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Solar Impulse lands in China after 20-hour flight from Myanmar

Shanghai - Solar Impulse 2 landed early Tuesday in China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, completing the fifth leg of its landmark global circumnavigation powered solely by the sun.

Round-the-world solar pilot flies into Indian red tape tangle

Ahmedabad - A pilot who is trying to make history by flying a solar-powered plane around the world launched an angry attack on Indian bureaucracy on Wednesday after a lengthy hold-up in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.

Rain delays next leg of solar plane's round-the-world bid

Ahmedabad - Poor weather has delayed Solar Impulse 2's departure from India on the next leg of its epic bid to become the first plane to fly around the world powered solely by the sun.

Anti-IS fighter faces charges in Switzerland

Ginebra - A Swiss man of Syrian Christian origin who battled the Islamic State group faces charges after returning home, raising the issue of how Europe handles citizens fighting IS.

Solar plane completes first sea leg of epic round-the-world bid

Ahmedabad - Solar Impulse 2 landed in India late Tuesday, completing the initial sea crossing of its epic bid to become the first plane to fly around the world powered solely by the sun.

Solar plane lands in Oman after 1st leg of round-the-world bid

Muscat - The Solar Impulse 2 landed Monday in Oman, completing the initial leg of its bid to become the first solar-powered plane to fly around the world, an AFP photographer said.

Yoga, hypnosis prop up solar-powered plane pilots

Abu Dhabi - The power of yoga and self-hypnosis are being harnessed to prop up the endurance of the pilots of the solar plane which set off Monday on a first round-the-world tour.

Solar-powered plane begins round-the-world attempt

Abu Dhabi - A solar-powered plane set off from Abu Dhabi on Monday on a bid to make the first round-the-world tour, a marathon journey that will test its pilots' endurance to the limit.

Swiss firm sells camouflage nets to sanctions-hit Russia

Ginebra - Russia has acquired high-tech camouflage netting from Switzerland for a record 85 million euros, having placed the order before Bern imposed sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict, reports said Sunday.

Pilots set for first round-the-world solar flight

Abu Dhabi - The first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy will be launched Monday in Abu Dhabi, its pilots said, in a landmark journey aimed at promoting green energy.

Businessman charged with defrauding billionaire AS Monaco owner

Monaco - A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Death toll from weekend avalanches in Alps rises to five

Grenoble - The weekend death toll in the vacation-packed Alps rose Sunday when a man was killed in an avalanche in France, after four people perished earlier in a snowslide in Switzerland, police said.

Three Italians killed, two hurt in Swiss Alps avalanche: police

Geneva - Three Italians were killed and two were injured when they were hit by an avalanche while skiing in an area known as "Death Valley" in the Swiss Alps on Saturday, police said.

Six hurt as trains collide in Switzerland

Geneve - Two trains slammed into each other near the Swiss city of Zurich early Friday, tipping over carriages and injuring at least six people, police said.

Swiss raid HSBC in money laundering probe

Geneva - Swiss authorities on Wednesday raided the offices of British banking giant HSBC's Swiss unit as part of a money laundering probe into the bank that has been accused of helping clients to dodge millions of dollars in taxes.

Le Monde under fire from its businessmen owners over Swissleaks

Paris - Journalists at French newspaper Le Monde reacted angrily Wednesday to criticism from two of the paper's businessmen owners over its decision to publish the names of wealthy HSBC clients who dodged tax by opening Swiss accounts.

Swiss government presents bill to rein in EU immigration

Geneva - The Swiss government on Wednesday presented a bill for new quotas on immigration from the European Union, a year after voters narrowly approved such curbs and put the country on collision course with Brussels.

Da Vinci painting seized at Swiss bank

Rome - A hugely valuable painting believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci has been seized from a Swiss bank on the orders of Italian police who suspect it was moved out of the country illegally.

SwissLeaks whistleblower's tale worthy of a spy novel

Paris - Herve Falciani was once just an IT worker at a big bank, but since running off with hundreds of thousands of damaging documents from banking giant HSBC he has been alternately called a hero and a thief."He is brave. We have the highest opinion of Mr.

HSBC 'SwissLeaks' leaker urges more support for whistleblowers

Geneva - The man who stole the trove of secret files that sparked a global scandal over banking giant HSBC's alleged assistance to wealthy tax dodgers called Monday for more protections for whistleblowers.

HSBC 'tax dodge' revelations are just tip of iceberg, says leaker

Geneva - The former HSBC employee who leaked sensational secret documents alleging the bank helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes warned Tuesday that the revelations are just the "tip of the iceberg".

Death toll of off-piste skiiers in Swiss Alps rises to 11

Geneva - Eleven people have died in off-piste skiing accidents in the Swiss Alps despite repeated avalanche warnings over the past four days, police said Sunday.Nine skiers were hit by an avalanche on Saturday on the Piz Vilan mountain, of whom five died.

Swiss lose battle in currency war that could spread

Geneva - Historically neutral Switzerland's foray into the global currency war ended in defeat this past week after its central bank left markets shell-shocked by abandoning the franc's exchange rate floor, analysts said.

'Like Christmas': Rush to cash in on soaring Swiss franc

Geneva - "It's like Christmas all over again!" enthused Vanessa, as she joined a swelling queue outside a currency exchange office in downtown Geneva Thursday.

Abused in childhood, Swiss victims seek compensation

Bern - Beaten, forced to work, even sterilised -- victims of a brutal policy that saw thousands of Swiss children taken from their families and mistreated completed Friday the process to have their demand for compensation put to a popular vote.

'Bomb threat' causes delays at Zurich airport

Geneva - A bomb threat caused flight delays and the partial shut-down of Switzerland's main airport in Zurich before security forces gave the all-clear, reports and officials said.

Radicals rampage through normally tranquil Zurich centre

Geneva - Police fired tear gas and a water cannon in central Zurich late Friday to disperse some 200 masked demonstrators who attacked officers and torched cars, trees and garbage bins during an anti-capitalism protest.

Swiss ex-banker faints as trial over WikiLeaks leak opens

Geneva - A former Swiss banker fainted Wednesday at the opening of his trial for breaking Swiss bank secrecy laws for allegedly giving confidential data to WikiLeaks and German authorities, media reported.

Swiss escapes Philippine militant kidnappers

Manila - A Swiss man kidnapped by Islamic militants in the Philippines nearly three years ago escaped on Saturday after a fierce struggle with one of his captors over a machete and a frantic run to freedom under gunfire, the military said.

Man forgets scroll worth $1.25 million on train

We've all had the experience of forgetting something, be it a hat or a wallet, but one art collector has one-upped all those experiences by forgetting an art piece worth $1.25 million.
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