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At 50, Europe's oldest nuclear plant not ready to retire

Dec 05, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Commercial operation began at Switzerland's Beznau plant on December 9, 1969 – back when The Beatles were still together and a man had just walked on the Moon

This picture taken on July 9, 2019, shows a general view of Switzerland's Beznau nuclear plant near Dottingen. Europe's oldest functioning nuclear reactor, at Switzerland's Beznau plant, will turn 50 next week -- a lifespan deemed dangerously long by environmentalists who are demanding that it be shut down immediately. Commercial operation began at the plant in the northern canton of Aargau, near the German border, on December 9, 1969 -- back when The Beatles were still together and a man had just walked on the Moon. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

EU removes Switzerland, UAE from tax haven list

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The European Union says Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries which have implemented tax reforms

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Swiss to hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier

Sep 22, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Clad in black, the marchers will hold the 'funeral march' up the side of the Pizol mountain to the foot of the steep and rapidly melting ice formation

MELTED ICE. This handout picture taken on September 4, 2019 and provided by Matthias Huss, glaciologist at the ETH technical university in Zurich, shows the vanished Pizol glacier in the Swiss Alps, above Mels. Photo by Handout/ETH Zurich /Matthias Huss/AFP)

Health fears prompt Swiss 5G revolt

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Studies are underway assessing the effects of 5G frequencies on one's health, including one by the World Health Organization

ANTI-5G. Opponent of the deployment of antennas for the 5G mobile network service, Swiss Olivier Pahud, holds a placard reading '4G good enough' during a protest staged the four of each month in Geneva, on September 4, 2019. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss watchdog 'in contact' with Facebook cryptocurrency backers

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Given Facebook's international reach, global regulators are unlikely to leave supervision of the Libra cryptocurrency entirely to the Swiss

Swiss regulators fine banks over forex rigging 'cartels'

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan, MUFG Bank, and Royal Bank of Scotland are hit with fines totaling around $90 million

A logo is picture above a branch of Barclays bank in central London on July 25, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Eco-friendly countries to visit on your next trip

Apr 16, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Are you an eco warrior? You may want to add these countries to your bucket list.

Tens of thousands protest climate change in Switzerland

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:55 AM

'Save the climate please: It's the last time we ask politely,' reads one of the placards at the Lausanne demonstration

SAVE THE EARTH. Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against climate change on April 6, 2019 in Lausanne. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Strong Swiss gun culture faces EU pressure

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Switzerland has the world's 16th highest rate of gun ownership according to a 2017 report by the Small Arms Survey

A visitor checks a label attached to a rifle displyed during the 45th edition of the Arms Trade Fair, in Lucerne, on March 29, 2019. Switzerland, where gun culture has deep roots, has managed to avoid the charged national debates surrounding firearm ownership that have consumed other countries. But in a country where compulsory military service means that many are comfortable around weapons, voters might, in a May 2019 referendum, push back against gun reforms demanded by the European Union.  STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Aicelle Santos and Mark Zambrano's prenup shoot in Switzerland

Mar 22, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The couple get cozy in wintry Switzerland

IN LOVE. Aicelle Santos and Mark Zambrano in Switzerland. Photo from Instagram.com/niceprintphoto

1 dead after Swiss avalanche, rescue search paused

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:53 PM

(UPDATED) Four people have been reported as injured in the avalanche on February 19 at the Crans-Montana ski station in southern Switzerland

Geneva to ban religious symbols on public employees

Feb 10, 2019 - 10:57 PM

Critics claim the law will have an oppressive and discriminatory effect

World's 26 richest own same as poorest half of humanity – Oxfam

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:23 AM

'The super-rich and corporations are paying lower rates of tax than they have in decades,' and the result, Oxfam says, 'the human costs -- children without teachers, clinics without medicines –- are huge'

RICH GET RICHER. Oxfam said  This file photo taken on June 17, 2014 shows Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presenting the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, in Seattle, Washington. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the world's richest person on July 27, 2017, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Forbes magazine estimated. The magazine said its real-time tracking of personal fortunes showed Bezos with a net worth of $90.5 billion, ahead of the $90 billion for Gates. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / David Ryder

