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Swiss-based IT worker at Panama Papers firm released

Geneva - A Swiss-based IT worker arrested earlier this month on suspicion of stealing documents from the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal was released from custody on Friday, his lawyer said.

Solar Impulse 2 completes first-ever Atlantic flight

Seville - The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Spain Thursday after completing a 71-hour flight from New York in the first "magical" solo transatlantic crossing in a solar-powered airplane.

Solar plane powers on over Atlantic after turbulence

Madrid - The Solar Impulse 2 plane went through "a long night of turbulence" over the Atlantic, its weary pilot said Wednesday as he continued on the challenging leg of its sun-powered trip around the world.

Solar-powered plane more than halfway across the Atlantic

New York - The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft passed the halfway mark of its marathon flight across the Atlantic late Tuesday, one of the most challenging legs of its historic sun-powered journey around the world.

Elvis' gun licence to be auctioned in Switzerland

Geneva - Elvis Presley's gun licence, reported to be the only original document that includes all the legendary singer's fingerprints, will be auctioned in Switzerland in July.

Solar Impulse 2 begins Atlantic crossing

New York - The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft was flying over the western Atlantic Monday morning on one of the most difficult legs of its record-breaking bid to cross the globe using only solar energy.

AQIM sends proof-of-life video of Swiss hostage: SITE

Washington - Al-Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa released a new proof-of-life video of Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockly, who has been held hostage by the group in Mali since January, US-based monitoring group SITE said.

'Panama Papers' firm demands prosecution of suspect in Switzerland

Panama - The law firm at the center of the "Panama Papers" scandal says it expects the prosecution of a worker from its Geneva office detained on suspicion of stealing company documents.

Swiss central bank bracing for Brexit 'turbulence'

Geneva - The head of Switzerland's central bank warned Thursday that the Swiss economy could face turbulence if Britain opts to exit the EU in next week's referendum, vowing to "take measures if required".

IT worker at Panama Papers firm arrested in Geneva: report

Geneva - An information technology worker at the Geneva office of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, has been arrested, Switzerland's Le Temps newspaper reported Wednesday.

Pioneering solar pilots 'make sci-fi a reality'

New York - The Swiss pilot readying to cross the Atlantic in a solar-powered plane on the next leg of a record-breaking, round-the-world mission says he is making science fiction reality.

Swiss fighter crashes in Netherlands ahead of air show

Den Haag - A Swiss fighter crashed and burst into flames in the Netherlands Thursday after hitting another jet during a training session before an air show, officials said.

Swiss say 'no thanks' to basic income for all

Geneva - The Swiss on Sunday flatly rejected a radical proposal to provide the entire population with a basic income. Final results in the referendum showed 76.

The world's longest tunnel opens in Switzerland

Erstfeld - The world's longest tunnel officially opened on Wednesday, with the trailblazing rail passage under the Swiss Alps aiming to ease transit through the heart of Europe.

The world's longest rail tunnel, in numbers

Geneva - The world's longest rail tunnel, which runs under the Alps and took 17 years to build, is inaugurated on Wednesday. Here are four key numbers about the project, called the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT).- 57 -At a length of 57 kilometres (34.

World's longest rail tunnel sees light at end of decades' wait

Geneva - When Swiss engineer Carl Eduard Gruner came up with the idea to build the world's longest rail tunnel under the Alps in 1947, he predicted the visionary project could be finished by the start of the 21st century.He would turn out to be off by 16 years....

Muslim pupils must obey teacher handshake rule: Swiss canton

Geneva - Religious belief is no excuse for refusing to shake a teacher's hand, authorities in a northern Swiss region ruled Wednesday, reversing one school's controversial decision to grant exemptions for Muslim pupils unwilling to touch the opposite sex.

1,400 bottles of luxury Burgundy under hammer at 'unique' auction

Geneva - More than 1,400 bottles of "grand crus" from Burgundy's renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine estate will be auctioned off in Geneva Sunday in a sale expected to make millions.

Rare blue diamond aims for record price at Geneva auction

Geneva - A dazzling blue diamond once owned by mining magnate Philip Oppenheimer could fetch a record sale price Wednesday, with auction house Christie's hoping it tops the staggering $48.4 million mark set last year.The 14.

Swiss minimum income campaigners set 'Guinness' record with poster

Geneva - Campaigners for a minimum income in Switzerland set a Guinness Record for the world's largest poster on Saturday, as they sought support for the controversial proposal ahead of a referendum next month.

Explorer Mike Horn sets off on pole-to-pole challenge

Monaco - South African-born Swiss explorer Mike Horn on Sunday set off from Monaco at the start of an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in an unmotorised expedition.

Swiss mull extradition for Kosovan war crimes suspects: Report

Ginebra - Swiss authorities have arrested two Kosovans wanted by Serbia for suspected war crimes, but the question of where to extradite them to is stirring up diplomatic tensions, Swiss media said Monday.

Suspect in Cologne sex assaults caught near German-Swiss border

Ginebra - A key suspect in the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults in Cologne was spotted shoplifting in southern Germany and arrested across the border in Switzerland, authorities said Thursday.

Geneva rejects Turkish request to remove picture of slain teen

Ginebra - Authorities in Geneva on Tuesday rejected a Turkish request to remove an exhibition picture that blames President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the death of a Turkish teen injured during anti-government demonstrations.

Turkey asks Geneva to remove picture linking Erdogan to dead teen

Ginebra - Turkey has asked authorities in Geneva to remove an exhibition picture that blames President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the death of a Turkish teen injured during anti-government demonstrations, a Swiss official said Monday.

Switzerland halts citizenship process for Muslim students' family

Ginebra - Switzerland has suspended the citizenship process for the family of two teenage Muslim brothers after the boys' refusal to shake hands with their female teachers sparked a national debate over religious freedoms.

Outrage as Muslim pupils exempt from shaking female teachers' hands in Swiss district

Geneva - Male Muslim students at a school in northern Switzerland will no longer have to shake hands with their female teachers, following a ruling that was on Monday causing an uproar in the country.

Looted artefacts stashed by British art thief restored to Italy

Rome - Italian and Swiss police have recovered a haul of archaeological artefacts stolen from Italy and stored by a notorious British antiquities dealer, the culture ministry said Tuesday.

Swiss extradite Gambian suspected of killing American au pair in Vienna

Ginebra - Switzerland on Monday said a Gambian man suspected of murdering a 25-year-old American woman working as an au pair in Vienna has been extradited to Austria.

Swiss arrest 15 suspected Italian mobsters

Ginebra - Swiss authorities have arrested 15 people suspected of belonging to the powerful Italian 'Ndrangheta crime organisation, and are holding them pending extradition, the government said Tuesday.
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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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Lugano in Switzerland.
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
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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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A statue near a Geneva bridge
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Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
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The Gotthard Base Tunnel is opening on June 1, 2016.
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A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
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A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice
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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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Street art found on buildings in Geneva
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Horse meat was used by 2 Swiss restaurants for steak tartare.
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