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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.

French first lady forwarded Polanski rape accuser's letters to officials

Paris - French first lady Brigitte Macron forwarded two letters written to her by a former model who has accused Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski of raping her as a teenager to two members of the government, her office said Saturday.

Swiss vote in possible 'green wave' election

Geneva - Switzerland was voting Sunday in national elections that could see unprecedented gains for parties demanding bold climate action and a possible slip for the anti-immigrant right-wing.

Polls point to 'green wave' in Swiss vote

Geneva - Voter concern about climate change could trigger a "green wave" in Switzerland's elections on Sunday, possibly yielding unprecedented gains for parties that back bold action to protect the planet.

Swiss glaciers shrink 10 percent in five years: study

Geneva - Switzerland's glaciers have lost a tenth of their volume in the past five years alone -- a melting rate unmatched during observations stretching back more than a century, a study showed Tuesday.

Group behind Facebook's Libra coin announces 21 founding members

Geneva - The Libra Association, created by Facebook to launch its new cryptocurrency, has announced its 21 founding members after defections by previous supporters including Visa and Mastercard.

Poles with Swiss franc mortgages await key EU ruling

Warsaw - Like hundreds of thousands of other Poles, 42-year-old Piotr Zientala anxiously awaits a crucial EU court ruling Thursday on the legality of Swiss franc mortgages which could determine his financial future.

Swiss to auction 25 super cars seized from E. Guinea leader's son

Cheserex - A collection of luxury cars seized from Equatorial Guinea's vice president Teodorin Obiang Nguema will be auctioned off in Switzerland on Sunday and are estimated to bring in 18.5 million Swiss francs ($18.7 million).
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Trudging through heavy snow in 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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The Simplon, a paddle steamer dating back to 1920, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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Horse meat was used by 2 Swiss restaurants for steak tartare.
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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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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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Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
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View of the excavation site in the cemetery of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna to the west of Luxor
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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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Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
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The boring drill is the length of four football fields.
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The Gotthard Base Tunnel is opening on June 1, 2016.
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