Swiss falling in love with their own wines again

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Special measures post-2011 large harvest BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss wines, in particular white wines, are suddenly all the rage at home, with total wine consumption for Switzerland rising in 2013 by some 10 percent, most of that due to higher consumption of Swiss wines. Sales and consumption of foreign wines fell by 4 million litres. […]

Search halted for 2 skiers missing since Friday

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A search in the mountains around Arolla, canton Valais, for two missing Jura men was called off late Monday for lack of any clues about their whereabouts and due to poor weather conditions, with heavy fog. The two brothers, ages 55 and 54, went missing Friday 18 April. The pair, very experienced […]

Basel vs Zurich, more fight than foot

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Bern’s city fathers are not happy following the football match between FC Basel and FC Zurich Monday evening – Zurich won 2-0. A heavy police presence following an agreement with the clubs and the Swiss Football Association to ensure their fans stayed in line before, during and after the final was a […]

Wawrinka wins Monte Carlo Masters

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – What a match, what a match. Tennis parties around Switzerland watched Sunday afternoon as canton Vaud tennisman Stan Wawrinka defeated longtime friend and nemesis from Basel, Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, in Monte Carlo. It was Wawrinka’s first time at the Monte Carlo Masters, a tournament that has always eluded Federer. […]

Happy Easter tennis-loving Switzerland!

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – We might be on vacation, but we can’t let this historic tennis match go unremarked: Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka, Sunday 20 April in Monte Carlo for the finals! The excitement in Swiss media is palpable, with the match making up for the duo’s disappointing performance in the Davis Cup. Wawrinka defeated […]

Missing person alert, Geneva (update)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The body of Anne-Claude Guerreiro-Maillard, age 50, was found, say police; she had been missing after she left home 9 April in the evening without returning. No further information is available and we have removed her photo at the request of Geneva police, out of respect for the family’s privacy.

Ukraine disarmament accord reached

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Six hours for the four parties to agree GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The four parties to the talks on the Ukraine crisis in Geneva took six hours to reach a decision for groups carrying illegal arms to give them up and to return buildings they’ve seized, as the first steps to defuse the crisis. Meanwhile, outside […]

Social media seize on Ukraine handshakes

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By Bob Evans GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – As the seemingly successful four-sided talks on the Ukrainian crisis got under way in Geneva on Thursday, Russia and the United States faced off on social media over how diplomats should behave. A photo on the Facebook page of the Russian Foreign Ministry showed its chief Sergei Lavrov apparently […]

Cyclist dies following Geneva accident

Witnesses sought GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man died in hospital Wednesday evening  in Geneva some hours after his bicycle was hit by a car. City police are looking for witnesses to help the investigation into the accident. A Portuguese man, age 58, was riding his bicycle near 31, rue du Chêne-Bougeries heading from France in […]

The Ukraine crisis Geneva pocket guide

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The actors have assembled in Geneva and the de-escalation meeting over the tense situation in eastern Ukraine is underway. Here’s your pocket guide. Who’s providing frequent  updates Aljazeera’s live blog on the crisis gives a good overview of latest developments outside the talks in Geneva BBC’s Ukraine crisis Guardian’s blogger Mark Tran […]