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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.

Performance and power to mark new models at Geneva motor show

Ginebra - From ultra-luxury sports cars to 4x4 urban conquerors, the Geneva International Motor Show opens Tuesday as gas guzzlers see their popularity rebound during the oil price slide.

Swiss reject proposal to expel foreign criminals

Ginebra - Swiss voters rejected Sunday a proposal to automatically deport foreign criminals for even minor offences, according to referendum results showing a majority of cantons opposed.

Widow of famed chef Violier to run restaurant after his suicide

Ginebra - The widow of top chef Benoit Violier, whose January 31 suicide shocked the culinary world, said she would take charge of her husband's celebrated restaurant, in an interview published Wednesday.

Star chefs turn out for funeral of tragic colleague Violier

Lausanne - Some of the world's most famous restaurateurs joined around 1,500 mourners Friday at the Swiss funeral of star chef Benoit Violier, who killed himself last weekend.

Wife reopens tragic chef's restaurant two days after death

Paris - The widow of top chef Benoit Violier reopened his acclaimed Swiss restaurant Tuesday, only two days after his apparent suicide sent shock waves through the culinary world, reports said.

Malaysia pledges to help Swiss probe as pressure on PM grows

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's attorney general promised Saturday to cooperate with a Swiss call for help in probing alleged massive corruption that has placed Prime Minister Najib Razak under severe pressure.

Danish plan to seize migrants' valuables 'despicable': HRW

Istanbul - Legislation agreed in Denmark to seize the valuables of refugees in the hope of limiting the flow of migrants is "despicable", US-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.

Jihadists claim kidnap of Swiss woman in Mali: Report

Nouakchott - Private Mauritanian news agency Al-Akhbar said Tuesday that it had received a video purportedly from the Al-Qaeda-linked Emirate of the Sahara group claiming responsibility for this month's kidnapping of Swiss woman Beatrice Stockly in northern Mali.

From Davos to Laos, another world tour for John Kerry

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry sets off on another tour around the world next week that will take him to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

As Danes debate, Swiss already seizing refugees' cash

Ginebra - As Denmark faces a barrage of criticism over its controversial plan to seize refugees' valuables, Switzerland has already been doing so for years, Swiss authorities said Friday.

German art experts defend slow progress on Nazi-era hoard

Berlin - A German task force investigating the provenance of a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard of hundreds of works said Thursday that only five had been proved to be looted thus far, and defended its slow progress.

Switzerland returns looted archaeological treasures to Italy

Ginebra - Switzerland has returned to Italy 45 boxes of ancient Etruscan art stolen during illegal excavations and stashed away for more than 15 years, including two rare sarcophaguses, authorities said Thursday.

French police station attacker made Swiss asylum claim

Ginebra - The man shot dead after trying to attack a Paris police station last week applied for asylum in Switzerland before being shunted back to Italy, Swiss police said Wednesday.

Swiss populist firebrand Christophe Blocher to step down: Report

Ginebra - The strongman of Switzerland's populist right, Christophe Blocher, will stand down in April, media reported Sunday, paving the way for a complete shake-up at the top of the country's biggest party.
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Schwyz with Lake Lucerne, Mount Rigi and Lake Lauerz, seen from Grosser Mythen (Switzerland)
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Yodelclub Niederurner from Switzerland on the stage of Yodeling and Singing Festival, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver.
Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
Kaeng Krachan elephant park at Zurich Zoo.
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Trudging through heavy snow in 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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Huge choir of 285 members, conducted by Dubravko Pajalic, Yodeling and Singing Festival, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver.
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The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau, Switzerland.
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Stage of Yodeling and Singing Festival, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver.
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Neuhausen am Rheinfall train station
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Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
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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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A frozen pond 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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A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer from the "Belle Époque", sailing on Lake Geneva, 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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