Latest migrant tragedy: only 50 survivors of 700

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The numbers are unconfirmed but clearly horrendous: at most 50 people seem to have survived the capsizing of a boat filled with what appears to have been 700 migrants in the Mediterranean. Italy’s prime minister Sunday night called on the European Union to hold an emergency meeting to find solutions to the […]

Crossword No 255 by Chalicea

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – If you prefer to work on the interactive version, click on this LINK. Across     1  Father, religious superior and Swedish singers (4)     3  Flat round pieces used in playing the game of draughts and official country residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (8)     […]

Montreux Jazz Festival unveils programme

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The names are out for the 49th Montreux Jazz Festival, 3-18 July 2015 (16 days, 105 concerts in the 3 principal venues). Quite a group of names this year:

Basel zoo gets CHF30m donation for environmental centre

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BASEL, SWITZERLAND – The Basel Zoo has been given a gift of CHF30 million for a 30-pools aquarium by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the zoo said Thursday morning. The money will allow the zoo to move ahead on a creating what it calls an educational environmental centre called the Ozeanium, for which […]

41-yr-old French skier dies at Diableret

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 41-year-old French man who lives in the Montreux area died Wednesday afternoon while skiing off-piste at Diablerets, says Vaud police. He hit two rock ledges and fell 300 metres to his death. He was declared dead at the scene by a Rega helicopter emergency team called to the scene at 17:00 […]

The Armenian 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.

Swiss air force retires Tigers after cracks found

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Only 26 to remain in service, Patrouille Suisse affected BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss air force will retire 10 of its fleet of 36 F5 Tiger jets after cracks were found. A year-long examination of the fleet that ended this week found that 16 of the planes had cracks. Six will be repaired, at a […]

Jogging accidents – more women than men hurt

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The number of people jogging has increased and, not surprisingly, so has the number of accidents. Some 9,000 jogging accidents a year cost the Swiss CHF30 million, mainly for treatment of injured Achilles tendons and other tendons and ligaments. New figures from the national safety council indicate that the number of joggers […]

Paléo lineup now out

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Headliners for the 20-26 July Paléo Festival are now out and include: Kings Of Leon, Robbie Williams, Sting, Robert Plant, Joan Baez, Patti Smith, David Guetta, Johnny Hallyday, Faithless, Calogero, Véronique Sanson, Charlie Winston, Ben Harper, Etienne Daho, Christine & The Queens. The full programme is on the Paleo site. Tickets go […]

TPG cuts back holiday-time trams, buses

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Voters in Geneva refused a hike in public transport prices in 2014, and their payback is a quiet cutback in the frequency of some bus and tram lines, reports the RTS public media company. The TPG in Geneva has not issued an announcement about the change, but has told RTS that in […]