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'Year of extremes' for shrinking Swiss glaciers in 2018: study

Geneva - Despite an exceptionally snow-filled winter, Swiss glaciers have lost 2.5 percent of their volume this year, according to a report Tuesday which dubbed 2018 "a year of extremes".

Swiss bank UBS on trial in France over tax fraud claims

Paris - The Swiss banking giant UBS goes on trial in Paris on Monday to face accusations it orchestrated a huge tax fraud scheme for wealthy French clients, with potential fines of billions of euros.

Remains of missing Japanese hiker found on Matterhorn

Geneva - Bones discovered at the foot of the Matterhorn have been identified as the remains of a Japanese national who disappeared on the iconic mountain four years ago, Swiss police said Monday.

Second Swiss minister announces resignation in a week

Geneva - Swiss Energy Minister Doris Leuthard announced Thursday that she will step down at the end of the year, marking the second government resignation in the past week.

Swiss police opposed Abramovich residency bid: official

Geneva - Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich had sought to move to Switzerland but withdrew his residency bid when it looked set to be rejected, a Swiss migration official said Wednesday.

Swiss region overwhelmingly votes for 'burqa ban'

Geneva - A second Swiss canton will introduce a regional "burqa ban", after voters in St. Gallen on Sunday emphatically backed prohibiting all face-covering garments in public spaces.

Swiss region overwhelmingly votes for 'burqa ban'

Geneva - A second Swiss canton will introduce a regional "burqa ban", after voters in St. Gallen emphatically voted Sunday to prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces.

Swiss region overwhelmingly votes for 'burqa ban'

Geneva - A second Swiss canton will introduce a regional "burqa ban", after voters in St. Gallen overwhelmingly voted Sunday to prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces.

'Attack' on Swiss ship off the Nigerian coast: Bern

Port Harcourt - A Swiss-operated ship has been attacked off the coast of Nigeria, Switzerland's foreign ministry said late Saturday, amid reports that 12 crew members had been kidnapped by pirates.

20,000 march for wage equality in Switzerland

Geneva - Some 20,000 people marched in Bern Saturday demanding wage equality between the genders, organisers said, warning that women are prepared to go on strike if Swiss parliamentarians do not fix the pay gap.

Regional 'burqa ban' up for vote in Switzerland

Geneva - A second Swiss canton will vote Sunday on whether to introduce a regional "burqa ban", a controversial law that would prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces.The ballot in northeastern St.

Swiss open rape case against Tariq Ramadan

Geneva - Prosecutors in Geneva have opened a rape and sexual misconduct investigation against Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who has been detained in France since February on separate rape charges, Swiss media reported Sunday.

Dutch 'expelled two Russian spies over Novichok lab plot'

Den Haag - Dutch intelligence services arrested two alleged Russian spies on suspicion of planning to hack a Swiss laboratory investigating the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, reports and officials said Friday.

Switzerland mourns 'visionary and friend' Kofi Annan

Geneva - As tributes flooded in from around the world Sunday for former UN chief Kofi Annan, Switzerland mourned a "visionary" who helped bolster his adopted home's position as an international diplomatic hub.

Annan lashed out at state of global leadership before death

Paris - Former UN chief Kofi Annan, who died on Saturday, lashed out at the state of global leadership in an exclusive interview with AFP last year, urging more cooperation to deal with terrorism, migration and climate change.

Kofi Annan: key dates

Paris - Key dates in the life of former UN chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan, the first black man to head the world body.- April 8, 1938: Born in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi to an aristocratic family from the Fante tribe.

'Guiding force for good': World mourns loss of Kofi Annan

Geneva - There was an outpouring of condolences from leaders around the world on Saturday after the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan.

Tributes pour in for former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Geneva - From his native Africa to the United States, tributes poured in from top leaders around the world Sunday after UN chief, Nobel peace laureate, and "diplomatic rock star" Kofi Annan died at the age of 80.

Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies at 80

Geneva - Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died Saturday after a short illness at the age of 80, his foundation announced.

WWII vintage plane crashes into Swiss mountainside, 20 dead

Geneve - Twenty people died when a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountain at the weekend, police said Sunday, as an investigation was launched into why the plane plummeted straight down at high speed.

Twenty dead in WWII vintage plane crash in Switzerland

Geneva - Twenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside at the weekend, police said Sunday."The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished," police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference....

Tajikistan to create 'tourist police' after IS-claimed attack kills 4

Dushanbe - Tajikistan on Wednesday pledged to create a "tourist police" force to protect visitors after four tourists were killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Cyclists killed in Tajikistan described 'dream' trip

Dushanbe - Cyclists from Europe and the US who were killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Tajikistan had described their trip as a "dream come true.

EU judges offer no 'break' in Kit Kat trademark war

Luxembourg - The European Union's top court on Wednesday ordered the EU's intellectual property office to "reconsider" Kit Kat's bloc-wide trademark, prolonging Nestle's decade-long battle to claim exclusive rights over the chocolate bar's distinctive shape.

Review: Renaud Lavillenie wins 1st place in men's pole vault in Lausanne Special

Lausanne - On July 4, 2018, world record holder and two-time Olympic medalist Renaud Lavillenie won the men's pole vault competition in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Review: Sam Kendricks finishes 3rd in Lausanne in the men's pole vault Special

Lausanne - On July 4, 2018, American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks competed in a men's pole vault meeting that was held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

US plan to end Iranian oil exports 'a fantasy': Rouhani

Geneva - A plan by the United States to cut Iran's oil production to zero is a "fantasy", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday during his European tour to rally support for the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran president in Europe to rally support for nuclear deal

Geneva - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Switzerland on Monday at the start of European trip billed as of "prime importance" after the US pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Last of the Jayer wine sold for 30 mln euros

Geneva - The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- was sold for a mouth-watering 30 million euros ($35 million) in Geneva on Sunday, well in excess of the estimated price.

Last of the Jayer wine to go on sale in Geneva

Geneva - The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- go on auction in Geneva Sunday and could rake in up to $13 million.
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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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The Gotthard Base Tunnel goes deep under the Alps and is the longest railway tunnel in the world.
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Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
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The boring drill is the length of four football fields.
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer from the "Belle Époque", sailing on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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The new fire hydrant tossing event held in Switzerland.
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View over Chur, capital of Graubünden, Switzerland
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Journalist Skijoring with a Bentley in Gstaad, Switzerland
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Michel Morganella, right, a soccer player for Switzerland
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The Gotthard Base Tunnel is opening on June 1  2016.
The Gotthard Base Tunnel is opening on June 1, 2016.
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