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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

Cypriot leaders to swap maps on unified island

Jan 12, 2017 - 8:20 AM

It will mark the first time since the eastern Mediterranean island was divided that Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders will have presented maps describing the borders of a reunified country

A man holds a sign calling on rival Cypriot leaders to find a solution during a peace rally by Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots inside the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia on January 10, 2017 as peace talks continue between rival Cypriot leaders in Geneva to find a settlement ending decades of division on the island. Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 11, 2017

Jan 11, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

US President Barack Obama speaks during his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on January 10, 2017. Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters shaken by Donald Trump's shock election. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm

Chinese president to headline Davos meet – WEF

Jan 11, 2017 - 8:53 AM

This year s World Economic Forum held in the luxury Swiss ski resort of Davos should be seen as a call for responsible and responsive leadership says founder

In this photo, China's President Xi Jinping looks on before meeting with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the Great Halll of the People in Beijing on December 2, 2016. Nicolas Asfouri/Pool/AFP

5 reasons the gold shipment complaint vs Aquino is a joke

Jan 07, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Wrong documents wrong dates wrong government posts are cited

In Perito and Cantora's affidavit, Mar Roxas is Secretary of Department of Nutrition and Local Government and Leila De Lima is Secretary of Department of Finance.

Swiss police say Muslim prayer hall shooter found dead

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED A man bursts into a Muslim prayer hall in the Swiss city of Zurich and starts shooting injuring 3 men police say

Ambulance and police cars are seen outside a Muslim prayer hall, central Zurich, on December 19, 2016, after 3 people were injured by gunfire. Michael Buholzer/AFP

World's longest tunnel begins regular service in Switzerland

Dec 11, 2016 - 8:40 PM

The 57 kilometer Gotthard Base Tunnel cost over 11 2 billion euros to build

OPEN. This file photo taken on May 31, 2016 shows an Italian train making its way at the north entrance of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world's longest train tunnel, on the eve of its inauguration in Erstfeld. Regular rail service through the world's longest tunnel began on December 11, 21016 carrying passengers deep under the Swiss Alps from Zurich to Lugano. The 57-kilometre (35.4-mile) new Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT), which runs under the Alps, was first conceived in sketch-form in 1947 but construction began 17 years ago. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Swiss reject speedy nuclear phaseout

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:30 PM

Voters in Switzerland thumb down a plan to close 3 of the country s 5 nuclear reactors next year

Two cars from the Swiss power production and distribution company BKW block access to the road leading to the Muhleberg nuclear power plant to prevent demonstrations near the Swiss capital Bern on November 27, 2016.  Switzerland is due to vote on whether to speed up the process of phasing out the country's nuclear power plants, in a move that would shutter three of its five reactors next year. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Swiss talks break down in blow for Cyprus peace hopes

Nov 22, 2016 - 11:07 PM

UPDATED Despite the failure UN chief Ban Ki moon remains hopeful that a deal can be reached this year and will personally support those efforts

PEACE TALKS. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci (L) faces Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades (R) next to Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Elizabeth Spehar (2ndL) and Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth (3rdL) during Cyprus Peace Talks on November 20, 2016 in Mont-Pelerin, Western Switzerland. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Cyprus peace deal hangs in the balance

Nov 20, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Seen by experts as the last best chance to reunify Cyprus the make or break discussions in Switzerland could lead to a multi billion euro deal or scupper prospects of solving one of the world s longest running political problems

Protesters and peace activists take part in a peace rally on November 18, 2016, in the northern part of Nicosia, in the self proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Birol Bebek/AFP

Fresh Syria talks end with no breakthroughs

Oct 16, 2016 - 8:25 AM

Talks in Switzerland between Washington Moscow and Syria s neighbors ended within hours of starting with no breakthrough on halting the violence ravaging the war torn country

AT THE TABLE. (L-R) Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry, Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Arabia FM Adel al-Jubeir, Qatari FM Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Iraqi FM Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif, Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu, Jordan's FM Nasser Judeh, speak together around a table during a meeting on Syria, on October 15, 2016 in Lausanne. Jean-Christophe Bott/Pool/AFP