After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Cupping his hands around his mouth, the night watchman atop the Lausanne cathedral bell tower allows his voice to carry across the rooftops, just as his predecessors have done every evening since 1405

Marco Carrara, a replacement watchman, holds a lantern as he looks out from the Lausanne Cathedral bell tower, on December 17, 2018 in Lausanne. Every evening, the night watchman clambers to the top of the Lausanne cathedral bell tower and gets to work: he shouts out the time each hour, keeping a six-century-old tradition alive. The night watchman, one of the last in Europe, no longer alerts this Swiss city to fires, but he does help the residents to keep track of the time. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Federer wins record 3rd Hopman in dramatic fashion

Jan 05, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Switzerland rules the Hopman Cup for the second straight year as Roger Federer becomes the most successful player in tournament history

DOMINANT. Roger Federer sweeps Alexander Zverev in the the men's singles before teaming with Belinda Bencic in their winning mixed doubles pairing. Photo from Hopman Cup Twitter

Federer takes Swiss into Hopman Cup final, Serena completes sweep

Jan 03, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Switzerland stays on track of its title defense behind Roger Federer as Serena Williams sweeps her Hopman singles matches

STILL PERFECT. Roger Federer downs Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas to stretch his unbeaten run. Photo from Hopman Cup Twitter

Switzerland, Britain agree on post-Brexit citizens' rights

Dec 20, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The agreement preserves existing residency rights, social security claims and recognition of professional qualifications

Roger Federer claims 99th ATP title with 'crazy' Basel triumph

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The Swiss legend claims his ninth trophy at his home event

CHASING. Roger Federer will now aim for a 100th at the end of the season. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

U.S. tops global competitiveness rating, despite 'worrying' trends – WEF

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:46 AM

The World Economic Forum uses a new methodology for the 2018 edition of its annual Global Competitiveness Report to reflect shifts in a world increasingly transformed by new, digital technologies

World leaders to attend Kofi Annan's state funeral in Ghana

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo calls the funeral 'a major event for our country' and describes Annan as 'one of the most illustrious people of this generation'

KOFI ANNAN. Local chiefs, politicians and extended family members wait to pay their respects to Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a short illness, at the entrance of Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on September 12, 2018. Photo by Ruth McDowall/AFP

Swiss police confirm 20 dead in WWII vintage plane crash

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:20 PM

The aircraft, built in Germany in 1939, crashed into the Piz Segnas, a 3,000-metre (10,000-foot) peak in the east of Switzerland

Iran president in Europe to rally support for nuclear deal

Jul 02, 2018 - 11:52 PM

The tour, which also includes a stop in Austria, is part of Tehran's efforts to secure Europe's continued support for the landmark agreement aimed at preventing Iran from building the atomic bomb

ROUHANI IN SWITZERLAND. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) disembarks from an aircraft after his arrival at an airport in Kloten - Zurich Canton - on July 2, 2018, at the start of a two day official visit to Switzerland.  Photo by Ruben Sprich/AFP

World Cup 2018: The last 16

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Check out how the 16 teams rank ahead of the World Cup's knockout stages

STRONG START. Belgium (in red) downs England, 1-0, in their final group game to join Croatia and Uruguay as the only teams to win all 3 games in the group stage. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Kaspersky moves core processes from Russia to Switzerland to regain trust

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The company is working toward regaining trust on the global stage after the US government banned the purchase of Kaspersky software due to reported ties with Russian intelligence firms

ANTON SHINGAREV. Anton Shingarev, Vice President for Public Affairs and Head of the CEO Office at Kaspersky Lab, speaks at an event in Manila. Photo from press release.

