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Switzerland News

Syrian stillborn child sparks Swiss border control investigation

An investigation has been launched in Switzerland into the case of a 22-year-old Syrian migrant who gave birth to a stillborn baby after being ignored by Swiss border authorities when she told them she was heavily bleeding and needed medical attention.
In the Media by Madeleine French - 1 comment

Crown Prince wraps up Swiss tour

Tokyo - Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has returned home to Tokyo after completing an official visit to Switzerland. The two countries are celebrating 150 years of peaceful diplomatic relations.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami

Hitzfeld's second half changes steer Switzerland past Ecuador

With both sides possessing exciting wide players, this match was always going to be played down the flanks. The midfield is filled with industrious players, whereas the creativity and pace lie within the wingers and fullbacks.
In the Media by Tyrrell Meertins

Op-Ed: World Cup 2014 - Teams capable of overachieving in Brazil

Over the past week, I’ve provided in-depth previews of the legitimate favourites heading into the World Cup, but the great thing about this sport is the element of surprise.
In the Media by Tyrrell Meertins - 2 comments

Highly radioactive substance found in Swiss dump: report

Evilard - A highly radioactive substance, emitting in some places radiation 100 times the permitted amount, has been discovered in Switzerland, local media reported Sunday, adding that authorities had covered it up for 18 months.
In the Media by AFP

Scientists find compound to fight virus behind SARS and MERS

Geneva - An international team of scientists say they have identified a compound that can fight coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which currently have no cure. Coronaviruses affected the upper and lower respiratory tracts in humans.
In the Media by AFP

Meet Whisper, the world's first BASE jumping dog (Video)

Whisper's owner is BASE jumper, rock climber and adrenaline junkie, Dean Potter. Potter takes Whisper with him literally everywhere, it seems, even when jumping off the Eiger mountain in Switzerland.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Swiss turn down world's highest minimum wage: pollster

Geneva - The Swiss have voted down the world's highest minimum wage, which would have offered workers in one of the world's most expensive nations at least $25 an hour, a polling agency said.
In the Media by AFP

Huge yellow diamond sells for $16 million in Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva - A ring containing a rare 100-carat yellow diamond known as "Graff Vivid Yellow," was sold at auction in Geneva on Tuesday, fetching a staggering 14.5 million francs (or $16.3 million). Only one person was bidding on the piece.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 7 comments

German art hoarder left two 'complementary' wills

Berlin - The late German recluse who hoarded a priceless art trove, some of it suspected Nazi loot, left two wills, a court said Tuesday, adding however that they "complement each other".
In the Media by AFP

EU edges closer to free movement solution with Switzerland

Brussels - The European Union edged closer Tuesday to resolving a dispute over Swiss immigration restrictions after Britain was given extra time to review EU proposals, an EU diplomatic source said.
In the Media by AFP

Christie's to auction off world's biggest blue diamond

Geneva - The world's largest blue diamond will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the rare gem expected to fetch up to $25 million, auctioneers said Friday."The Blue", a shimmering pear-shaped rock the colour of cobalt and weighing 13.
In the Media by AFP

'Credit Suisse subpoened in tax-evasion probe'

New York - A New York regulator probing Credit Suisse's role in enabling tax evasion has demanded a trove of additional documents from the bank, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

Nestle reports sales slump, blames strong Swiss franc

Z - The world's leading food industry group Nestle saw its sales plunge 5.1 percent in the first quarter, it said on Tuesday, blaming the effect of exchange rates and strength of the Swiss franc.
In the Media by AFP

Glencore Xstrata sells stake in Peru mine for $5.85 bln

Lima - Glencore Xstrata is to sell its entire stake in the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru for about $5.85 billion to a Chinese consortium. The consortium is "owned 62.5 percent by MMG Limited, 22.
In the Media by AFP

Nestle says chairman sick but will continue duties

Geneva - Swiss food giant Nestle said on Friday that its chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has been diagnosed with an illness requiring six months of medical care, but that he would continue his duties.
In the Media by AFP

Setback for Haribo in battle with Switzerland's Lindt

Frankfurt - German sweets maker Haribo suffered a legal setback Friday when a court ruled that Swiss chocolate maker Lindt is not infringing on the patent of Haribo's "gold bear" jellies.
In the Media by AFP

