Switzerland votes on new national anthem

Six new songs vying for role as Swiss national hymn

Four languages, six versions shortlisted for online vote BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland is going to the polls, electronically this time, to vote on a new national “hymn”. The six songs shortlisted – out of some 200 entries – by a committee of seven judges are now online. Each one is available in four languages – […]

Sports: tennis, skiing, cycling

The final races of the Grand Prix Migros ski season for under-16s, le Crozet

Cancellara out, broken vertebrae GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sports roundup: Cycling Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara broke two vertebrae when he went flying last week during the E3 Harelbeke in Belgium after another racer suddenly braked. The injuries mean he will be out of two key races where he has dominated, the cobbled classics. His team hopes […]

Iran talks still going on in Lausanne

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The six countries involved in negotiating a nuclear power agreement with Iran are meeting together with Iranian representatives, with increasing pressure to find a preliminary deal as Tuesday’s deadline, in Lausanne. Few concrete details are coming out about the state of the negotiations, but an agreement is still not assured, Reuters reports, […]

Solar Impulse on hardest journey to date

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Shortly after 10:00 this morning Solar Impulse noted that pilot Bertrand Piccard was over fabled Chinese flower centre Kunming, en route from Mandaley in Myanmar to Chongqing. Piccard today is facing the most difficult challenge yet for the solar airplane on its round-the-world flight: 19 hours of flying time, 1,375 kilometres. The […]

Weather, A9 roadworks, accidents – slow start to Monday

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Students and workers suffered a slow start Monday morning as roadworks and weather, coupled with accidents, took their toll in Switzerland. Several parts of the country were swept by high winds, with Säntis recording gusts up to 141 kph, in central Switzerland. Heavy rainfall is predicted for the first half of the […]

Basel firm to become world’s largest duty free retailer (update)


BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Basel-based Dufry is slated to become the world’s largest duty-free retailer, travel business media are reporting. The Swiss company will hold a press conference this afternoon about its announced takeover of Italian firm World Duty Free. It is reportedly buying the 50.1 percent stake the Benetton family has in WDF, for €1.3 billion […]

The Germanwings tragedy (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.

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – it took on a new relevance in the recent furore created by devious means adopted by the British tabloid press to gain information. [More] …

Swiss adopts “2 in cockpit” rule following French crash

Swiss - happier passengers with allergies, more profits and electronic devices for the whole flight

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Airline Swiss said Friday it is increasing security measures by adopting the “two in cockpit” rule that European airline officials are recommending in the wake of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps earlier this week. The airline said in a statement: “Swiss has resolved to modify its already-extensive cockpit safety procedures […]

Breaking news: 1 dead, 3 injured in VS avalanche

Pigne d'Arolla from the east (source: Wikipedia)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One person has died and three others are slightly injured, following an avalanche Friday afternoon at Pigne d’Arolla in canton Valais, in the area of Evolène. They were part of a group of seven people, five ski tourers and two guides, who left the Chanrion hut, heading for the Vignettes hut Friday […]