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Novartis lawyer steps down over Trump lawyer payment

Zurich - Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis on Wednesday announced the retirement of its top legal expert, as he apologised for payments made by the firm to Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Novartis lawyer steps down over Trump lawyer payment

Zurich - Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis on Wednesday announced the retirement of its top legal expert, as he apologised in a statement for payments made by the firm to Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Kaspersky to transfer infrastructure out of Russia

Moscow - Russian anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Lab, which is suspected by US authorities of helping the Kremlin's espionage efforts, said Tuesday it was moving its core infrastructure and operations to Switzerland.

104-yr-old Australian commits assisted suicide in Switzerland

Geneva - A 104-year-old Australian scientist who travelled to Switzerland to end his life committed assisted suicide on Thursday, a Swiss foundation said.

104-year-old Australian breaks into joyful song as he awaits death

Basel - A 104-year-old Australian scientist burst into song Wednesday as he told a roomful of journalists that he was looking forward to finally being allowed to end his life.

Australian scientist, 104, to speak publicly before planned death

Basel - A 104-year-old Australian scientist, resentful that he was forced overseas to die, is set to address the media in Switzerland on Wednesday, a day before he is due to end his life.

'15 minutes' to end ETA's 60-year armed struggle

Geneva - It was a short-lived, somewhat chaotic scene in Geneva Thursday that marked the end point of nearly six decades of armed struggle by Basque separatist group ETA.

Death toll up to 8 after Swiss Alps storm: police

Geneva - A sixth person has died after a group of 14 skiers were caught up in a storm, police said Tuesday, after the bodies of two climbers were also found elsewhere in the Swiss Alps.Late Tuesday morning, "a sixth person died.

Six dead after Swiss Alps storm

Geneva - Four skiers and two climbers were confirmed dead on Monday and five others were in critical condition after being forced to spend the night exposed to the elements in the Swiss Alps, police said.

Australia scientist, 104, heads to Switzerland for assisted dying

Sydney - Australia's oldest scientist, who caused a stir when his university tried to vacate his office aged 102, will fly to Switzerland in early May to end his life, reigniting a national euthanasia debate.

Rape suspect Tariq Ramadan has multiple sclerosis: doctors

Paris - Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, in detention in France over rape allegations, is suffering from multiple sclerosis, but could be treated behind bars, according to judicial medical opinion.

Catalan separatist Rovira aims to rebuild life in Switzerland: report

Geneva - Catalan separatist Marta Rovira, who fled Spain last month to escape charges over the region's breakaway bid, said in an interview published Thursday she planned to settle in Switzerland for good.

German billionaire vanishes on Swiss Alps skiing trip

Geneva - The billionaire chief of Germany's sprawling Tengelmann retail group has gone missing while skiing in the Swiss Alps, the company said Wednesday, although searchers have not given up hope of finding him.

Glencore CEO quits Rusal board after US sanctions

Zurich - Swiss mining mammoth Glencore said Tuesday its chief Ivan Glasenberg had resigned from the board of Russian aluminium giant Rusal after it was hit with US sanctions and saw its share price collapse.

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan 'paid woman for silence'

Apo - The prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, detained in France over rape allegations, paid a woman to stay silent about their relationship in 2015, the Belgian judiciary said.

HSBC leaker Falciani detained in Spain at demand of Switzerland

Madrid - Spanish police on Wednesday detained Herve Falciani, a former computer analyst at the Swiss branch of HSBC who leaked documents alleging the bank helped clients evade millions of dollars in taxes, a police source said.

HSBC leaker Herve Falciani detained in Spain: police

Madrid - Spanish police on Wednesday detained Herve Falciani, a former computer analyst at the Swiss branch of HSBC who leaked documents alleging the bank helped clients evade millions of dollars in taxes, a police source said.

Three Spaniards die in Swiss avalanche

Geneva - Three Spanish cross-country skiers died after being engulfed by an avalanche in the Swiss Alps, police said Sunday.

Puigdemont says should have declared Catalonia independence sooner

Geneva - Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont said in an interview published Sunday that he should have declared independence earlier, as delaying the call hoping to start a dialogue with Madrid proved futile.

Four skiers feared dead after Swiss avalanche

Geneva - Four people were feared dead Saturday after an avalanche hit the Swiss ski area of Vallon d'Arbi, with one body already recovered and rescue workers searching for three others.

Swiss federal model could be option for Catalans in Spain: Puigdemont

Geneva - Catalonia's deposed leader said Wednesday that a majority of Catalans might accept being part of a Swiss-style federal system in Spain, an apparent departure from the separatist bid for full independence.

Third woman accuses Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan of rape

Paris - A third woman has accused prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan of rape, a month after he was indicted over claims he assaulted two women and remanded into custody, judicial sources told AFP on Wednesday.

Third woman accuses Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan of rape

Paris - A third woman has accused prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan of rape, a month after he was indicted over similar charges and remanded into custody, judicial sources told AFP on Wednesday.

Swiss vote for public media

Geneva - Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a proposal that would have cut taxpayer funding to public broadcasters, after a campaign that stirred debate about the media's role in fostering national unity.

Geneva airport reopens after snow forced shutdown

Geneva - Geneva airport has reopened after heavy snowfall lashing Europe forced it to suspend all traffic earlier Thursday, but the extreme weather was expected to continue causing widespread travel disruptions.

Protests as sanctioned Iran minister addresses UN rights meet

Geneva - Demonstrators gathered outside the UN in Geneva Tuesday and some diplomats left in protest over an address by Iran's justice minister to the rights council, despite facing Swiss and EU sanctions over rights violations.

Greek anarchists smash Novartis office amid bribe scandal

Atenas - A Greek anarchist group attacked the Athens headquarters of Novartis on Sunday, Greek police said, amid bribery allegations against the Swiss pharmaceutical giant.

Two shot dead in downtown Zurich: police

Zurich - Two people were shot dead in central Zurich Friday, police said, as media reported numerous shots had been fired in what appeared to have been a private dispute.

Two shot dead in murder-suicide in downtown Zurich: police

Zurich - A man shot and killed his companion in front of shocked onlookers in the heart of Zurich Friday before turning the gun on himself, police said.

French court denies rape-accused Ramadan's release

Paris - A French court on Thursday dismissed a bid by Tariq Ramadan, the prominent Islamic scholar detained on rape charges, to be released on health grounds, legal sources said.
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