Delta cancels flights to Israel (update)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A number of airlines, including Swiss, have canceled flights to Israel after US airline Delta announced it was doing so for security reasons Tuesday afternoon. 22 July. It confirmed that a flight from JFK in New York to Tel Aviv was diverted to Paris after reports of missile fire close to the […]

Swiss, Chinese central banks sign currency deal

ZURICH – The Swiss National Bank and the People’s Bank of China Monday 21 July signed a currency swap agreement. In addition, the Swiss central bank has been granted a renminbi investment quota of CHF2 billion, the bank says, which will allow it to invest part of its foreign exchange reserves in the Chinese bond […]

Vaud to vote on dental insurance for all

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Canton Vaud voters will go to the polls to decide if everyone should receive dental coverage. A popular initiative to that effect, organized by the political left, gathered well over the necessary 12,000 signatures. The cost of the reimbursement scheme is estimated to be CHF254-355 million a year, according to RTS media. […]

Swiss banks in the news: names to US, CS loss

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss banks are back in the news this week, for several reasons. Credit Suisse announced Tuesday that it is posting a quarterly net loss of CHF700 million, the result of writing off a fine to US authorities. The bank was fined CHF2.5 billion in May and took a CHF1.6 billion write-off as […]

Paléo’s rain plans kick in


Montreux says rainy weather behind drop in attendance GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Paléo music festival opens in Nyon Tuesday evening and, with steady, drumming rain in the run-up and more on the way, the organizers have put their rain plans into effect. Rain was the sour note at the end of the Montreux Jazz Festival […]

England England by Julian Barnes

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Rather than use the term ‘satire’, Julian Barnes called this novel a semi-farce. It is certainly somewhat Monty-Pythonesque in parts [More] …

British woman, Swiss man avalanche victims

A loosened block of snow on the Zinalrothorn killed two climbers 19 July

Two more people die in separate alpine accident, near Zermatt GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The deadly weekend in the Swiss Alps continues, with news of a second avalanche Saturday that took two lives, and a motorcycle accident that killed a 19-year-old from Geneva. Police in canton Valais released information about the two people who died in […]

Nuclear negotiations with Iran go on

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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.

Two die in avalanche: 4 Alpine deaths this week

Avalanche in the Val d'Anniviers, above Lake Mouri, kills 2 and injures 4

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two people died early Saturday and four others are injured, following an avalanche in the Val d’Anniviers. Update: Police in Valais said Sunday morning one victim was a 40-year-old British woman who lived in canton Valais and the other a 50-year-old Swiss man from Valais. The group of six was climbing the […]

Matterhorn base camp opens (update 2)

Base Camp Matterhorn (photo: copyright Marc Kronig/Zermatt Matterhorn)

Update 2, photo gallery added GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Zermatt opened its new Matterhorn temporary base camp Saturday 19 July, to accommodate the stream of climbers during the summer 2014 climbing season while the Hörnlihütte hut is closed for a year for renovations. The base camp can handle up to 50 climbers and is being called “the […]