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Occasional news: is taking a holiday break for the next two weeks, with occasional news reports and features.

Travel alert: major rail disruption Bern to Geneva


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A technical problem appears to be behind disrupted rail service between Bern and Geneva, with service cut completely from Bern to Flamatt. Service will not be restored before 14:00 and it could be later, says the CFF on its rail travel updates page. Details at noon but check for updates. “Disruption: Bern […]

Assad will run for re-election

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©2014 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.  

Fatca letter for Americans now online


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you’re a “US person” for American tax purposes and you live in Switzerland you’ll have been waiting to see the form you need to sign, to give your Swiss bank the right to share data with the IRS. The Federal Tax Administration 22 April published the letter that will accompany the […]

Swiss falling in love with their own wines again


Special measures post-2011 large harvest BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss wines, in particular white wines, are suddenly all the rage at home, with total wine consumption for Switzerland rising in 2013 by some 10 percent, most of that due to higher consumption of Swiss wines. Sales and consumption of foreign wines fell by 4 million litres. […]

Search halted for 2 skiers missing since Friday


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A search in the mountains around Arolla, canton Valais, for two missing Jura men was called off late Monday for lack of any clues about their whereabouts and due to poor weather conditions, with heavy fog. The two brothers, ages 55 and 54, went missing Friday 18 April. The pair, very experienced […]

Basel vs Zurich, more fight than foot

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Bern’s city fathers are not happy following the football match between FC Basel and FC Zurich Monday evening – Zurich won 2-0. A heavy police presence following an agreement with the clubs and the Swiss Football Association to ensure their fans stayed in line before, during and after the final was a […]

Lancaster and York; The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Perhaps the most surprising information that I learned is that Henry VIII’s grandmother, a strong-minded and powerful woman, was married at the age of twelve and was six months pregnant with his father at the age of thirtee [More] …

Wawrinka wins Monte Carlo Masters

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – What a match, what a match. Tennis parties around Switzerland watched Sunday afternoon as canton Vaud tennisman Stan Wawrinka defeated longtime friend and nemesis from Basel, Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, in Monte Carlo. It was Wawrinka’s first time at the Monte Carlo Masters, a tournament that has always eluded Federer. […]

Happy Easter tennis-loving Switzerland!

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – We might be on vacation, but we can’t let this historic tennis match go unremarked: Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka, Sunday 20 April in Monte Carlo for the finals! The excitement in Swiss media is palpable, with the match making up for the duo’s disappointing performance in the Davis Cup. Wawrinka defeated […]

Missing person alert, Geneva (update)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The body of Anne-Claude Guerreiro-Maillard, age 50, was found, say police; she had been missing after she left home 9 April in the evening without returning. No further information is available and we have removed her photo at the request of Geneva police, out of respect for the family’s privacy.