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Solar plane nears end of historic round-the-world trip

Abu Dhabi - Solar Impulse 2 was on Monday approaching the end of its epic bid to become the first sun-powered plane to circle the globe without a drop of fuel to promote renewable energy.

Solar Impulse 2 embarks on world tour final leg

Cairo - A sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on a record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy was due to depart from Cairo early Sunday on the last leg of its journey.

World touring solar plane's final leg to UAE delayed

Cairo - The final leg of an unprecedented world tour by a solar-powered plane was postponed Saturday due to the pilot's health, he said in a message on Twitter.The Solar Impulse 2 had been scheduled to leave Cairo for Abu Dhabi."I'm sick. Stomach upset.

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Egypt in penultimate stop of world tour

Cairo - The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Cairo on Wednesday for its penultimate stop as the solar-powered plane nears the end of its marathon tour around the world.

Delight as jazz giants return to small Swiss town of Montreux

Montreux - As saxophone supremo Charles Lloyd pushes out a cascade of soaring notes, jazz aficionados in Montreux sway in rapture.

French prosecutors seek UBS tax fraud trial: legal source

Paris - French finance prosecutors have asked for Swiss bank UBS to face trial for allegedly orchestrating a vast system of tax fraud in France, a legal source said Monday.

Swiss-based IT worker at Panama Papers firm released

Geneva - A Swiss-based IT worker arrested earlier this month on suspicion of stealing documents from the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal was released from custody on Friday, his lawyer said.

Solar Impulse 2 completes first-ever Atlantic flight

Seville - The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Spain Thursday after completing a 71-hour flight from New York in the first "magical" solo transatlantic crossing in a solar-powered airplane.

Solar plane powers on over Atlantic after turbulence

Madrid - The Solar Impulse 2 plane went through "a long night of turbulence" over the Atlantic, its weary pilot said Wednesday as he continued on the challenging leg of its sun-powered trip around the world.

Solar-powered plane more than halfway across the Atlantic

New York - The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft passed the halfway mark of its marathon flight across the Atlantic late Tuesday, one of the most challenging legs of its historic sun-powered journey around the world.

Elvis' gun licence to be auctioned in Switzerland

Geneva - Elvis Presley's gun licence, reported to be the only original document that includes all the legendary singer's fingerprints, will be auctioned in Switzerland in July.

Solar Impulse 2 begins Atlantic crossing

New York - The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft was flying over the western Atlantic Monday morning on one of the most difficult legs of its record-breaking bid to cross the globe using only solar energy.

AQIM sends proof-of-life video of Swiss hostage: SITE

Washington - Al-Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa released a new proof-of-life video of Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockly, who has been held hostage by the group in Mali since January, US-based monitoring group SITE said.

'Panama Papers' firm demands prosecution of suspect in Switzerland

Panama - The law firm at the center of the "Panama Papers" scandal says it expects the prosecution of a worker from its Geneva office detained on suspicion of stealing company documents.

Swiss central bank bracing for Brexit 'turbulence'

Geneva - The head of Switzerland's central bank warned Thursday that the Swiss economy could face turbulence if Britain opts to exit the EU in next week's referendum, vowing to "take measures if required".

IT worker at Panama Papers firm arrested in Geneva: report

Geneva - An information technology worker at the Geneva office of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, has been arrested, Switzerland's Le Temps newspaper reported Wednesday.

Pioneering solar pilots 'make sci-fi a reality'

New York - The Swiss pilot readying to cross the Atlantic in a solar-powered plane on the next leg of a record-breaking, round-the-world mission says he is making science fiction reality.

Swiss fighter crashes in Netherlands ahead of air show

Den Haag - A Swiss fighter crashed and burst into flames in the Netherlands Thursday after hitting another jet during a training session before an air show, officials said.

Swiss say 'no thanks' to basic income for all

Geneva - The Swiss on Sunday flatly rejected a radical proposal to provide the entire population with a basic income. Final results in the referendum showed 76.

The world's longest tunnel opens in Switzerland

Erstfeld - The world's longest tunnel officially opened on Wednesday, with the trailblazing rail passage under the Swiss Alps aiming to ease transit through the heart of Europe.

The world's longest rail tunnel, in numbers

Geneva - The world's longest rail tunnel, which runs under the Alps and took 17 years to build, is inaugurated on Wednesday. Here are four key numbers about the project, called the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT).- 57 -At a length of 57 kilometres (34.

World's longest rail tunnel sees light at end of decades' wait

Geneva - When Swiss engineer Carl Eduard Gruner came up with the idea to build the world's longest rail tunnel under the Alps in 1947, he predicted the visionary project could be finished by the start of the 21st century.He would turn out to be off by 16 years....

Muslim pupils must obey teacher handshake rule: Swiss canton

Geneva - Religious belief is no excuse for refusing to shake a teacher's hand, authorities in a northern Swiss region ruled Wednesday, reversing one school's controversial decision to grant exemptions for Muslim pupils unwilling to touch the opposite sex.

1,400 bottles of luxury Burgundy under hammer at 'unique' auction

Geneva - More than 1,400 bottles of "grand crus" from Burgundy's renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine estate will be auctioned off in Geneva Sunday in a sale expected to make millions.

Rare blue diamond aims for record price at Geneva auction

Geneva - A dazzling blue diamond once owned by mining magnate Philip Oppenheimer could fetch a record sale price Wednesday, with auction house Christie's hoping it tops the staggering $48.4 million mark set last year.The 14.

Swiss minimum income campaigners set 'Guinness' record with poster

Geneva - Campaigners for a minimum income in Switzerland set a Guinness Record for the world's largest poster on Saturday, as they sought support for the controversial proposal ahead of a referendum next month.

Explorer Mike Horn sets off on pole-to-pole challenge

Monaco - South African-born Swiss explorer Mike Horn on Sunday set off from Monaco at the start of an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in an unmotorised expedition.

Swiss mull extradition for Kosovan war crimes suspects: Report

Ginebra - Swiss authorities have arrested two Kosovans wanted by Serbia for suspected war crimes, but the question of where to extradite them to is stirring up diplomatic tensions, Swiss media said Monday.

Suspect in Cologne sex assaults caught near German-Swiss border

Ginebra - A key suspect in the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults in Cologne was spotted shoplifting in southern Germany and arrested across the border in Switzerland, authorities said Thursday.

Geneva rejects Turkish request to remove picture of slain teen

Ginebra - Authorities in Geneva on Tuesday rejected a Turkish request to remove an exhibition picture that blames President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the death of a Turkish teen injured during anti-government demonstrations.
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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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The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau, Switzerland.
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Michel Morganella, right, a soccer player for Switzerland
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Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
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