Greeks say no to austerity (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.

Migros recalls possible salmonella item

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Migros is recalling mousse de sésame Tahin Alnatura/Rapunzel, as is the producer, after extensive tests by the company were not able to exclude salmonella contamination. Anyone with the product is asked to return it to the store.

Bern teacher builds a new Eiffel Tower

3D printer was given a true test BERN, SWITZERLAND – Bern teacher Gregor Luetolf decided to see if a 3D printer was really as good as reported before he turned his students loose on it. The result, as reported by industry newsletter 3D Print: a magnificent large-scale model of the Eiffel Tower, in French tri-colour […]

Two injured in separate truck crashes

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Yverdon A1 truck driver critical GENEVA, SWITZERLAND –  39-year-old Fribourg man is at the Chuv university hospitals in critical condition following an accident on the A1 autoroute between Yverdon and Lausanne in the early hours of Wednesday. A semi-trailer heading towards Yverdon crashed into the rear of the man’s truck, at 04:00, for reasons that […]

The Last Secret by Nicholas Bethel

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Anyone who is living under the illusion that the Second World War and subsequent events were a noble struggle by heroic British, French and Americans against an evil, murderous German regime should have this disturbing text on his shelf [More] …

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

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah with US Secretary of State John Kerry (left), in June 2014, in Saudi Arabia (photo, US State Dept)

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 […]