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How a music-box melody marked every Swiss Covid death

Geneva - Each day is marked out with a note to keep the beat, then the deaths come, sometimes in clusters of notes, other times in rising and falling scales. This is the sound of the pandemic in Switzerland, as imagined by Swiss journalist Simon Huwiler.

Swiss voters narrowly back 'burqa ban'

Geneva - Swiss voters on Sunday narrowly backed a ban on full face coverings in public places -- a decision hailed by supporters as a bulwark against radical Islam but branded as discriminatory by opponents.Official results showed that 51.

Swiss vote on 'burqa ban'

Geneva - Switzerland was voting Sunday on whether to ban full facial coverings in public places, despite women in Islamic full-face veils being an exceptionally rare sight in Swiss streets.

Swiss hold minute's silence for Covid victims

Lausanne - Switzerland held a rare minute of silence on Friday in memory of its coronavirus victims, a year after the country's first Covid-19 fatality.The silent commemoration was held at 11:59 am after which church bells rang across the country.

Palm oil row fuels Swiss vote on Indonesia trade deal

Zurich - Switzerland votes Sunday on a free trade deal with Indonesia but the agreement, which opens up a vast potential market, could slip up over the issue of palm oil imports.

Swiss to vote on 'burqa ban' plan

Geneva - Switzerland votes Sunday on whether to ban full facial coverings in public places, despite women in Islamic full-face veils being an exceptionally rare sight in Swiss streets.

Swiss spooked by using debt to prop up economy

Zurich - Germany, which is known for strict budgets, has tapped debt markets to prop up its virus-hit economy, while neighbouring Switzerland has consistently curbed borrowing despite calls to change course.

Risky flying caused vintage plane disaster: Swiss probe

Geneva - Risky piloting caused the fatal crash of a vintage plane in the Swiss Alps over two years ago that killed all 20 people on board, an investigation concluded Thursday.

Franco-Swiss cold war breaks out over ski border car park

Gingins - Switzerland and France are in a snowball fight over a cross-border car park which serves Swiss ski slopes but has been closed by the French due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Switzerland's timeless art mechanics embraces 3D future

Sainte-croix - In his snow-bound workshop, Swiss master Francois Junod's moving mechanical artworks whir into action: birds whistle, historical luminaries write poetry -- traditional craftsmanship newly recognised as being among the world's cultural heritage.

Diamond magnate gets 5 years in prison in Swiss corruption trial

Geneva - French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz was sentenced by a Geneva court on Friday to five years behind bars for corruption linked to mining rights in Guinea.

For Swiss preschoolers, democracy is child's play

Lausanne - Rather than playing house or building blocks, a few dozen Swiss preschoolers line up to cast their ballots in a vote that will shape lives in the make-believe village where they call the shots.

Swiss text sleuths unpick mystery of QAnon origins

Geneva - The mysterious "Q" behind the QAnon conspiracy movement, which was instrumental in the storming of the US Capitol, is in fact two people, according to Swiss experts.

Diamond magnate accused of telling tales at graft trial

Geneva - Diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz was accused of telling "tall tales" on Tuesday at his trial in Geneva, where he is accused of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Israeli magnate starts corruption trial in Switzerland

Geneva - The trial of French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz over corruption allegations linked to mining deals in Guinea opened in Geneva on Monday with judges rejecting his lawyer's demands for procedural changes.

Israeli magnate faces corruption charges in Geneva over Guinea deals

Geneva - After a drawn-out international investigation, French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz goes on trial in Geneva Monday over allegations of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Israeli magnate set for corruption trial in Geneva

Geneva - After a drawn-out international investigation, French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz will go on trial in Geneva next week over allegations of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Swiss get 24/7 fighter jet protection

Geneva - Switzerland will get round-the-clock airspace protection starting this week, the military said Tuesday, nearly seven years after the country was unable to scramble fighter jets to respond to an hijacking outside of business hours.

Swiss swift start on Covid-19 vaccinations

Geneva - Switzerland started its Covid-19 vaccine rollout on Wednesday, with a care home resident in her 90s receiving the first shot just four days after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was authorised.

US accuses Switzerland, Vietnam of manipulating currency

Washington - The US Treasury on Wednesday accused Switzerland and Vietnam of manipulating their currencies, partly to gain a trade advantage over American exports.

Art of watchmaking gets UNESCO heritage status

Zurich - The craftmanship of Swiss and French mechanical watchmaking on Wednesday won UNESCO intangible heritage status, casting the spotlight on an art practised for centuries in the Jura mountain region straddling the two countries.

Swiss deny China deal posed threat to dissidents

Geneva - The Swiss strongly rejected accusations this week that a deal allowing Chinese officials to enter Switzerland and interrogate Chinese nationals, which only recently came to light, put dissidents at risk.

Historic Liberia war crimes trial to open in Switzerland

Geneva - A former warlord will become the first Liberian to face a war crimes trial over alleged atrocities during the country's 1990s civil war when he goes on trial in Switzerland on Thursday.

Swiss to keep skiing through pandemic, even as EU eyes ban

Geneva - As EU countries debate a bloc-wide ban on ski holidays to curb coronavirus infections, downhill enthusiasts may be tempted to head to non-member Switzerland, where the winter season is well underway.

Swiss cheesed off over Covid threat to fondue conviviality

Geneva - As Switzerland contends with one of the worst coronavirus surges in Europe, the Swiss are gripped by one melting-hot question: is it still safe to share a fondue?

'Exhausted' Swiss doctors reel as second virus wave hits

La Chaux-de-fonds - No more room. Patients with severe Covid-19 infections fill all the 10 enclosed beds in the intensive care unit at this small Swiss hospital, but more keep coming."This morning, I was asked to take one more patient...

Swiss protests for health worker rights, against virus restrictions

Bern - Police stepped in Saturday to shield health workers gathered in Bern to demand better working conditions, after protesters against fresh virus restrictions tried to disrupt their demonstration.

Record-low snow accumulation on biggest Alpine glacier: study

Geneva - Swiss glaciers have continued to shrink at an alarming rate this year, while snow accumulation on the largest glacier in the Alps reached a record low, a study showed Friday.

Free movement at risk in heart of Europe as Swiss vote

Geneva - The Swiss were voting Sunday on limiting immigration from the European Union, which, while not expected to pass, has sparked fears a shock "yes" could devastate relations with the bloc.

Swiss vote threatens free movement in heart of Europe

Geneva - A Swiss vote Sunday on limiting EU immigration is not expected to pass, but fears abound that a shock "yes" could deal a fatal blow to relations with the bloc.
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The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau, Switzerland.
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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 Simplon, a paddle steamer from the "Belle Époque", sailing on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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A delivery rover developed by Starship Technologies.
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Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
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Trudging through heavy snow in 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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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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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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The new fire hydrant tossing event held in Switzerland.
The new fire hydrant tossing event held 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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Lugano in Switzerland.
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Chaplin Museum in Le Manoir de Ban, a mansion in Corsier-sur-Vevey in the canton of Vaud
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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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