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Swiss savers shrug off negative interest

2014-12-19 16:00

Denise Anderegg has been happy enough about the Swiss National Bank's decision to charge banks for deposits.

'Bomb threat' causes delays at Zurich airport

2014-12-16 07:48

A bomb threat has caused flight delays and the partial shut-down of Switzerland's main airport in Zurich before security forces gave the all-clear, reports and officials say.

Unicef: Not a good year for children

2014-12-08 19:07

Millions of children have suffered under extreme violence, destruction and forced displacement in 2014, the UN Children's Fund says.

FF Plus takes minority worries to UN

2014-11-26 18:46
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The reopening of the land claims process and concerns about farm attacks in South Africa are among issues presented to the UNHRC forum in Geneva, Switzerland, the FF Plus says.

Family 'confident' of Schumi recovery

2014-11-13 11:22

Michael Schumacher's family remains 'confident' about his future, as his official homepage is reactivated to mark the 20th anniversary of his first F1 championship title.

Cough-drop coughing fit totals car

2014-11-13 08:45

A car driver crashed into a metal post, the car flipped and ended up inverted 30m from the impact site. The reason? A cough-drop stuck in the driver's windpipe...

Swiss pocket watch nets world record $24m

2014-11-12 08:45

A gold pocket watch made by Patek Philippe for a New York banker in the 1930s has fetched $24m at auction, smashing the record it previously set 15 years ago.

E-car hits 100km/h in 1.785 seconds

2014-11-04 18:42

A racing car designed and built by students in Switzerland has set a world record for acceleration in electric vehicles.

Ex-UBS exec found not guilty on tax cheating

2014-11-04 10:05

A former top banker, who headed global wealth management at UBS AG, was found not guilty in the US of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

Switzerland: ISIS suspects held over attack plan

2014-10-31 16:13

Prosecutors say three people suspected of supporting the ISIS group and thought to have been planning an attack in Europe were arrested earlier this year.

Federer thumps Goffin

2014-10-26 18:56

Roger Federer has defeated David Goffin in straight sets to win his 6th Swiss Indoors title at his hometown tournament.

Schumi latest: Doc sets recovery time

2014-10-23 10:25

Jean-Francois Payen, a doctor who treated Michael Schumacher after his catastrophic skiing fall, believes the former F1 driver could recover within three years.

Swiss business urges dialogue on immigration

2014-10-12 19:00

Switzerland's business elite has published an appeal to save the country's accords with the EU from unravelling due to a vote to curb immigration from the bloc.

Swiss bank UBS starts FX settlement talks

2014-09-29 12:30

Switzerland's UBS has begun settlement talks over allegations it had been involved in manipulating foreign exchange rates, says the bank.

Weak growth hurting European hiring

2014-09-24 15:06

The world's largest temporary work agency has warned that economic uncertainty in Europe means companies are hiring fewer employees.

Schumi at home for 'emotional stimulation'

2014-09-15 09:55

Michael Schumacher is being treated at home by a medical team numbering about 15, reports German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Switzerland win semis

2014-09-14 15:23

Roger Federer has beaten Fabio Fognini to give Switzerland winning 3-1 lead over Italy in Davis Cup semifinal.

Police enforce calm around Schumi home

2014-09-11 14:34

Former Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher is back at his home in Switzerland, but his peaceful surroundings are buzzing with media. Local police have stepped in to assist.

UPDATE: Schumi back home at last

2014-09-09 16:29

Michael Schumacher, in hospital since a skiing fall in December 2013, has at last been allowed to go home for further recuperation.

Swiss private bank makes history with results

2014-08-28 12:30

Swiss private bank Lombard Odier has published first results since its foundation as the ultra-discreet sector puts its books in the spotlight.

Metering device helps shame heavy shower users

2014-08-26 08:00

A polar-bear figure that seems to melt when a bathroom user has spent too much time in the shower could help cut consumption of water and energy, researchers at Bamberg University argue.

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.

 

$113bn damage caused by disasters - report

2014-12-17 17:00

Extreme weather and other natural and man-made disasters have caused losses of more than $70bn so far this year, says a Swiss company.