Pope Francis seeks 'unity' with non-Catholics in Geneva

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Pope Franics is at Geneva at the invitation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which was created in 1948 and groups 350 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican churches from more than 100 countries around the world, with around half a billion believers among them

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis blesses children next to President of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset upon his arrival at Geneva Airport for a one-day visit at the invitation of the World Council of Churches (WWC) on June 21, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Tony Gentile/AFP

Brazil suffers first-night nerves in Swiss stalemate

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:11 AM

The Brazilians’ bid for a 6th World Cup gets off to a slow start as the favorites settle for a draw against the Swiss

CHALLENGE. Neymar (center) falls as a gritty Switzerland side keeps pace with powerhouse Brazil. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer still proving himself

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The 36-year-old Federer says, 'I also feel that I have less to prove today than in the past, but that doesn't mean I don't want it badly. I need to have that drive to be successful'

THE GREATEST. Swiss tennis player Roger Federer poses with his sportsman and comeback award trophies during the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony at the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex in Monaco on February 27, 2018. Photo by Valery Hacghe/AFP

Senate approves PH deal with European Free Trade Association states

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway will accord duty-free market access to all industrial and fishery products from the Philippines

Afghan man held after bomb threat near Bern station

Mar 03, 2018 - 8:38 AM

Two suspicious objects found in the man's possession are rendered harmless. There is no explosion or any injuries or damage.

UN Geneva staff plan work stoppage over pay cuts

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:35 PM

(UPDATED) It is still unclear how many of the 9,500 United Nations staff in Geneva are joining the strike on Tuesday, February 27

UN. The United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. File photo by AFP

Dodging bad headlines and boos, Trump tries to charm Davos

Jan 26, 2018 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) Trump's audience boos him when he strays off script during a brief question session after the speech with an attack on the 'nasty,' 'mean,' 'vicious,' and 'fake' press

TRUMP IN DAVOS. US President Donald Trump answers to journalists upon his arrival to address the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 26, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump takes 'America First' mantra to skeptical Davos elite

Jan 25, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Trump, who has made 'America First' the touchstone of his year-old administration, touches down in the Swiss city of Zurich aboard Air Force One en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos

TRUMP IN DAVOS. US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives on January 25, 2018 in Zurich en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Merkel warns 'protectionism not the answer' to world problems

Jan 24, 2018 - 11:14 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks a day before the arrival of US President Donald Trump, whose aggressive trade policies have raised concern among defenders of globalization

ANGELA MERKEL. German chancellor Angela Merkel addreses the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) on January 24, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Smoking iPhone battery forces evacuation at Zurich store

Jan 10, 2018 - 12:23 AM

'A shop assistant sustained minor burns while removing the battery that overheated,' a police statement says, adding that 7 others received medical attention but did not need to be taken to hospital for treatment

OVERHEATING IPHONE. The Apple logo is seen on the outside of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an event in San Francisco, California on September 7, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Switzerland expels French-Tunisian man over terror fears

Dec 17, 2017 - 12:31 AM

Federal police confirm their 'decision to expel a person who is facing (Swiss) criminal charges for participation in, or lending support to, a terrorist organization'

New digital piggy bank helps Swiss kids save

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:11 PM

The country s number two bank Credit Suisse shows off a piggy bank with built in apps allowing children under 12 to set savings goals check their balance and make payments

DIGITAL PIGGY BANKING. This handout picture made available on August 29, 2017 by Credit Suisse banking shows a digital piggy bank. Photo by Credit Suisse/AFP

Up to 14 missing after landslide in Swiss Alps

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:03 PM

UPDATED The landslide sends mud rocks and dirt flooding down the Piz Cengalo mountain into the outskirts of the village of Bondo near the Italian border

LANDSLIDE. A handout photo released on August 24, 2017 by the Police Cantonale des Grisons shows a partial view of the landslide in the Swiss village of Bondo on August 23, 2017. Photo by Police Cantonale des Grisons / AFP

Swiss chainsaw attack injures 5

Jul 24, 2017 - 9:36 PM

UPDATED The attacker has been identified and is believed to be on the run in a vehicle

Swiss couple found on glacier after 75 years buried at last

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:29 PM

The funeral is held in the church where the couple had attended mass before setting out on their trek in the Swiss Alps

