UN urges Ebola exit screening

2014-08-18 21:27

The UN has urged Ebola-hit countries to start exit screening at airports, ports and major crossings.

Swiss train carriage plunges into ravine

2014-08-13 19:06

A landslide has derailed a passenger train in the Swiss mountains, sending one carriage plunging into a ravine, but it appeared that miraculously there had been no deaths.

Post-menopausal women unaware of osteoporosis risk

2014-08-11 09:27

Worldwide, an estimated 200 million women are affected by osteoporosis and with an increasingly ageing population this number is set to rise dramatically.

Schumi records suspect commits suicide

2014-08-07 08:48

The Zurich prosecutors' office said an executive of the Swiss helicopter rescue company Rega, suspected of selling Michael Schumacher's medical records, has reportedly committed suicide.

France defends UBS guarantee demand

2014-07-24 17:51

A billion euro guarantee payment demanded by French judges of Swiss bank UBS reflects the size of the fine it could pay if found guilty.

Schumi's wife: 'most difficult time' now over

2014-07-17 15:31

The "most difficult time" in Michael Schumacher's "struggle" is now over, wrote the injured Formula 1 legend's wife Corinna in a letter of thanks ahead of the 2014 German GP.

Heavy rain blocks Swiss railways, roads

2014-07-13 14:15

Heavy rain battering Switzerland has triggered landslides and flooding that has halted train and road traffic near the capital Bern.

Schumi scandal: Chopper company cries foul

2014-07-09 08:14

Swiss helicopter company Rega has filed a criminal complaint for the suspected leak of Michael Schumacher's medical files, reportedly on sale for the equivalent of R750 000.

Ineos buys BASF out of plastics joint venture

2014-06-30 14:43

Switzerland-based petrochemical firm Ineos has bought out BASF, the world's biggest chemicals group, for about $1.5bn.

For sale: Schumi's stolen medical records?

2014-06-24 08:02

Hospital records purported to be those belonging to Michael Schumacher have reportedly been stolen and have been put on sale for over R700 000.

Water sponsor 'to end Schumi deal'

2014-06-23 10:49

Michael Schumacher is out of intensive care and undergoing rehabilitation but one of his sponsors, a mineral-water brand, is about to shut down his sponsorship.

Schumie 'awake for hospital transfer'

2014-06-19 13:01

Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher was conscious and had his eyes open during his top-secret transfer.

Doctor: Schumi like any other patient'

2014-06-18 09:10

Treating Michael Schumacher is "business as usual" according to Richard Frackowiak, his doctor and chief neuro-scientist at the Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland.

Swiss to atone for killing of witch

2014-06-13 16:09

The Swiss town that ordered Europe's last execution for witchcraft will unveil a memorial on for the woman beheaded more than 200 years ago.

Swiss working with Egypt, Ukraine to recover assets

2014-06-04 21:34

Switzerland is working hard to prevent ill-gotten assets of corrupt leaders from reaching Swiss bank coffers and an international clampdown on tax evasion could help the campaign.

China regulator visits drugmaker Roche

2014-05-22 12:59

Swiss drugmaker Roche has been visited by a unit of China's anti-trust regulator, amid increasing scrutiny over business practices.

Swiss say no to world's highest minimum wage

2014-05-19 09:26

Swiss voters have rejected proposals to introduce the world's highest minimum wage and spend $3.5bn buying new Gripen fighter jets from Saab. .

Credit Suisse probed for irregularities

2014-05-14 15:17

Switzerland's stock exchange regulator says it has opened a probe into possible rule breaches by banking giant Credit Suisse.

Pakistan set for talks to return illicit money

2014-05-09 17:45

Pakistan is to hold talks with Switzerland on a new tax treaty in the hope of retrieving assets illegally stashed in the European country's secretive banking system.

Switzerland freezes Ukrainian assets

2014-05-05 10:02

Switzerland's federal prosecutor has frozen assets in Swiss bank accounts belonging to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich and people close to him.

Meet Simone - F1's next female test driver

2014-04-11 10:25

Female driver Simone de Silvestro will make her Formula 1 test debut with Sauber at the end of April.

Watchmakers woo women to boost sales

2014-04-06 12:38

Luxury watchmakers are rethinking their marketing strategies as a result of the financial crunch and top brands are now targeting women.

Injured Schumi to return home?

2014-04-02 13:13

Michael Schumacher could be moved from the French hospital in Grenoble to his home in Switzerland.

Swiss watchdog probes forex manipulation

2014-03-31 14:03

Switzerland has opened an investigation into several Swiss, British and US banks over potential collusion to manipulate foreign exchange rates.

