Bern, WEF sign “international body” agreement

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Economic Forum and the federal government signed an agreement Friday whereby Bern recognizes Geneva-based WEF as an “other international body” of importance to Switzerland as a host country to the United Nations and other international NGOs. The agreement provides the WEF with some support from Bern: “At its meeting on […]

Basel airport agreement reached

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French, Swiss sign deal in Davos BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Basel airport will remain in full service, following an agreement between France and Switzerland. The airport, which is an important centre for airline easyJet, had been at the centre of a dispute between the two countries. The new agreement calls for international operators to be taxed […]

Swiss franc: Migros lowers euro veg, fruit prices

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Largest supermarket calls on suppliers to cut prices GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Migros, the country’s largest supermarket chain, said Friday 23 January that it is lowering prices for fruits and vegetables that come from the euro zone, by 10 to 30 percent. It called on its suppliers to immediately adapt their prices to reflect the weaker […]

Federer bows out of Melbourne

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Italy’s tennisman Andreas Seppi broke his 10-game losing streak against Roger Federer early Friday morning Swiss time, at the Melbourne Open. ATP on its site writes: “In a stunning performance, World No. 46 Seppi recorded one of his greatest victories to knock out second seed and four-time former champion Roger Federer 6-4, […]

Saudi king dies

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Longtime links to Geneva GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Saudi Arabia’s KingAbdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 91, has died, succeeded by Salmane Ben Abdel Aziz as head of the world’s leading oil-producing country by his brother. Background story, AP news agency King Abdullah died in the early hours of Friday, local time. He had been hospitalized with pneumonia […]

Crossword No 243 by Chalicea

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Industrial city and port in southwestern England [Mor] …

Thieves pinch CHF10,000 from elderly woman

Money changed to euros 20 minutes later GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in Geneva have arrested a man and a woman, ages 26 and 32, who are accused of robbing an 85-year-old woman of CHF10,000 shortly after she took it out of a bank. The pair deny the charges. Police say the woman reported her loss […]

Swiss central bank: CHF100 b in January if peg not stopped

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss National Bank would have had to spend CHF100 billion in January alone to protect the franc, if its peg to the euro had not ended, a member of the central bank’s board told Swiss German media Blick. Fritz Zurbrügg told the magazine that in the days running up to the […]

WHO reports on why W Africa hit by Ebola

World Health Organization publishes 14 papers on Ebola GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organization this week is publishing 14 papers that together provide a good overview of Ebola, marking the first year since the disease made an extraordinary entrance onto the world stage, with a major flareup in West Africa. “The papers explore reasons […]

Men, take heart from the Seahorse

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BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Many of us fret over those post-holiday extra kilos, including men. In the colourful world of seahorses, this isn’t a problem. Female seahorses find the males with the biggest tummies the most attractive, so during the mating season, which is now, the males do their best to gloat about their bloat. You […]