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Safe sex or no sex over Zika: WHO

2016-05-31 19:49

People who travel to Zika-hit areas should practice safe sex or have no sex at all for at least eight weeks to avoid sexual transmission of the virus, says the World Health Organisation.

Stoners planted seed for safer meds

2016-05-26 19:55

Swiss scientists have taken a leaf from the pothead recipe book to brew an e-cigarette cannabis liquid for medical use which they say is safer than a joint and better than a pill.

At least 16 injured in train crash in Switzerland

2016-05-21 11:49

Swiss police say at least 16 people were injured when a high-speed train crashed into a bus in Interlaken near Bern.

'Oppenheimer blue' diamond sells for record $50.6m

2016-05-19 17:00

A dazzling blue diamond once owned by mining magnate Philip Oppenheimer has fetched a record $50.6m at auction, auction house Christie's says. .

Rising air pollution in world's cities hurting millions - UN

2016-05-13 13:15

The World Health Organization says 98% of inhabitants in large cities of low- and middle-income countries are facing excessively high air pollution, which is on the rise in urban areas.

Handshake spat: Swiss halt citizenship process

2016-04-19 16:56

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 freedom.

Modigliani painting seized after Panama Papers leak

2016-04-11 21:08

A Modigliani painting allegedly looted by Nazis during World War II has been sequestered in Geneva after the Panama Papers leak uncovered the identity of its current owner, authorities said Monday.

Sexual transmission of Zika 'more common than thought'

2016-03-09 14:35

Sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than previously thought and there is increasing evidence that a spike in disturbing birth defects and neurological problems are caused by Zika, the World Health Organization says.

Geneva show: 10 of our favourite cars

2016-03-02 10:35

The 2016 Geneva auto show saw supercars battling for their share of the limelight. Check out some of the coolest cars at the show.

Swiss arrest Gambian suspected of killing au pair

2016-02-06 13:55

Swiss authorities say they have arrested a Gambian man suspected of murdering a 25-year-old American woman working as an au pair in Vienna.

 

Syria most dangerous place for health workers: WHO

2016-05-26 22:01

Syria is the most dangerous place for health care workers to operate last year, ahead of other conflict zones like the Palestinian territories and Yemen, the World Health Organisation says.

Switzerland: Muslim boys must shake female teachers' hands

2016-05-26 09:27

A school board in northern Switzerland says that two Muslim boys who have refused to shake hands with their female teachers for religious reasons can be required to do so.

Cash is king for Swiss

2016-05-19 21:01

The eurozone is scrapping its €500note out of concern over its popularity with money launderers. But Switzerland is making clear that it sees no need to kill off its own 1 000-franc bill.

Christie's auctions blue diamond, expects $39 million

2016-05-18 19:00

Christie's is putting under the hammer a fancy vivid blue diamond known as the 'Oppenheimer Blue,' estimated to fetch $39-46 million)

80% of world's city dwellers breathing bad air - UN

2016-05-12 13:38

Over 80% of the world's city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new WHO report warns.

Extreme snowboard champion killed in avalanche

2016-04-19 16:03

An avalanche has swept away two-time world extreme snowboard champion Estelle Balet to her death in the Swiss Alps, police say.

12 killed as minibus collides with truck in France

2016-03-25 09:35

Twelve people have been killed when the minibus they were travelling in collided with a heavy truck in Allier, central France, local authorities say.

Nigeria, Switzerland agree on Abacha loot

2016-03-08 22:16

Nigeria and Switzerland have announced an agreement to return $321m in public funds stolen by the former military ruler Sani Abacha.

Vintage steam train crashes in Switzerland

2016-02-21 17:32

A vintage steam-driven train has crashed into a parked train vehicle south of the Swiss city of Zurich.

Scientists urge world to stop killer robots

2016-01-24 10:30

The world must act quickly to avert a future in which autonomous robots with artificial intelligence roam the battlefields killing humans, scientists and arms experts have warned.

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