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Swiss voters reject shift to state-run health insurance

Geneva - Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan to ditch the country's all-private health insurance system and create a state-run scheme, exit polls showed.

Swiss doctor creates Google Glass app for paramedics (Video)

Sierre - An app has been developed at the University of Applied Sciences (HES-SO) in Sierre, Switzerland, which is aimed at saving precious minutes by enabling specialist doctors at hospitals to interact live with paramedics working on patients at the scene.

Schumacher moved home from hospital for further care, family says

Geneva - Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has left a Swiss hospital and will continue his treatment at home after a devastating ski accident in December, his family said Tuesday.

Swiss will grant asylum if Snowden testifies on U.S. espionage

Berne - Swiss media reports indicate Switzerland would grant asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden if he agrees to testify about foreign espionage activities within Switzerland.

Swiss train carriage plunges into ravine after landslide

Chur - A landslide derailed a passenger train in the Swiss mountains on Wednesday sending one carriage plunging into a ravine, but it appeared that miraculously there had been no deaths.

Swiss woman dies after falling into manhole in her back garden

Locarno - According to reports a 77-year-old woman was "tinkering" with a manhole in her back garden. Somehow she fell in and when authorities found her body protruding from the section it was too late to save her.

Suspect in Schumacher medical records theft hangs himself

Geneva - A man arrested this week suspected of involvement in the theft and leaking of a medical file on injured ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was found hanged in his cell Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Syrian stillborn child sparks Swiss border control investigation

An investigation has been launched in Switzerland into the case of a 22-year-old Syrian migrant who gave birth to a stillborn baby after being ignored by Swiss border authorities when she told them she was heavily bleeding and needed medical attention.

Crown Prince wraps up Swiss tour

Tokyo - Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has returned home to Tokyo after completing an official visit to Switzerland. The two countries are celebrating 150 years of peaceful diplomatic relations.

Hitzfeld's second half changes steer Switzerland past Ecuador

With both sides possessing exciting wide players, this match was always going to be played down the flanks. The midfield is filled with industrious players, whereas the creativity and pace lie within the wingers and fullbacks.

Op-Ed: World Cup 2014 - Teams capable of overachieving in Brazil

Over the past week, I’ve provided in-depth previews of the legitimate favourites heading into the World Cup, but the great thing about this sport is the element of surprise.

Highly radioactive substance found in Swiss dump: report

Evilard - A highly radioactive substance, emitting in some places radiation 100 times the permitted amount, has been discovered in Switzerland, local media reported Sunday, adding that authorities had covered it up for 18 months.

Scientists find compound to fight virus behind SARS and MERS

Geneva - An international team of scientists say they have identified a compound that can fight coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which currently have no cure. Coronaviruses affected the upper and lower respiratory tracts in humans.

Meet Whisper, the world's first BASE jumping dog (Video)

Whisper's owner is BASE jumper, rock climber and adrenaline junkie, Dean Potter. Potter takes Whisper with him literally everywhere, it seems, even when jumping off the Eiger mountain in Switzerland.

Swiss turn down world's highest minimum wage: pollster

Geneva - The Swiss have voted down the world's highest minimum wage, which would have offered workers in one of the world's most expensive nations at least $25 an hour, a polling agency said.

Huge yellow diamond sells for $16 million in Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva - A ring containing a rare 100-carat yellow diamond known as "Graff Vivid Yellow," was sold at auction in Geneva on Tuesday, fetching a staggering 14.5 million francs (or $16.3 million). Only one person was bidding on the piece.

German art hoarder left two 'complementary' wills

Berlin - The late German recluse who hoarded a priceless art trove, some of it suspected Nazi loot, left two wills, a court said Tuesday, adding however that they "complement each other".

EU edges closer to free movement solution with Switzerland

Brussels - The European Union edged closer Tuesday to resolving a dispute over Swiss immigration restrictions after Britain was given extra time to review EU proposals, an EU diplomatic source said.

Christie's to auction off world's biggest blue diamond

Geneva - The world's largest blue diamond will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the rare gem expected to fetch up to $25 million, auctioneers said Friday."The Blue", a shimmering pear-shaped rock the colour of cobalt and weighing 13.

'Credit Suisse subpoened in tax-evasion probe'

New York - A New York regulator probing Credit Suisse's role in enabling tax evasion has demanded a trove of additional documents from the bank, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

Nestle reports sales slump, blames strong Swiss franc

Z - The world's leading food industry group Nestle saw its sales plunge 5.1 percent in the first quarter, it said on Tuesday, blaming the effect of exchange rates and strength of the Swiss franc.

Glencore Xstrata sells stake in Peru mine for $5.85 bln

Lima - Glencore Xstrata is to sell its entire stake in the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru for about $5.85 billion to a Chinese consortium. The consortium is "owned 62.5 percent by MMG Limited, 22.

Nestle says chairman sick but will continue duties

Geneva - Swiss food giant Nestle said on Friday that its chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has been diagnosed with an illness requiring six months of medical care, but that he would continue his duties.

Setback for Haribo in battle with Switzerland's Lindt

Frankfurt - German sweets maker Haribo suffered a legal setback Friday when a court ruled that Swiss chocolate maker Lindt is not infringing on the patent of Haribo's "gold bear" jellies.

Immigration vote has cast shadow over Swiss economy: Nestle

Lausanne - Swiss-based food giant Nestle warned on Thursday that a vote to rein in immigration by EU citizens had cast a shadow over the Alpine country's economy.

Next generation solar plane unveiled in Switzerland

Payerne - The masterminds of sun-powered plane Solar Impulse formally unveiled their new aircraft Wednesday, a year ahead of their planned round-the-world flight.

New US tax-evasion probe against Credit Suisse: source

New York - Credit Suisse faces a new probe over its role in enabling US tax evasion, this time from a New York state regulator, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

Holcim, Lafarge announce merger into global cement giant

Geneva - Swiss cement group Holcim and French rival Lafarge are to merge creating a dominant supplier of cement for concrete to the global construction industry.

Holcim, Lafarge announce merger into global cement giant

Geneva - Switzerland's Holcim and French rival Lafarge announced on Monday that they have agreed to merge, creating the world's biggest cement company.

Swiss building provides refuge for the hypersensitive

Adliswil - No smoking, no perfume, no mobile phone use -- the list of rules at a newly opened apartment building on the outskirts of Zurich is long.
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Charlie Chaplin
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A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
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The Simplon  a paddle steamer dating back to 1920  on Lake Geneva  Switzerland.
The Simplon, a paddle steamer dating back to 1920, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
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Michel Morganella, right, a soccer player for Switzerland
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29  2013.
Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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Place Neuve, Geneva, Switzerland
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View over Chur, capital of Graubünden, Switzerland
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29  2013.
Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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The new fire hydrant tossing event held in Switzerland.
The new fire hydrant tossing event held in Switzerland.
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Horse meat was used by 2 Swiss restaurants for steak tartare
Horse meat was used by 2 Swiss restaurants for steak tartare
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UBS Zurich
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Lugano in Switzerland.
Lugano in Switzerland.
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Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
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Chaplin Museum in Le Manoir de Ban  a mansion in Corsier-sur-Vevey in the canton of Vaud
Chaplin Museum in Le Manoir de Ban, a mansion in Corsier-sur-Vevey in the canton of Vaud
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Hans Rudolf Merz, Switzerland's Finance Minister, during his giggle fit during a parliamentary speech
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29  2013.
Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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