Swiss man returns home after Philippines hostage ordeal

2014-12-12 18:32

A Swiss man who escaped from Islamic militants in the Philippines described the moment he decided he could not spend a third Christmas in captivity, as he returned home to Zurich.

Vettel, Raikkonen Swiss rich cheeses

2014-12-08 11:27

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have been named among the mega-rich of Switzerland. However, their millions have nothing on neighbours Michael Schumacher and Bernie Ecclestone.

Ban the cowbell? Swiss farmers say utter nonsense

2014-11-14 05:00

Holy cow! A Swiss university has sparked ire by suggesting that cowbells - as emblematic of the Alpine country as chocolates, watches and Heidi - should be banned.

Schumi's homepage is back online

2014-11-13 08:45

Michael Schumacher's homepage is being reactivated to mark the 20th anniversary of his first F1 championship title.

Blue Belle sets new world record

2014-11-12 18:16

A sapphire known as the Blue Belle of Asia has set a new world record after selling for more than $17m at a rare jewellery auction.

WHO advocates anti-overdose drugs

2014-11-04 20:23

A powerful drug that can counter the effects of overdose should be made widely available in order to reduce deaths among users of substances such as heroin, the World Health Organisation says.

Five die as shooting dramas rock Switzerland

2014-11-04 11:55

Five people have been fatally shot and a man was seriously injured as two unrelated shooting dramas rocked normally placid Switzerland.

Schumi's home nursing: R1.7m A WEEK!

2014-11-03 10:13

Corinna Schumacher is spending R1.7-million A WEEK on husband and ex-F1 driver Michael Schumacher's home nursing but ex-F1 doctor Gary Hartstein doubts it is doing any good.

Novartis profits from emerging markets

2014-10-28 13:36

Swiss pharmaceutical group Novartis has reported that its net profit has risen in the third quarter, on the back of growing business in emerging economies.

Schumi: Doctor says 'progress made'

2014-10-24 19:18

A doctor who has been treating brain-damaged Michael Schumacher says the ex-F1 driver has 'made progress' and 'is not vegetative' at his home near Lake Geneva.

Hitler cream strikes sour note for Swiss

2014-10-22 20:56

Swiss retailer Migros has apologised for putting cream capsules with the faces of Hitler and Mussolini on them in cafes in the Alpine country.

EU clears Novartis plan to sell animal health

2014-10-03 14:00

EU regulators have cleared the proposed sale of the animal health business of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis to US group Eli Lilly.

Edelweiss Air heading to SA again

2014-09-26 17:26

Swiss leisure airline Edelweiss has decided to increase its seasonal non-stop flights between Cape Town and Zurich from two to three weekly frequencies.

Man bitten by Ebola patient flown to Switzerland

2014-09-22 19:31

Swiss authorities say a male nurse who was bitten by an Ebola patient while working in West Africa has been flown to Switzerland as a precaution.

Swiss watchmakers not excited about Apple Watch

2014-09-14 16:22

Apple may be known for revolutionising the world of music and mobile phones, but Switzerland's centuries-old luxury watchmakers are unimpressed.

International diamond thief nabbed

2014-09-13 07:00

A suspected jewellery thief accused of stealing diamonds worth millions of dollars has been arrested in Switzerland, Interpol says.

Greenhouse gases hit new high

2014-09-09 18:44

Surging carbon dioxide levels have boosted greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to a new high in 2013, amid worrying signs that absorption by land and sea is waning.

Infiniti Q70 supersedan 'enhanced' for '15

2014-09-03 11:39

South Africa already has the Infiniti Q70 - and a stunning car it is - but just launched in Rolle, Switzerland, is an update with aesthetic changes, better suspension and a new engine.

Swiss private banks to lift veil on results

2014-08-26 09:20

In a revolutionary move, Swiss private banks are set to announce their results after a radical business model shift amid tougher international regulations.

One dead in Swiss mosque shooting

2014-08-22 21:38

One person has been killed in a shooting in the prayer hall of a Swiss mosque.

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.

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