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Widow of famed chef Violier to run restaurant after his suicide

Ginebra - The widow of top chef Benoit Violier, whose January 31 suicide shocked the culinary world, said she would take charge of her husband's celebrated restaurant, in an interview published Wednesday.

Star chefs turn out for funeral of tragic colleague Violier

Lausanne - Some of the world's most famous restaurateurs joined around 1,500 mourners Friday at the Swiss funeral of star chef Benoit Violier, who killed himself last weekend.

Wife reopens tragic chef's restaurant two days after death

Paris - The widow of top chef Benoit Violier reopened his acclaimed Swiss restaurant Tuesday, only two days after his apparent suicide sent shock waves through the culinary world, reports said.

Malaysia pledges to help Swiss probe as pressure on PM grows

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's attorney general promised Saturday to cooperate with a Swiss call for help in probing alleged massive corruption that has placed Prime Minister Najib Razak under severe pressure.

Danish plan to seize migrants' valuables 'despicable': HRW

Istanbul - Legislation agreed in Denmark to seize the valuables of refugees in the hope of limiting the flow of migrants is "despicable", US-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.

Jihadists claim kidnap of Swiss woman in Mali: Report

Nouakchott - Private Mauritanian news agency Al-Akhbar said Tuesday that it had received a video purportedly from the Al-Qaeda-linked Emirate of the Sahara group claiming responsibility for this month's kidnapping of Swiss woman Beatrice Stockly in northern Mali.

From Davos to Laos, another world tour for John Kerry

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry sets off on another tour around the world next week that will take him to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

As Danes debate, Swiss already seizing refugees' cash

Ginebra - As Denmark faces a barrage of criticism over its controversial plan to seize refugees' valuables, Switzerland has already been doing so for years, Swiss authorities said Friday.

German art experts defend slow progress on Nazi-era hoard

Berlin - A German task force investigating the provenance of a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard of hundreds of works said Thursday that only five had been proved to be looted thus far, and defended its slow progress.

Switzerland returns looted archaeological treasures to Italy

Ginebra - Switzerland has returned to Italy 45 boxes of ancient Etruscan art stolen during illegal excavations and stashed away for more than 15 years, including two rare sarcophaguses, authorities said Thursday.

French police station attacker made Swiss asylum claim

Ginebra - The man shot dead after trying to attack a Paris police station last week applied for asylum in Switzerland before being shunted back to Italy, Swiss police said Wednesday.

Swiss populist firebrand Christophe Blocher to step down: Report

Ginebra - The strongman of Switzerland's populist right, Christophe Blocher, will stand down in April, media reported Sunday, paving the way for a complete shake-up at the top of the country's biggest party.

Head of Switzerland's largest party to step down

Ginebra - The head of the populist rightwing Swiss People's Party (SVP) Toni Brunner will resign in April, Switzerland's largest party said Saturday, just months after securing record support in general elections.

Inter-dimensional portal caught on film, Truth or Hoax?

On December 7, 2015 tourists captured on film a swirling inter-dimensional portal in the sky above the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. An orb is seen entering the portal before it disappears. The question is it truth or a clever hoax?

Swiss woman abducted by Mali gunmen in Timbuktu for second time

Bamako - Gunmen have abducted a Swiss woman from her home in fabled Timbuktu in northern Mali, the second time she has been taken captive, officials told AFP on Friday.

New Year's Eve sex assaults also reported in Zurich: police

Ginebra - Several women were allegedly robbed and sexually assaulted in Zurich on New Year's Eve, Swiss police said Thursday, saying the attack method appeared "a little bit similar" to that used in a spate of assaults in Germany.

Swiss billionaire Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, 53, pregnant with twins

Ginebra - Swiss multi-billionaire businesswoman Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, the 53-year-old chair of French conglomerate Louis Dreyfus Commodities and owner of the Olympique de Marseille football team, is pregnant with twins, the company said Monday.

Switzerland hands U.S. prosecutors FIFA evidence

Geneva - Switzerland on Wednesday handed over an initial package of bank documents to US prosecutors requested by Washington as evidence in the ongoing criminal cases targeting senior FIFA leadership.

Qatar's former emir breaks leg in holiday accident

Doha - Qatar's former emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has undergone an emergency operation in Switzerland after breaking a leg while on holiday, the government said on Tuesday.

Switzerland grants its final special 'stripper visas'

Ginebra - More than 700 foreign strippers received a special Swiss work permit in 2015, the last issued in a controversial programme that expires on January 1, the immigration office said Tuesday.

Protesters trash downtown Geneva, police say

Ginebra - An unauthorised demonstration over Geneva budget cuts for alternative culture spun out of control late Saturday, with protesters vandalising much of the centre of the Swiss city, police said.

Ikea defends its refugee shelters amid Swiss concerns

Stockholm - The Ikea Foundation on Saturday insisted that its refugee shelters are safe, a day after the Swiss city of Zurich said it no longer would use the units after discovering they posed a fire hazard.

Azerbaijan, Armenia presidents meet on breakaway region

Ginebra - The presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia met in Bern Saturday to discuss their countries' decades-old conflict over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region amid a recent wave of clashes.

Switzerland boosts counter-terrorism forces

Ginebra - The Swiss government said Friday it was creating 86 new positions dedicated to combatting terrorism as additional resources were needed to effectively investigate and contain increased security threats.

Two Syrians arrested in Geneva after 'traces of explosives' found in car

Ginebra - Swiss authorities on Saturday said two Syrians had been arrested in Geneva after traces of explosives were found in their car, as police continued to hunt for several suspected jihadists with links to the Islamic State group.

Blankets cover Swiss glacier in vain effort to halt icemelt

Ginebra - From afar, the Rhone glacier looks pristine, but on closer inspection the surface is covered with white blankets to slow the melting of the rapidly retreating ice.

Two men arrested in Switzerland with explosive traces in car: TV

Ginebra - Two men of Syrian origin were arrested Friday in Geneva with traces of explosives in their car, Swiss public television said, as the city remained on alert due to an increased jihadist threat.

Geneva on high alert in hunt for suspected jihadists

Ginebra - Geneva remained on high alert Friday as police carried out further searches in the western Swiss city for several suspected jihadists believed to have links to the Islamic State (IS) group, officials said.

Swiss police searching Geneva for suspected jihadists

Ginebra - Police in Geneva on Thursday raised the alert level and searched the city for several suspected jihadists believed to have links to the Islamic State (IS) group, officials said.

Cyprus deports Frenchmen, but says terror ruled out

Nicosia - Cyprus deported Tuesday six French citizens who had been detained at the island's main airport on suspicion of extremist links but were later said not to be a danger, authorities said.
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