Holiday news roundup, Thursday 5 September

Man sets himself on fire at UN, A9 drunk killer sentenced

geneva_tourist_jet_d_eau_220313GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A roundup of key news events today:

  • A man who set himself on fire in front of the main gate of the UN Palais building in Geneva at 01:00 Thursday has died. He was flown to the burn centre at the Chuv in Lausanne but he died of his injuries Thursday afternoon. Police are trying to identify him – anyone with information is asked to contact the nearest police station or to telephone +41 22 427 7510 Police found documents about Tibetan self-immolations and a portrait and symbol of a Sri Lankan Tamoul Tiger organization.
  • The 29-year-old Frenchman who killed a 24-year-old worker on the A9 autoroute in November 2011 was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison, with eight months that must be served. He was found guilty of manslaughter after the court heard that work colleagues had told him not to drive following a work party; his alcohol level was 2/1000. The legal limit in Switzerland is 0.5.
  • A second person has been declared dead following a fire in Oberried, canton Bern, at a fireworks factory. The body of the missing employee was found Thursday. Police are investigating the cause of the accident, which took place in an open-air space reserved for destroying used materials.
  • Wawrinka versus Murray live on RTS2: quarter-final of US Open
  • July was one of the brightest recent months for Swiss tourism: overnight stays were up by 4.4 percent compared to July 2012, with both Swiss tourist numbers rising, by 5 percent, and foreign tourists, by 4.1 percent.

Ed. note: Geneva is taking a public holiday Thursday 5 September and we’re taking two days off. Back to news as usual Monday.