Fifa officials arrested at Zurich hotel

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Under the astonished eyes of hotel staff at the luxurious lakefront Baur au Lac, six senior Fifa (international football federation) officials were led away by Zurich cantonal police early Wednesday morning. The ppolice were acting under orders from the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), which was responding to a US extradition […]

Geneva break-ins down, but some areas still prone

Spatial view, Geneva residential break-ins April 2015 (source: Geneva Police)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Break-ins around the Geneva area continue to fall, overall, but not all neighbourhoods have been spared, new police figures show. The figures for April are the lowest for this year, a turn-around from the first quarter, where burglaries rose slightly each month. Home break-ins were down 23.8 percent in April compared to […]

Swiss train schedule 2016: impact of railworks

The vineyards of Lavaux, seen from the Lausanne-Bern train

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Geneva-Lausanne will take 3 minutes longer, but Morges is being added back to the ICN stops; Grandson is connected to Lausanne; Geneva-St Gallen will be 18 minutes shorter with no stops between Winterthur and St Gallen; the Lausanne-Zurich ICN trains will be moved by 30 minutes, which will allow Yverdon/Neuchtael-Zurich trains to […]

WHO gets emergencies’ response reform

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Health Assembly over the weekend approved a programme to reform how the WHO responds to emergencies. A $100 million contingency plan to help finance in-field operations for up to three months is part of the package. The series of structural reforms will help the WHO “prepare for and respond rapidly, […]

News roundup: Cern, murder, gorillas, hockey kids

Mother gorilla Joas and baby, 21 May 2015 in Basel (photo: Basel Zoo)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Catching up after a bout of the flu picked up in Portugal; join me for my news roundup: Cern still has time for physics awe Cern made world headlines at the end of last week with its latest LHC news: the first particle-particle collisions at the new speed, an essential step as […]

The Islamic State (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2015 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International New York Times, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

Engineers of Victory by Paul Kennedy

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – Paul Kennedy in Engineers of Victory – The Problem Solvers who Turned the Tide in the Second World War looks at the Second World War from a different point of view from the one we are so accustomed to encountering. This is not about Churchill, Montgomery or ‘Saving […]

Cryptic Crossword No 260 by Guest Compiler, Artix

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Guest compiler, Artix has provided another of his very amusing cryptic crosswords. [More] …

The Death of Faith by Donna Leon

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – There are still a few Donna Leon crime mysteries I haven’t read or commented on and they make fine reading when it is grey and gloomy outside, since she invariably takes her reader into the flying spray of the police launch and the glorious lilacs of a Venetian […]

Gondo, Swiss-Italian hot spot this week

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police and border guards around Gondo, on the Swiss-Italian border, have had a busy start to the Ascension long weekend. Two speeders were caught, one in each direction on the Gondo-Brig road that goes over the Simplon pass. And two Italian men were caught entering Switzerland with more than 1,000 fake CHF5 […]