New Syria talks to open in Switzerland

Oct 15, 2016 - 12:46 PM

With no let up in Syrian President Bashar al Assad s onslaught on eastern Aleppo the sides will look at how to revive the short lived ceasefire

NEW TALKS. Syrians walk over rubble following air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on October 12, 2016. Photo by Ameer Alhalbi/AFP

Malaysia's 1MDB scandal involved 'Ponzi scheme' – Swiss prosecutor

Oct 05, 2016 - 7:14 PM

The Swiss attorney general opened an investigation into the troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad 1MDB in August 2015 following allegations that some of the money allegedly stolen from the fund had passed through Swiss banks

A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Swiss army helicopter crash kills 2

Sep 28, 2016 - 8:02 PM

UPDATED The two pilots did not survive the accident the army spokesman says identifying the injured person as a flight assistant who was taken to a hospital

Swiss voters back new surveillance law

Sep 25, 2016 - 11:50 PM

Measures under the law will only be used to monitor the highest priority suspects especially those linked to terrorism

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Best practices: How other countries dealt with drug problems

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Portugal and Switzerland are two countries with a high rate of illegal drugs use in the 1980s and the 1990s How did they manage to turn things around?

'No indication' Swiss train attack was terrorist act – police

Aug 14, 2016 - 6:19 PM

Police spokesman Bruno Metzger says terrorism is not the main theory behind the attack which injured 6 passengers

Swiss knifeman sets fire on train, injures 6

Aug 14, 2016 - 12:20 AM

4th UPDATE We can neither exclude nor affirm that this was a terrorist act says Saint Gallen regional police spokesman Bruno Metzger

epa05480997 The train stands at the station following an attack onboard, in Salez, Switzerland, 13 August 2016. According to St. Gallen Canton Police Department, a 27 year old man dispersed flammable liquid on the train and set it alight during an attack on the train. He was also armed with at least one knife. Seven people were injured in the attack. EPA/GIAN EHRENZELLER

PH 'war on drugs' should draw lessons from other countries

Aug 09, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Is there another way to achieve the same result and make drug addicts or users surrender or cooperate with authorities without capitalizing on the threat of death?

Swiss say 'no thanks' to basic income for all

Jun 05, 2016 - 7:50 PM

3rd UPDATE Final results show 76 9 of Swiss voters oppose a proposal to give everyone in the country unconditional basic income

epa05346850 Silvan Gisler and Lydia Toth, two activists of the liberal democratic movement 'Operation Libero' fix some signs for the voting coming together in Bern, Switzerland, 05 June 2016. Swiss people vote in a referendum on five issues: a unconditional basic income for all, public service reforms, a law on prenatal genetic screening, a plan to speed up asylum procedures, and a proposal to boost road finance. EPA/MANUEL LOPEZ

Money for nothing? Swiss vote on basic income for all

Jun 02, 2016 - 4:00 PM

In a global first the Swiss will vote on a radical proposal to provide the entire population with an unconditional basic income

This photo taken on May 14, 2016 in Plainpalais place in Geneva shows a giant poster reading 'What would you do if your income was taken care of?,' setting the Guinness World Record for the largest poster ever printed. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

World powers meet to save Syria peace hopes

May 17, 2016 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED Headaches are likely to persist over the call for the Syrian regime and rebels to agree on a framework for a political transition

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) speaks beside of US Secretary of States John Kerry (R) during a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, southern Germany, on February 12, 2016. Christof Stache/AFP

Solar Impulse 2 resumes round-the-world flight

Apr 22, 2016 - 8:50 AM

The plane is expected to cross the United States stopping in New York before a trans Atlantic flight to Europe from where the pilots plan to make their way back to the point of departure in Abu Dhabi

