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Switzerland virus cases top 10,000

Geneva - Switzerland on Thursday joined the small group of countries to declare more than 10,000 officially-recorded cases of COVID-19, as it launched plans to start tracking crowd build-ups through mobile phone data.

Top Swiss prosecutor has salary cut over FIFA case lies

Geneva - Switzerland's top prosecutor will have his pay docked after a disciplinary investigation found Wednesday that he lied repeatedly when questions were raised about his handling of a corruption investigation targeting FIFA.

New rape charges against Islamic scholar Ramadan

Paris - Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been charged with raping two women besides two others he was already facing accusations over, his lawyer told AFP Thursday.

US, German spies plundered global secrets via Swiss encryption firm: report

Washington - US and German intelligence services raked in the top secret communications of governments around the world for decades through their hidden control of a top encryption company, Crypto AG, US, German and Swiss media reported Tuesday.

Switzerland votes for law against homophobia

Geneva - Switzerland on Sunday voted strongly in favour of a new law against homophobia in a referendum in the face of strong opposition from the populist rightwing Swiss People's Party (SVP).

Switzerland divided over new law against homophobia

Geneva - For gay rights campaigner Jean-Pierre Sigrist, the new law being voted on in a referendum in Switzerland on Sunday might have stopped him getting beaten up four decades ago.

Trophy hunt of protected Alpine ibex sparks Swiss debate

Vex - A woman wearing a bright orange vest aims her rifle and on her second shot, a large Alpine ibex with majestic curved horns collapses in the snow.

Switzerland grapples with assisted suicide for prisoners

Geneva - A request by a convict behind bars for life is testing Switzerland's support for assisted suicide, raising complex questions over whether ill prisoners can seek help to end their own lives.

Socialist Sommaruga takes over Swiss presidency

Geneva - Cabinet member Simonetta Sommaruga of the Socialist Party took over the Swiss presidency on Wednesday, a largely ceremonial role that rotates between leading political parties.

Sri Lanka president says he is 'victim' of Swiss kidnap claim

Colombo - Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Thursday the alleged kidnapping of a Swiss embassy staffer which triggered a diplomatic spat between Colombo and Bern had been concocted to discredit his election victory.

Iranian and American freed in apparent prisoner swap

Tehran - An Iranian held in the US and an American held in Iran have been freed, the two sides said Saturday, in an apparent prisoner swap at a time of heightened tensions.

Iranian and American freed in apparent prisoner swap

Tehran - An Iranian held in the US and an American held in Iran have been freed, the two sides said Saturday, in an apparent prisoner swap at a time of heightened tensions.

At 50, Europe's oldest nuclear plant not ready to retire

Beznau - Europe's oldest functioning nuclear reactor, at Switzerland's Beznau plant, will turn 50 next week -- a lifespan deemed dangerously long by environmentalists who are demanding that it be shut down immediately.

French first lady forwarded Polanski rape accuser's letters to officials

Paris - French first lady Brigitte Macron forwarded two letters written to her by a former model who has accused Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski of raping her as a teenager to two members of the government, her office said Saturday.

Swiss vote in possible 'green wave' election

Geneva - Switzerland was voting Sunday in national elections that could see unprecedented gains for parties demanding bold climate action and a possible slip for the anti-immigrant right-wing.

Polls point to 'green wave' in Swiss vote

Geneva - Voter concern about climate change could trigger a "green wave" in Switzerland's elections on Sunday, possibly yielding unprecedented gains for parties that back bold action to protect the planet.

Swiss glaciers shrink 10 percent in five years: study

Geneva - Switzerland's glaciers have lost a tenth of their volume in the past five years alone -- a melting rate unmatched during observations stretching back more than a century, a study showed Tuesday.

Group behind Facebook's Libra coin announces 21 founding members

Geneva - The Libra Association, created by Facebook to launch its new cryptocurrency, has announced its 21 founding members after defections by previous supporters including Visa and Mastercard.

Poles with Swiss franc mortgages await key EU ruling

Warsaw - Like hundreds of thousands of other Poles, 42-year-old Piotr Zientala anxiously awaits a crucial EU court ruling Thursday on the legality of Swiss franc mortgages which could determine his financial future.

Swiss to auction 25 super cars seized from E. Guinea leader's son

Cheserex - A collection of luxury cars seized from Equatorial Guinea's vice president Teodorin Obiang Nguema will be auctioned off in Switzerland on Sunday and are estimated to bring in 18.5 million Swiss francs ($18.7 million).

Swiss hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier

Mels - Dozens of people dressed in black went on a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

Swiss to hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier

Mels - Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

Journalists investigating Russia targeted by cyberattacks: ProtonMail

Geneva - Reporters investigating Russian military intelligence have been targeted by highly sophisticated cyberattacks through their encrypted email accounts, with evidence suggesting Moscow was responsible, the email service provider ProtonMail and journalists...

Locked up for being different: Switzerland's 'dark chapter'

Geneva - A pregnant teenage runaway, a former foster care child, an adolescent boy raped by priests: for decades, these were the kinds of people Switzerland locked up as "undesirables".

Review: Switzerland wins nine medals at the 2019 European Games in Minsk

Minsk - As of June 29, Switzerland has won nine medals at the 2019 European Games, which are taking place in Minsk, Belarus, until tomorrow, June 30.

Swiss police fire water cannon, tear gas at Cameroon protesters

Geneva - Swiss police fired water cannon, tear gas and stun grenades at Cameroonian protesters outside UN headquarters in Geneva Saturday as the crowd surged towards a luxury hotel hosting Cameroon's president.

Geneva braces for large demo against Cameroon president

Geneva - Large numbers of police, many in riot gear, were posted outside a luxury Geneva hotel Saturday where Cameroon's president is staying, as protestors against his leadership began gathering nearby.

Tourist drowns in Lake Geneva during storm: police

Geneva - A woman has drowned in Lake Geneva when her sightseeing boat sank as a violent storm battered parts of Switzerland on Saturday, police said.

Swiss women to march for equal pay

Geneva - Women across Switzerland are set to walk off the job and into the streets Friday to demand wage parity, nearly three decades after staging the country's first nationwide strike for equal pay.

Swiss women strike for equal pay again, three decades on

Geneva - Nearly 30 years after staging a first nationwide strike for equal pay, women across Switzerland say they are preparing fresh action to push for wage parity next week.
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View across the lake at Crans-Montana
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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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View of the excavation site in the cemetery of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna to the west of Luxor
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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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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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Hans Rudolf Merz, Switzerland's Finance Minister, during his giggle fit during a parliamentary speech
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UBS Zurich
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Charlie Chaplin
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Huge choir of 285 members, conducted by Dubravko Pajalic, Yodeling and Singing Festival, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver.
The Gotthard Base Tunnel goes deep under the Alps and is the longest railway tunnel in the world.
The Gotthard Base Tunnel goes deep under the Alps and is the longest railway tunnel in the world.
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Schwyz with Lake Lucerne, Mount Rigi and Lake Lauerz, seen from Grosser Mythen (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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The Large Hadron Collider building at CERN Switzerland - set for the low-budget horror movie, "Decay".
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Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
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The Simplon  a paddle steamer from the  Belle Époque   sailing on Lake Geneva  Switzerland.
The Simplon, a paddle steamer from the "Belle Époque", sailing on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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