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European states to create anti-trafficking taskforce

Ginebra - Switzerland, Germany and Italy are preparing to launch a joint taskforce to detect and dismantle networks smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

Italian BASE jumper dies in Swiss Alps stunt

Ginebra - A 46-year-old Italian plunged to his death in the Swiss Alps Thursday after crashing onto rocks during a BASE jump, the second such accident in Switzerland in under a year, police said.

'Thousands' of political heavyweights hold Swiss accounts: official

Bern - Thousands of so-called "politically exposed persons", or PEPs -- a category that includes heads of state and other top officials -- hold Swiss bank accounts, a Swiss foreign ministry official said Monday.

Pilot killed in collision at Swiss air show: Police

Ginebra - A pilot was killed when two small stunt planes collided Sunday at an air show in northern Switzerland, police said.The second pilot managed to eject from his plane and parachuted to the ground after the 0915 GMT (11:15 am) collision in Dittingen.

From Rolex to buttocks: Swiss city embraces the art of nudity

Biel - The Swiss city of Biel and its peaceable citizens is known as the world capital for watchmaking.But could the home of Rolex and Swatch also gain an unlikely reputation for naked flesh?

Algerian human rights lawyer held in Italy: Reports

Rome - Italian border police have detained an Algerian human rights lawyer who is the subject of an international arrest warrant but who lives in Switzerland as a political refugee, Italian media said Friday.

Germany's Steinmeier urges EU-Swiss talks on immigration limits

Ginebra - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday urged the European Union to negotiate with Switzerland on Bern's plans for new quotas on immigration from the bloc.

Send refugees home after wars end, urges Swiss politician

Ginebra - A leading Swiss politician said people fleeing conflict should only receive temporary protection in Switzerland, calling for a rethinking of the country's approach to asylum seekers in an interview published Sunday.

Bodies found at base of Swiss cliff in possible murder-suicide

Ginebra - Swiss police said they found the bodies of a man and his two young children at the base of a cliff on Friday, in what appeared to be a possible murder-suicide.

Unpaid UN intern quits after uproar over Swiss tent home

Ginebra - A young New Zealander on Wednesday quit a prestigious but unpaid internship at the United Nations in Geneva after revelations he was sleeping in a tent to get by created uproar.

Two Japanese climbers found dead in Swiss Alps: Official

Toukyo - The bodies of two Japanese climbers have been found on the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, a Tokyo official said Wednesday, three days after the pair got into difficulty on the mountain.

Remains of two Japanese climbers found in Alps after half century

Ginebra - The remains of two Japanese climbers who disappeared in the Swiss Alps in 1970 have been found after emerging from melting ice, police said Thursday.

Swiss seize $400,000 ivory haul in transit to China

Ginebra - A large haul of ivory, worth more than $400,000 on the black market, was seized at Zurich airport last month on its way from Tanzania to China, Swiss authorities said Tuesday.

Photo essay: Geneva is more than just Red Cross and heavy heat Special

Geneva - If you thought Geneva was only expensive watches and the Alps and Red Cross headquarters, think again. I visited this Swiss gem to get a glimpse into what makes this city so attractive.

Record-breaking Solar Impulse 2 grounded for 'several months'

Ginebra - The sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 will be grounded for months in Hawaii to carry out battery repairs, after completing nearly half of an unprecedented round-the-world flight, the project said Wednesday.

Solar Impulse grounded in Hawaii for repairs

Washington - The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has been grounded in Hawaii, its crew said Saturday, after a grueling five-day, fuel-less flight across the Pacific Ocean overheated its batteries.

Drone postal deliveries begin in Switzerland

En La Gottaz - Wondering where your package is? Look up!Switzerland's postal service said Tuesday it had begun testing parcel deliveries by unmanned drones, although widespread use of the flying postmen is not likely to kick in for another five years.

Solar Impulse sets record but faces 'difficult' hours

Los Angeles - A solar-powered plane on the riskiest leg of a round-the-globe bid is closing in on Hawaii after a record-breaking flight which has tested its exhausted pilot to the limit in "difficult" conditions.

US seeks extradition of FIFA 7 in Switzerland

Ginebra - The United States has demanded the extradition of seven FIFA officials detained in May setting off what could become a prolonged legal battle over the handling of the major corruption case.

Solar Impulse reaches quarter way point in Japan-U.S. flight

Toukyo - A solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight was high above the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, over a quarter of the way to Hawaii after leaving Japan, the mission website showed.

Solar Impulse past 'point of no return' from Japan to Hawaii

Toukyo - A revolutionary solar-powered aircraft was past "the point of no return" and flying over the Pacific Ocean bound for Hawaii Monday, on the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe.

Swiss extradite war crimes suspect to Bosnia

Ginebra - A former Bosnian Muslim commander has been extradited to Bosnia for suspected war crimes, the Swiss justice ministry said Friday, amid outrage in Serbia which wants him on similar charges.

Switzerland to extradite Bosnian Muslim war crimes suspect

Ginebra - Switzerland on Thursday authorised the extradition of former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric to Bosnia rather than Serbia, which had issued the war crimes warrant for his arrest.

Solar Impulse could be stuck in Japan for a year: Pilot

Ginebra - A solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world must cross the Pacific within a few weeks or it could remain stuck in Japan for a year, its pilot said in an interview published Thursday.

Solar Impulse 2 Japan take-off postponed

Nagoya - A solar-powered plane on a mission to fly around the world was back in its mobile hangar Wednesday, after take-off from Japan was postponed at the 11th hour because of bad weather over the Pacific Ocean.

Solar Impulse set to take off early Wednesday: team

Toukyo - A solar plane that has been trapped in Japan for three weeks is set to take off for Hawaii early Wednesday, on the most challenging leg of an attempt to circumnavigate the world without using fuel.

Serbia seeks extradition of former Bosnian Muslim commander

Belgrade - Belgrade has asked Switzerland to extradite former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric, who was arrested in Geneva on a war crimes warrant from Serbia, Serbia's official news agency reported Sunday.

Tracey Emin, bad girl of UK art, 'slowly' catching up to her age

Basel - British artist Tracey Emin seems stressed and ruffled as she weaves through crowds of deep-pocketed collectors to reach three of her pieces on prominent display at Art Basel."It's a trade fair, isn't it?

Solar Impulse can wait in Japan for two months: Pilot

Toukyo - The pilot of a solar-powered plane trapped in Japan by the country's rainy season said Thursday he is prepared to wait two more months for a weather window, but may eventually have to give up for the year.

Solar Impulse facing 'moment of truth' in Japan

Toukyo - An ambitious attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a solar-powered plane is facing a "moment of truth" after two weeks of bad weather that have left it stuck in Japan, its pilot said Tuesday.
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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Michel Morganella, right, a soccer player for Switzerland
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A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
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Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
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