A gift to handicapped children

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – This is a fine gift for any crossword enthusiast in the family and your present is a gift to children in need too. [More] …

Swiss win their first Davis Cup!

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland defeated France 3-1 to win the tennis world’s equivalent to a world cup, the Davis Cup. Roger Federer clinched it by defeating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 but Stan Wawrinki was at least an equal star in the tourament, playing steady, confident, winning tennis throughout. It’s the first time the Swiss […]

Sports: hockey’s crass clash, tennis’s cool win

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss sports results were mixed Saturday, from a social point of view. About the time that tennis men Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka was outplaying the French in the Davis Cup, Lausanne and Geneva hockey fans went after each other in front of the Lausanne train station. One person was sent to […]

Obama moves on immigration reform (Chappatte cartoon)

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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.

Cern launches Open Data Portal


2 new particles discovered, Cern says in busy week GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Cern on Thursday 20 November launched its Open Data Portal, making data from real collision events, produced by the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) experiments, openly available for the first time. “It is expected that these data will be of high value for the […]

Equal salaries at rail company

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – The difference between what men and women earn for equal work at the CFF/SBB rail company is 0.3 percent, well within the “tolerated difference” of 5 percent, the company says. The rail group decided in 2012 to take part in a national programme, “Equal salaries dialogue” that encourages companies and their social […]

Crossword No 235 by Chalicea

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Human Rights Watch raises record amount

The crowd raising a toast with flowers to Chinese artist and dissident An Wei Wei, in Geneva (photo, Paula Dupraz-Dobias, at HRW)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Human Rights Watch in Geneva Tuesday night raised CHF2.4 million, a record for fundraisers for the organization, worldwide, so far this year. Last year Geneva raised CHF1.4 million, putting it in third place behind London and San Francisco-Silicon Valley. An Ai Wei Wei (Chinese artist and dissident) plate sold for CHF145000 (estimated […]

Swiss Empa researchers among “top 100 thinkers”


Researchers immitate moths’ eyes for solar energy of future ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Artificial moth eyes could provide us with solar energy in the future, if work in this area at Empa continues to be successful. The researchers say their work is far from ready for industrial applications, but their work has just been rewarded. The […]

Body of missing youth found near gorges

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The body has been found of a 17-year-old Polish youth, Jakub, who disappeared while solo hiking 4 November, say Vaud police. He appears to have slipped and fallen into the deep waters of the Arnon river, near the Covatannaz waterfall at Vuiteboeuf. The area is particularly steep and the river quite deep […]