Immigration vote has cast shadow over Swiss economy: Nestle

Lausanne - Swiss-based food giant Nestle warned on Thursday that a vote to rein in immigration by EU citizens had cast a shadow over the Alpine country's economy.
In the Media by AFP

Next generation solar plane unveiled in Switzerland

Payerne - The masterminds of sun-powered plane Solar Impulse formally unveiled their new aircraft Wednesday, a year ahead of their planned round-the-world flight.
In the Media by Agnes Pedrero (AFP) - 3 comments

New US tax-evasion probe against Credit Suisse: source

New York - Credit Suisse faces a new probe over its role in enabling US tax evasion, this time from a New York state regulator, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.
In the Media by AFP

Holcim, Lafarge announce merger into global cement giant

Geneva - Swiss cement group Holcim and French rival Lafarge are to merge creating a dominant supplier of cement for concrete to the global construction industry.
In the Media by AFP

Holcim, Lafarge announce merger into global cement giant

Geneva - Switzerland's Holcim and French rival Lafarge announced on Monday that they have agreed to merge, creating the world's biggest cement company.
In the Media by AFP

Swiss building provides refuge for the hypersensitive

Adliswil - No smoking, no perfume, no mobile phone use -- the list of rules at a newly opened apartment building on the outskirts of Zurich is long.
In the Media by Nina Larson (AFP)

'Holcim, Lafarge boards okay merger to create world's top cement firm'

Geneva - The boards of Switzerland's Holcim and French rival Lafarge have agreed to the merger of their companies to create the world's largest cement maker, Le Figaro newspaper reported Sunday.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Holcim in merger talks with Lafarge

Geneva - Swiss cement group Holcim announced on Friday that it is in merger talks with building supplies giant Lafarge.
In the Media by AFP

India drugs giant rejects Novartis patent accusations

New Delhi - Leading Indian drug company Biocon on Friday rejected allegations by Novartis that it infringed on the Swiss pharmaceutical giant's patent for its blockbuster diabetes drug Galvus.
In the Media by AFP

RBS poaches Credit Suisse banker as finance chief

London - Britain's state-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland revealed Friday it has poached Credit Suisse banker Ewen Stevenson, a key advisor in the group's vast bailout, to be chief financial officer.
In the Media by AFP

Marquis de Sade manuscript returned to France

Paris - The original scroll on which the Marquis de Sade wrote the draft of his novel on sexual depravity, murder and paedophilia "The 120 Days of Sodom" has been returned to France following years of legal wrangling.
In the Media by AFP

Novartis replaces top Japan executives over drug trial scandal

Tokyo - Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said on Thursday it was replacing the top executives at its Japanese unit over allegations the division hid serious potential side effects of leukaemia treatments from regulators.
In the Media by AFP

Geneva fair showcases all the inventions you need, and more

Geneva - His eyes hidden by sunglasses, the soft-spoken African gestured at the model camel on his table, its hump hidden by a mysterious contraption topped with a windmill.
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29  2013.
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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A frozen pond in Switzerland
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Schwyz with Lake Lucerne, Mount Rigi and Lake Lauerz, seen from Grosser Mythen (Switzerland)
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Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
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Sierre in Switzerland where the accident happened
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The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau  Switzerland.
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The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau, Switzerland.
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Trudging through heavy snow in Switzerland
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UBS Zurich
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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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Hans Rudolf Merz, Switzerland's Finance Minister, during his giggle fit during a parliamentary speech
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A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
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A fox has stolen around 100 golf balls at the Verbier Golf Course in Switzerland.
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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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Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
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Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
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Stage of Yodeling and Singing Festival, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver.
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View over Chur, capital of Graubünden, Switzerland
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The Simplon  a paddle steamer dating back to 1920  on Lake Geneva  Switzerland.
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer dating back to 1920, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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The Simplon  a paddle steamer from the  Belle Époque   sailing on Lake Geneva  Switzerland.
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The Simplon, a paddle steamer from the "Belle Époque", sailing on Lake Geneva, 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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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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