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Disaster costs nearly double to $175bn in 2016: Swiss Re

Geneva - Devastating earthquakes, floods, hailstorms and wildfires, along with man-made devastation, helped push global disaster costs to $175 billion (161 billion euros) last year, reinsurer Swiss Re said on Thursday.

Turkey summons Swiss envoy over Kurdish rally

Istanbul - Turkey summoned the Swiss ambassador on Sunday to protest at a Kurdish rally in Bern which Ankara dubbed a "terrorist gathering", a diplomatic source said.

Swiss open probe into spying on Turks in Switzerland

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Friday they had opened an investigation into alleged spying on members of the Turkish community in Switzerland by an unspecified "intelligence service".

Turkish minister visits Switzerland as Europe row simmers

Geneva - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with his Swiss counterpart Thursday after having to call off a campaign appearance amongst diaspora voters, in a bitter row between Ankara and Europe.

Seven hurt as Milan-Basel train derails

Geneva - Seven people were injured Wednesday when a train travelling from the Italian city of Milan to Basel in Switzerland derailed, police and railway officials said.

Vital that Lula stand for Brazil president in 2018: Rousseff

Geneva - Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff said Saturday that Brazil's crippled democracy needs her predecessor and mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, to stand in next year's election.

Swiss man suspected of abusing 80 boys in Thailand

Geneva - A Swiss man will go on trial this month on allegations he sexually abused more than 80 boys -- some as young as nine -- in Thailand, Swiss authorities said Friday.

Shooting in Swiss cafe kills two Albanians

Geneva - Swiss police said Friday that a shooting by two gunmen at a cafe in the city of Basel was a targeted killing with no "terrorist" motive.

Two killed in shooting at Basel cafe, one badly injured: Swiss police

Geneva - Two men shot dead two people and seriously injured a third on Thursday at a cafe in Basel, north-west Switzerland, police said as they hunt for the suspects. "Two men came into Cafe 56" around 8.

Switzerland rejects Zurich's request to cancel Turkish visit

Geneva - Switzerland on Thursday rejected a request from Zurich authorities to cancel over security concerns a weekend visit by Turkey's foreign minister, after several German regions blocked rallies to back a Turkish referendum.

Zurich wants Turkish foreign minister visit cancelled

Geneva - Zurich on Wednesday asked the Swiss government to cancel a planned visit by the Turkish foreign minister to the canton over security concerns, after several local authorities in Germany blocked rallies by Turkish ministers.

Swiss back new citizenship rules in defeat for rightwing

Geneva - Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, crushing rightwing nationalists who had stoked fears about granting nationality to more Muslims.

Anti-Muslim poster clouds Swiss citizenship vote

Geneva - The woman's shadowed eyes stare out from a black niqab with the poster's tagline urging Swiss voters to reject "uncontrolled naturalisation.

Swiss court tightens asylum criteria for Eritreans

Geneva - A Swiss court has slammed shut the Alpine country's open-door policy toward Eritreans which had automatically granted them refugee status.In announcing its decision Thursday, the court said the lax policy was unjustified.

Switzerland to lift ban on gay, bisexual men giving blood

Geneva - Switzerland on Tuesday said it would lift its 40-year ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood but will still prohibit donations from those who have had sex in the last year.

Swiss police detain Tibet protesters as Xi arrives

Geneva - Swiss police on Sunday detained 32 people protesting conditions in Tibet as Chinese President Xi Jinping began a state visit in the wealthy Alpine nation.

Al-Qaeda ally releases video showing Swiss hostage alive: SITE

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

Swiss Muslim girls must take swimming classes with boys: Europe court

Strasbourg - Muslim parents in Switzerland cannot refuse to send their daughters to school-run swimming lessons with boys, Europe's top rights court said Tuesday, dismissing a challenge by a Turkish-Swiss couple claiming the rule violated their beliefs.

Cyprus: four decades of division and negotiations

Nicosia - Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops occupied the northern third of the Mediterranean island in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece.

Greek justice minister vows speedy corruption inquiry

Atenas - Greece's justice minister on Tuesday promised a "swift and thorough" investigation into suspected corruption by civil servants and Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis.

Swiss police say Muslim prayer hall shooter found dead

Geneva - Swiss police said Tuesday that they had found the body of a man suspected of opening fire and injuring three men at a Muslim prayer hall in Zurich.

Three hurt in shooting at Muslim prayer hall in Zurich: police

Zurich - A man burst into a Muslim prayer hall in the Swiss city of Zurich on Monday and started shooting, injuring three men, according to police, who have launched a manhunt for the shooter.

Swiss parliament finally agrees on EU migrant curbs plan

Geneva - The Swiss parliament on Friday finally agreed on a plan to curb immigration from the EU, as called for in a 2014 referendum, without jeopardising its vital relationship with the bloc.

Nazi-era stolen art hoard to go to Swiss museum, court says

Munich - A German court Thursday threw out a challenge to the will of collector Cornelius Gurlitt, clearing the way for a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard found in his home to go to a Swiss museum.

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.
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Schwyz with Lake Lucerne, Mount Rigi and Lake Lauerz, seen from Grosser Mythen (Switzerland)
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A grocery delivery rover developed by Starship Technologies.
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer from the "Belle Époque", sailing on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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Place Neuve, Geneva, Switzerland
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View across the lake at Crans-Montana
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A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
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Journalist Skijoring with a Bentley in Gstaad, 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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Yodeling medley performed by the choir, Vancouver, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Canada.
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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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Horse meat was used by 2 Swiss restaurants for steak tartare.
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Trudging through heavy snow in Switzerland
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Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
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The Gotthard Base Tunnel is opening on June 1, 2016.
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer dating back to 1920, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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