Massive traffic mess in Sion after truck hits bridge

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A truck that was delivering material as part of the extensive roadworks on the A9 autoroute in Sion hit a bridge Monday afternoon at 15:00. The accident at the west exit in Sion, on the south side of the autoroute, took a chunk out of the concrete on the bridge, but no […]

Putin invading Ukraine? (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.

Geneva seeks easier way to return foreign prisoners

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The canton of Geneva would like to facilitate sending foreign prisoners, especially those from Morocco and Romania, back to their countries, it said in a letter to the federal government in Bern Monday. The canton is seeking to have Switzerland renegotiate the terms of a 2004 protocol to the Council of Europe […]

80% health costs linked to non-transmissable diseases

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The vast majority of direct costs for the Swiss health care system are related to non-communicable diseases, a study being released 1 September by the Federal Health Office shows. Pregnancies and preventive measures cost 5.3 percent of the total. Direct health care costs totalled CHF65 billion in 2011 and of this CHF52b […]

Obama challenged (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.

US jacks up cost of renouncing citizenship

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Americans, stay home! Save your government some dollars! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Those who’ve thought about it too long are going to find this a bitter pill to swallow: The US government has just issued a change in price for the cost of renouncing citizenship or giving up a long-term green card. US […]

Geneva to get blinking night stoplights

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva drivers will soon find it’s quicker and easier to drive through much of the city at night, with 42 of the 456 traffic lights shifting to blinking orange lights at night. Of these, 15 will change once buses and trams stop running while the other 27 will move to orange from […]

Green light for tax exchange negotiations

Parliamentary commissions ok tax talks, to review second language law BERN, SWITZERLAND – Two parliamentary commissions voted in favour of key measures Friday 29 August. The Foreign Relations of the upper house has given a green light to the ruling Federal Council to open negotiations on automatic exchanges of information for tax purposes with the […]

Nearly half of Syrians have fled home

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Number of refugees reaches daunting 3 million as situation deteriorates GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The news from Syria has been so dismal for so long that you begin to think the numbers can’t shock anymore, but they do: nearly than half of all Syrians have now fled their homes because of the fighting and the number […]

Prevention: tips for keeping your mobile phone safe

Crowded buses and trams are a favourite spot for pickpockets and thieves love cell phones - hold onto it tightly when out in public

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Vaud police, in their monthly newsletter, remind cell phone users (and doesn’t that include just about everyone now?) to be vigilant about locking the data a thief could find on your phone. Keep in mind that cell phones have been taken out of the hands of people using them, […]