lower house on Tuesday narrowly approved a draft bill on a nationwide burqa ban, the ATS news agency reported, but the measure remains far from coming into force.

EU warns Switzerland after region's vote on migrant curbs

Brussels - The EU warned Switzerland on Monday over a vote by one of its cantons backing curbs on migrants, an issue being closely watched in London as a possible template for Brexit negotiations.

Brussels, Rome voice exasperation at Swiss region vote on migrant curbs

Geneva - The European Union and Rome voiced exasperation Monday after the southern Swiss canton of Ticino voted to curb job access for workers living across the border in Italy.

France asks Switzerland to hand over 45,000 UBS accounts: report

Paris - French tax authorities have asked Switzerland to hand over client information for some 45,000 bank accounts as part of a probe into alleged tax fraud, Le Parisien daily said Monday.

Swiss voters back new surveillance law

Geneva - Swiss voters approved a new surveillance law on Sunday, in a victory for the government which argued the security services needed enhanced powers in an increasingly volatile world. The proposed law won 65.

Swiss populist Blocher 'escapes elderly knifeman unharmed'

Geneva - The longtime strongman of Switzerland's populist right Christoph Blocher was attacked by an elderly man carrying a knife after a political debate in Zurich, but escaped unharmed, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Altitude data 'to blame' for mystery F-18 crash in Switzerland

Geneva - A Swiss F/A-18 warplane smashed into the Alps after flight controllers told the pilot to fly far below a safe altitude, investigators probing the mystery incident said Tuesday.

Swiss train attack claims second victim

Geneva - A second woman has died from her injuries after a grisly attack on a Swiss train earlier this month, in which a man started a fire and stabbed passengers, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Crashed Swiss fighter jet located, 'pilot still missing'

Geneva - The remains of a Swiss army fighter jet that disappeared over the Alps Monday have been located in central Switzerland, but the pilot is still missing, the defence ministry said.

Swiss fighter jet missing, believed crashed: ministry

Geneva - A Swiss army fighter jet went missing over the Alps Monday and is believed to have crashed, the defence ministry said, adding that a large-scale search and rescue operation had been launched.

Swiss Post to test self-driving robots to deliver goods

Switzerland’s national postal service is testing next month autonomous robots to assess their suitability to deliver goods in the future.

Swiss train attacker's Liechtenstein home searched, police say

Geneva - Local officials have searched a Liechtenstein home belonging to the attacker who started a fire on a Swiss train and stabbed passengers at the weekend, police said Monday.

Swiss train attacker and one victim die of injuries

Geneva - A man who carried out a stabbing and arson attack on a Swiss train, killing one and injuring five others, has died in hospital, police said on Sunday.

Swiss knifeman sets fire on train, injures 6

Geneva - A knifeman started a fire on a train in eastern Switzerland before stabbing passengers on Saturday, injuring six people including a six-year-old child, police said.

French artist eyes record with giant Swiss hillside portrait of a pipe-smoking shepherd

Geneva - Armed with a spray gun and lugging buckets of flour, water, and pigment, a French artist has overcome storms and burrowing moles to turn a hectare of Swiss hillside into what is believed to be the world's largest painting on grass.

Hell hath no fury: Wife jailed over mistress bomb hoax

Grenoble - It is often said that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but one cheated wife went to extraordinary lengths to exact revenge on her husband's mistress.

Round-the-world trips that made aviation history

Abu Dhabi - Whether in aircraft or hot-air balloons, with or without stop-offs, and sometimes solo: round-the-world trips by air have produced several records since 1924.
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A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice
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Hans Rudolf Merz, Switzerland's Finance Minister, during his giggle fit during a parliamentary speech
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A grocery delivery rover developed by Starship Technologies.
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Michel Morganella, right, a soccer player for Switzerland
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A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer dating back to 1920, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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The Gotthard Base Tunnel goes deep under the Alps and is the longest railway tunnel in the world.
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The boring drill is the length of four football fields.
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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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Place Neuve, Geneva, Switzerland
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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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