Switzerland


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.

World's police pooling knowledge to fight jihadist threat

2016-01-24 07:24

Police forces around the world have taken measures to better share crucial intelligence to thwart jihadist attacks but technology can help them do far more.

Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans by 2050

2016-01-19 22:02

Plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to recycle the material.

US Swiss bank programme reaches $1bn in fines

2015-12-24 10:27

US officials have announced settlements with four more Swiss banks to lift the total fines in the two-year disclosure programme to more than $1bn from 75 banks.

7-day Yemen truce to begin Tuesday with Swiss talks

2015-12-15 10:18

The Saudi-led coalition say a ceasefire in Yemen will begin the following morning instead of at midnight as earlier announced, as warring parties prepared for UN-brokered peace talks in Switzerland.

Blankets cover glacier to halt ice melt

2015-12-12 16:50

From afar, the Rhone glacier looks pristine, but on closer inspection the surface is covered with blankets to slow the melting of the rapidly retreating ice.

 

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.

Presidency upbeat after Davos outing

2016-01-23 17:41

The South African Presidency welcomed investors after a “successful” World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Geneva reduces threat level

2015-12-28 22:28

Authorities in Geneva have lowered the terror alert level raised earlier following intelligence about a specific threat in the Swiss canton.

Swiss seek claimants for 2 600 dormant bank accounts worth millions

2015-12-16 19:04

For anyone who may have forgotten about their fortune sitting idle in a Swiss bank account, a list just published could be a must read.

Swiss confirm arrest of two suspects

2015-12-12 17:48

Swiss authorities say two people of Syrian origin have been arrested on suspicion of transporting "explosives and toxic gases".

Rossi ends appeal in MotoGP title-deciding case

2015-12-11 07:00

Valentino Rossi has stopped his legal fight against a race penalty which cost him the 2015 MotoGP title in November.

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