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School children among over 30 injured in Swiss Alps train accident

Geneva - Thirty-three people, most of them school children, were injured Monday when a train engine collided with carriages full of passengers at a station in the Swiss Alps, police and media reports said.

Swiss glacier collapses, after hundreds evacuated

Geneva - Part of the Swiss alpine glacier Trift in the country's south collapsed Sunday, but caused no damage or casualties and residents evacuated from the area can return home, police in Valais canton said.

Trump announces ambassador picks to Germany, India

Washington - US President Donald Trump has announced a series of ambassador nominations to key capitals, including Berlin and New Delhi, more than seven months after taking office.

Fresh landslides in Swiss Alps force more evacuations

Geneva - New landslides have forced more evacuations from a valley in the Swiss Alps where eight hikers were buried in a barrage of boulders and mud a week ago, authorities said Friday.

Digital transformation of farming the Swiss way

Farming is undergoing a steady digital transformation. One country where cutting edge agricultural technology is emerging is in Switzerland, with innovations like milking robots, and driverless vehicles.

Fresh mudslide in Swiss Alps as eight remain missing

Suisse - Hopes of finding eight people missing after a massive landslide in the Swiss Alps alive are fading, police said Friday, as a fresh barrage of sludge forced more evacuations.

Little hope of finding Swiss landslide missing alive

Suisse - Hopes of finding eight people missing after a massive landslide in the Swiss Alps alive are fading, police said Friday, warning it could take weeks before all those who fled can return home.

Eight missing after huge landslide in Swiss Alps

Ginebra - Eight people were still missing Thursday after a massive landslide swept away a mountainside in the Swiss Alps, ripping apart buildings and forcing the evacuation of a village.

Outrage as Swiss hotel orders 'Jewish guests' to shower before swimming

Geneva - A Swiss hotel that posted signs telling Jewish clients to shower before using the pool and restricting their access to the facility's freezer has unleashed outrage and official complaints from Israel.

Hong Kong, Switzerland, 15 EU states hit by egg scandal

Brussels - Insecticide-tainted eggs from European poultry farms have now been found in Hong Kong and Switzerland as well as 15 EU countries, the European Commission said Friday.

Credit Suisse bars trades on some Venezuelan bonds

New York - Credit Suisse barred its traders from transacting some Venezuelan government bonds and required other Venezuela-connected transactions to undergo a special review for reputational risk, a bank spokesman said Thursday.

Plane crash at Swiss camp kills teens, pilot: police

Geneva - A plane crash at a Swiss summer camp on Friday killed two 14-year-old campers and the pilot, while leaving a third teenager seriously injured, police said.

German hiker found in Alps 30 years after disappearance

Geneva - The remains of a German hiker who disappeared while climbing in the Swiss Alps 30 years ago has been found embedded in a glacier, police said Wednesday.

Swiss police hunt for chainsaw attacker

Ginebra - Swiss police were searching Monday for a man who went on a rampage while armed with a chainsaw in an attack police said was not "a terrorist act".

Swiss police confirm identity of couple found on glacier

Geneva - DNA tests have established that the remains found on a receding glacier last week in the Swiss Alps were of a couple that disappeared 75 years ago, police said Wednesday.

Swiss couple found on glacier 75 years after disappearance

Geneva - A Swiss couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their family, relatives and media said Tuesday.

Mastering manners at Switzerland's last finishing school

Waadt - Eight women sit primly around an elaborately set table making pleasant small-talk about the weather, as immaculately starched waiting staff stand at the ready.

Jailbird: Swiss collector sentenced for filching feathers

Geneva - A Swiss hawk enthusiast was on Wednesday sentenced to three years behind bars for stealing more than 10,000 bird feathers worth an estimated $6 million from European museums.

Al-Qaeda in Mali releases video showing 6 foreign hostages alive: SITE

Bamako - Al-Qaeda's Mali branch has released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, including elderly Australian surgeon Arthur Kenneth Elliott and Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin, US-based monitoring group SITE said.

Glencore makes new bid for Rio's Australia coal assets

Sydney - Rio Tinto said on Monday that Swiss commodities giant Glencore has upped its offer for the firm's Australian coal assets, raising the stakes in a bidding war with China-backed Yancoal.

Political turmoil finds artistic outlet at Basel fair

Basel - Hundreds of glass bottles suspended in nets or hanging from chains hauntingly illustrate the horrors of the slave trade, while 40,000 golden bullets are poised menacingly above an egg-covered surface.

Art market eyes rebound as Basel fair kicks off

Basel - The global art market appeared to collectively sigh with relief as deep-pocketed collectors descended on Art Basel this week after two years of dwindling sales.

Man guilty of libel over Facebook 'likes': Swiss court

Geneva - In a landmark ruling, a Swiss court has fined a man for "liking" comments on Facebook accusing an animal rights activist of being a "racist" and an "anti-Semite".

Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

Geneva - The Swiss voted Sunday in favour of a massive overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.A full 58.

Swiss to vote on gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

Geneva - The Swiss will vote in a referendum Sunday on a planned overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.

Heiress to Nina Ricci fortune avoids jail for tax fraud

Paris - A French appeals court ruled Friday that the heiress to the estate of fashion designer Nina Ricci will not serve jail time over her conviction for tax fraud, reducing an earlier sentence.

German FM rebukes Switzerland over tax scandal

Frankfurt Am Main - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday upbraided Switzerland for allegedly monitoring German finance inspectors who hunt cross-border tax cheats.

Swiss guards, loyal soldiers of the pope, take the oath

Vatican City - Forty new Swiss Guards were sworn in at the Vatican on Saturday, the latest halberd-clutching soldiers of the pope to serve a tradition stretching back 500 years.

Stratospheric solar plane makes first test flight

Payerne - The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland Friday.

Swiss spy 'ran mole' in German tax office: report

Berlin - A Swiss spy allegedly monitoring German finance officials who hunt cross-border tax cheats also ran a mole in a state finance ministry office, media reports said Thursday.
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