Swiss adopts “2 in cockpit” rule following French crash

Swiss - happier passengers with allergies, more profits and electronic devices for the whole flight

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Airline Swiss said Friday it is increasing security measures by adopting the “two in cockpit” rule that European airline officials are recommending in the wake of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps earlier this week. The airline said in a statement: “Swiss has resolved to modify its already-extensive cockpit safety procedures […]

Breaking news: 1 dead, 3 injured in VS avalanche

Pigne d'Arolla from the east (source: Wikipedia)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One person has died and three others are slightly injured, following an avalanche Friday afternoon at Pigne d’Arolla in canton Valais, in the area of Evolène. They were part of a group of seven people, five ski tourers and two guides, who left the Chanrion hut, heading for the Vignettes hut Friday […]

Foreigners who love Swiss fresh cell therapy, beware!`

Fountain of youth, or less than healthy therapy: sheep cell injections

BERN, SWITZERLAND – “Fresh cell therapy” to counter aging or to fight diseases, has been a selling point for a number of private Swiss clinics, particularly along the Swiss Riviera. This may soon change, with federal health authorities cracking down on the business. Wealthy foreigners have been a lucrative market for the clinics, in particular […]

Alps Germanwings crash: live press conference

German co-pilot appears to have intentionally crashed plane GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – RTS is regularly updating from the live press conference with the Marseille prosecutor in charge of the Germanwings crash earlier this week, Brice Robin, in French. Details as they break from the BBC, Le Monde. Attention is now turning to understanding why the co-pilot, […]

Luna Classics Festival closes

Mounting the Luna structure near the old clock tower in St Prex during its first year, 2012

NYON, SWITZERLAND – The Luna Classics Festival, which moved from Saint Prex to Nyon in 2014, has closed, citing the unexpectedly high and continuing cost of mounting and dismantling the special structure that houses it, designed by EPFL. Nyon will seek a means to re-open the festival in 2016, but the event will not take […]

Lutry murder: Irishman confesses to killing wife

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – A 49-year-old Irishman has confessed to police that he inflicted some 50 stab wounds on his wife, 46, and killed her, Monday 23 March, in Lutry’s old town. The man, whose name will not be provided or confirmed by police, was hospitalized Monday after trying to kill himself, but he was released […]

S Italian bees threaten Swiss ones


BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss honey bees are under threat from a small beehive beetle that feeds on their larvae and honey, which is making its way north. The Swiss government Wednesday declared battle with the beetle, issuing a series of guidelines that make it illegal to import used material, hives or honey for hives from […]

Ebola, one year on (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.

Lutry: Irish man hospitalized after wife murdered

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The body of a 46-year-old woman, lying in a pool of blood, and her incoherent Irish husband, age 49, were discovered by police called to the scene of the woman’s murder, in Lutry Monday afternoon. A workman who was scheduled to do a job at Grande-rue 2, first floor, in the village […]

Lufthansa low-cost airline crash in French Alps

150 feared dead GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A Germanwings Airbus A320 with 144 passengers and a crew of 6 on board has crashed in a remote part of the French Alps, Tuesday morning. French President François Hollande and Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr say they fear there are no survivors from the crash of flight 4U9525 from […]