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Nuclear arms treaty faces collapse after failed US-Russia talks

Geneva - The survival of a key nuclear arms control treaty was cast further in doubt Tuesday after the US and Russia blamed each other for pushing the agreement to the brink of collapse.

Russia in 'material breach' of key nuclear treaty: US

Geneva - Russia remains "in material breach" of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the US said Tuesday, raising the prospect that Washington will follow through on threats to ditch the agreement over alleged violations by Moscow.

Disaster-linked losses in 2018 hit $155 billion: Swiss Re

Geneva - Losses from natural and man-made disasters are estimated to total $155 billion (136 billion euros) this year, down sharply from a hurricane-plagued 2017, the reinsurance giant Swiss Re said Tuesday.

Britain, Switzerland reach post-Brexit aviation deal

Geneva - Switzerland and Britain signed an agreement Monday guaranteeing that flights between the two countries can continue uninterrupted even if London opts to leave the European Union without a deal with Brussels.

Swiss president and two new ministers elected

Geneva - Switzerland's parliament on Wednesday elected the country's hardline finance minister to serve in the largely symbolic position of president next year, and also picked two women to fill vacant ministerial spots.

WTO to rule in more spats over US tariffs

Geneva - The World Trade Organization agreed Tuesday to hear complaints from Switzerland and India over US steel and aluminium tariffs, bringing the total number of such complaints it is reviewing to nine.

Swiss activate plan to defend stock market against EU threat

Geneva - Switzerland on Friday activated a plan to protect its stock market should European Union not renew the Swiss stock exchange's access to the bloc's single market.

Six dead in Switzerland apartment fire: police

Solothurn - Six people, including children, died when a fire broke out in an apartment building in the northwestern Swiss town of Solothurn overnight, local police said Monday."There were more than 20 people in the building.

Swiss voters back insurance company spying

Geneva - Swiss voters on Sunday approved a law that gives insurance companies broad leeway to spy on suspected welfare cheats despite concerns raised about right to privacy.

Swiss vote on insurance company spies

Geneva - The thought of a stranger filming you while you sit on your balcony or work in your garden is likely unsettling to most. But imagine if the snoop is a private detective hired by your insurance company to investigate whether you are a welfare cheat.

De-moo-cracy: Swiss farmer's quest to save cow horns goes to vote

Suisse - Concern over the cruelty of removing a cow's horns had not been one of Switzerland's most pressing political issues.

Veteran war crimes prosecutor urges reform of 'disappointing' UN

Geneva - Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who for years was part of a UN commission probing rights abuses in Syria, is calling for reform of the UN "talk shop".

Powerful Kuwaiti IOC member to be tried in Switzerland for forgery

Geneva - Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, a former Kuwaiti minister and one of the most powerful officials in international sports, has been charged in Switzerland with forgery, according to a corroborated media report Saturday.

Marie Antoinette's jewels up for auction in Geneva

Geneva - Marie Antoinette's diamonds and pearls, not seen in public for two centuries, go under the hammer in Geneva Wednesday in what has been billed as one of the most important royal jewellery auctions in history.

Rare pink diamond aims to make $50 million

Geneva - The Pink Legacy, an exceptionally large pink diamond, is set to go under the hammer at Christie's in Geneva next week, when it is expected to bring in up to $50 million.

'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.
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
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Horse meat was used by 2 Swiss restaurants for steak tartare.
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Journalist Skijoring with a Bentley in Gstaad, Switzerland
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Stage of Yodeling and Singing Festival, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver.
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A look down the tunnel.
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer dating back to 1920, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
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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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Lugano in Switzerland.
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The Large Hadron Collider building at CERN Switzerland - set for the low-budget horror movie, "Decay".
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A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice
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Yodelclub Niederurner from Switzerland on the stage of Yodeling and Singing Festival, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver.
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