Ex-banker could head Swiss regulator

2014-03-26 10:02

The Swiss government could be set to appoint a British-born former banker as the first non-Swiss national to head its financial regulator.


Swiss mayor suspended over nude selfies

2014-08-18 16:50

The mayor of the Swiss town of Baden, who is also a member of parliament, has been suspended following allegations that he sent nude selfies taken at work to a woman friend.

Swiss right-to-die society growing in numbers

2014-08-11 19:02

A Swiss organisation that helps people take their own lives and defends their right to refuse medical treatment says it has seen a higher number of applications than usual.

Estonia takes aim at Swiss over sanctions

2014-08-10 15:45

Switzerland is acting in its own self interest by not imposing its own sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, says Estonia's president.

UBS pays €300m to end tax row

2014-07-29 11:15

Switzerland's biggest bank UBS has settled a major tax evasion case in Germany and has agreed to pay a huge penalty.

Stem cancer-causing arsenic in rice limited

2014-07-17 20:20

Governments have agreed the first international standards limiting cancer-causing arsenic pollution in rice, a key move to protect consumers of what is a staple food for billions.

Poverty rate stubborn in rich Switzerland

2014-07-15 20:30

Switzerland may be one of the world's richest nations, but as many as one resident in 13 lives in poverty, shows official data.

Schumi's wife talks at last about Michael

2014-07-11 07:28

'It's getting better, slowly certainly but in any case it's improving,' the wife of injured Formula 1 veteran, Michael Schumacher, speaks publicly for the first time on his condition.

Scientists criticise Europe’s $1bn brain project

2014-07-08 12:45

Dozens of neuro-scientists are protesting Europe's $1.6bn attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste money and harm neuroscience.

Vaults may explain platinum price puzzle

2014-06-26 05:00

Prices were expected to soar during a record strike, but underground vaults could help explain the market's indifference to its biggest ever supply shock.

France crush sorry Swiss

2014-06-20 23:15

France have blown away in-form Switzerland with a three-goal first-half barrage en route to a thumping 5-2 SWC win.

Schumie 'awake for hospital transfer'

2014-06-18 12:06

Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher was conscious and had his eyes open during his top-secret transfer from a French hospital to one in Switzerland, Blick reported.

Doctors urge caution after Schumi 'good news'

2014-06-17 10:11

Oxford university neurosurgery professor, Dr Tipu Aziz, warns that Michael Schumacher will suffer ‘long-term side effects’, as motorsport personalities celebrate news that the former F1 driver is no longer in a coma.

UBS falls on FX fine research report

2014-06-12 15:44

UBS shares have fallen following a research report which says the Swiss bank could have to pay $8bn in fines and settlements.

Solar aircraft makes successful debut

2014-06-02 13:47

A sun-powered plane has made a successful test flight in Switzerland, clearing a vital hurdle towards its goal of a round-the-world trip next year, its pilot says.

UN seeks aid money from oil

2014-05-20 17:40

The UN is talking to oil-producing African countries about collecting a levy on every barrel produced to help the poorest nations improve public health.

Swiss voters reject highest minimum wage

2014-05-18 14:38

Swiss voters have rejected the introduction of a minimum wage of $25 an hour, according to an early projection by Swiss television.

Swiss raise eyebrows over minimum wage

2014-05-12 18:00

Swiss business leaders are shocked by a proposal to adopt the world's highest minimum wage amid warnings that it could hurt the economy.

No evidence of Russian pull back: White House

2014-05-07 19:51

The White House says that US officials have seen "no evidence" that Russian troops have pulled back from the tense border with Ukraine.

Nissan invents self-cleaning car

2014-04-25 08:46

Say hello to, one day, waking on a Sunday morning knowing you WON'T have to wash the family car or pay big bucks for a car-wash to do it. This Nissan's Note is self-cleaning...

Human supplement sparks longer life in mice

2014-04-09 12:03

An over-the-counter supplement designed to ease osteoarthritis has prolonged the lifespan of lab mice by nearly a tenth, scientists say.

US wingsuit diver dies after Swiss crash

2014-04-03 16:59

A US wingsuit diver has died after being seriously injured in an accident that claimed the lives of a New Zealander and a French champion last weekend.

Injured Schumi to return home?

2014-04-02 07:46

Michael Schumacher could be moved from the French hospital in Grenoble to his home in Switzerland.

Mind your own business - North Korea

2014-03-29 07:45

'Mind your own business', North Korea's ambassador has told the UN Human Rights Council moments before it voted to demand justice for Nazi-style atrocities in his country.

Groovy! Goodyear's tyres go radical

2014-03-11 13:25

Goodyear unveiled a radical SUV concept tyre at the 2014 Geneva auto show, claiming 'SUV efficiency without sacrificing capability’.

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