AROUND THE WORLD. A handout picture made available through Global Newsroom shows team members working on the plane shortly before Solar Impulse2, a solar-powered plane piloted by Piccard, successfully took off from Kalaeloa Airport, O'ahu, Hawaii, April 21, 2016. Handout photo by Christophe Chammartin/EPA

The gift of language

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:30 PM

I find my mother tongue to be such an important part of my identity that I cannot imagine denying it to my own children

Syria sees 'no progress' at peace talks, blasts UN mediator

Mar 19, 2016 - 11:29 PM

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura does not have the right to put pressure on anybody and should not take anybody s side says a source close to the Syrian government

UN peace envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks with reporters in Damascus, Syria, 11 February 2015. Youssef Badawi/EPA

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Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria as peace talks start

Mar 15, 2016 - 7:59 AM

However hopes for a breakthrough at the talks remained remote with both sides locked in a bitter dispute over the future of Syrian President Bashar al Assad

NEGOTIATING TABLE. Syrian chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari, (L), Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of the Syria to UN New York, and UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura, (R), prior a new round of negotiations between the Syrian government and U.N., at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 14, 2016. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Syria rivals clash ahead of peace talks

Mar 13, 2016 - 9:48 AM

UPDATED It cannot start with the presence of the regime or the head of this regime still in power

A poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seen during a football game between Latakia's Hutteen and Hama's Taliya as part of the Syrian league at the Tishreen Sport City Stadium in Damascus on March 4, 2016. Louai Beshara/AFP

Assad ouster 'red line' for regime – Syria FM

Mar 12, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Walid Muallem also says that the government delegation to the Geneva talks due to start on Monday will wait no more than 24 hours for the opposing side to arrive

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. File photo by Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Swiss vote 'no' to automatic expulsion of foreign criminals

Feb 28, 2016 - 10:19 PM

UPDATED The poll comes at a time when many European countries are hardening their attitudes to migrants after more than a million arrived on the continent last year

People queue in front of a polling station at the central train station of Bern, Switzerland, February 28, 2016. Alessandro Della Valle/EPA

Switzerland votes on expelling foreign criminals

Feb 28, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Swiss people will vote whether foreign criminals should be automatically deported even for minor offenses

Nestle net profits plunge 39% in 2015

Feb 18, 2016 - 10:44 PM

But the world s biggest food and beverage conglomerate says its organic growth is good

epa05167609 Nestle's new CFO Francois-Xavier Roger speaks during the 2015 full-year results press conference of the food and drinks giant Nestle, in Vevey, Switzerland, 18 February 2016. Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drinks producer, overcame tough global economic conditions to post a full-year net profit of 9.1 billion Swiss francs (8.2 billion Euros) for 2015. EPA/LAURENT GILLIERON

Syria peace talks suspended

Feb 04, 2016 - 8:34 AM

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura: I won t talk for the sake of talking

TALKS SUSPENDED. Staffan de Mistura (C), UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, speaks to the press before a round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition, outside President Wilson hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, January 3, 2016. Martial Trezzini/EPA

UN tries to get Syria peace talks back on track

Feb 03, 2016 - 4:38 PM

Staffan de Mistura s brief is to coax the warring parties in a conflict that has killed more than 260 000 people into 6 months of indirect talks in Switzerland

UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura and the Syrian opposition members of High Negotiations Committee, HCN, wait for the start of a meeting, during the Intra-Syria Talks, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Foreign governments raise pressure on Malaysia over scandals

Feb 02, 2016 - 2:46 PM

Foreign authorities investigating suspicious global fund flows are making clear the 1MDB affair is far from over and that the net may be tightening

A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Top French-Swiss chef found dead in apparent suicide – police

Feb 01, 2016 - 10:22 AM

Benoit Violier s death is not however the first suicide of a renowned French chef in recent years while several others have closed their restaurants citing high levels of pressure

KITCHEN LEGEND. This file photo taken on May 15, 2012 shows Benoit Violier, chef of the Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville in Crissier near Lausanne, Switzerland. Marcel Gillieron/AFP