FINALLY FOUND. This handout picture distributed on July 18, 2017 shows the mummified remains of a Swiss Couple who went missing 75 years ago and who were found in a glacier in the Diablerets mountains, in southern Switzerland. Glacier 3000/AFP

Swiss police confirm identity of couple found on glacier

Jul 19, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Switzerland s Valais canton says They are of Mr Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife Francine Dumoulin who disappeared tragically on August 15 1942

IDENTITY CONFIRMED. This handout picture distributed on July 18, 2017 shows the mummified remains of a Swiss Couple who went missing 75 years ago and who were found in a glacier in the Diablerets mountains, in southern Switzerland. Glacier 3000/AFP

Swiss couple found on glacier 75 years after disappearance

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:15 AM

The bodies of a Swiss couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago are found lying near each other in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland

FINALLY FOUND. This handout picture distributed on July 18, 2017 shows the mummified remains of a Swiss Couple who went missing 75 years ago and who were found in a glacier in the Diablerets mountains, in southern Switzerland. Glacier 3000/AFP

Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

May 21, 2017 - 11:10 PM

Switzerland will increase reliance on hydraulic power as well as renewables like solar wind geothermal and biomass

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 11, 2016 shows The Goesgen Nuclear Power Plant near Daeniken, Northern Switzerland.  ?Switzerland on May 21, 2017, votes on whether to overhaul its national energy policy, with proposals on phasing out nuclear energy and boosting reliance on renewables, in the latest referendum in the country's direct democracy system. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Which countries have the best healthcare?

May 19, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Of the 20 countries heading up the list all but Australia and Japan are in western Europe where virtually every nation boasts some form of universal health coverage

Pay cut for UN's Geneva staff a sign 'happy days' are over

May 17, 2017 - 12:12 AM

Some opponents of the looming Geneva salary cut say geopolitics may have influenced the decision

File photo by AFP

Swiss man suspected of abusing 80 boys in Thailand

Mar 10, 2017 - 11:46 PM

The man will go before the Gruyere criminal court on charges of human trafficking encouraging prostitution sexual acts with children and child pornography prosecutors say

2 killed in shooting at Basel cafe, 1 badly injured – Swiss police

Mar 10, 2017 - 8:34 AM

The reason behind the attack is not yet known and will be investigated says the the Basel prosecutor s office

UN-backed Syria talks restart with rebels on back foot

Feb 21, 2017 - 4:52 PM

Hopes for a breakthrough remain dim with the sides still deadlocked over Bashar al Assad s fate and violence on the ground persisting

A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent runs as he searches for victims following a reported government airstrike on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2017. Abd Doumany/AFP

Swiss back new citizenship rules in defeat for rightwing

Feb 12, 2017 - 10:45 PM

UPDATED Grandchildren of immigrants will now be able to skip several steps in the lengthy process of securing a Swiss passport

People walk by electoral posters of the comittee against the facilitated naturalization/citizenship reading "Uncontrolled Naturalisation? No" with the illustration of a woman wearing a Niqab, in a train station in Zurich, on February 7, 2017. The Swiss people will go to the polls on February 12, 2017 to vote on whether it should be easier for third generation immigrants to become Swiss citizens. / AFP PHOTO / Michael Buholzer / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Michael Buholzer has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [posters of the comittee against the facilitated naturalization] instead of [posters of the Swiss far-right party SVP]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

Xi says globalization here to stay as Trump readies for office

Jan 17, 2017 - 2:48 PM

3rd UPDATE China s President Xi Jinping uses his debut speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos to insist that globalization was irreversible despite a populist backlash in the West

'GLOBALIZATION TO STAY' China's President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the first day of the World Economic Forum, on January 17, 2017 in Davos. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Imelda Marcos snubs last day of trial for 1991 graft case

Jan 17, 2017 - 1:05 PM

UPDATED The former first lady is accused of creating private foundations in Switzerland from 1978 to 1984 when she was governor of Metro Manila

Former first lady Imelda Marcos, shown in this file photo at one of her son Bonbong's political rallies in 2016, is facing 10 counts of graft charges filed 25 years ago. Photo by Rob Reyes/ rappler