Long holiday weekend for most Swiss

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva is the exception to what will be a three-day weekend for many western Swiss cantons: the Jeûne fédéral holiday is Monday. Despite its name, this is not a national holiday, but one observed by a number of cantons. It began as a day of fasting 350 years ago in canton Aargau […]

IP decisions: Google and Napster happy winners

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Google is a company, not a verb – unless you mean to google using Google. Thus spoke the US District Court for Arizona,  this week, Geneva-based IP Watch reports. The decision came in a case involving a couple who had registered 763 domain names that all included the word “google”. The court […]

Available housing leaps by 14% – but only 1% of total

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Available housing in Switzerland rose by 14 percent in June, compared to a year earlier, when 5,740 housing units more were on the market. The change sounds impressive in this very tight market – until you see that it represents only 1.08 percent of total housing in Switzerland.

Int’l jewel thief caught in Zurich

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – An alert Zurich jewelry store employee Friday recognized a 46-year-old Chinese man from Interpol’s red list and contacted police immediately. The man was arrested and now faces extradition to Bahrain where he is wanted on charges of stealing a $1.5 million diamond ring. Interpol’s statement after his arrest notes that JM “is […]

Forward march! Le Temps shifts gears (update)

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It all happened very quickly, once Comco, the competition authority, gave the final approval for publishing house Ringier to take over Le Temps, the quality newspaper in French-speaking Switzerland. Tuesday the managing editor and editor-in-chief, Valérie Boagno and Pierre Veya, quit. Wednesday, Stéphane Benoit Godet, currently editor-in-chief of Bilan news magazine, was […]

News roundup: UNHRC boss, designer, cow attacks, Jungfraubahn

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The new UN Human Rights Commissioner stepped into office this week: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein from Jordan, takes over from Navi Pillay, who completed six years in the job. Zeid has served in a number of high diplomatic posts, most recently as Jordan’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York. He […]

Record gas emissions in 2014 says WMO

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide”, says the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in a statement issued Tuesday. The measurements are published as part of the annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which reports on atmospheric concentrations, […]

Swiss unemployment inches up

Seasonal factor responsible: young graduates seeking work GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss jobless rate moved up from 2.9 percent to 3.0 percent in August, but compared to a year earlier the figure is 1.2 percent lower. The unemployment offices had 128,434 persons registered as out of work during August. The jobless rate for young people […]

Uber wants to change how Geneva gets about

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Fast-growth tech company adds Geneva after Zurich success GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Uber has arrived in Geneva, and while the city’s taxi drivers have yet to say what they think, the new car service aims to change the face of transport in the city. Manager Steve Salom took pains to say Uber is not a taxi […]

Swiss top competitiveness rankings again

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland has been named the world’s most competitive nation by the World Economic Forum, for the sixth year running. Singapore is again in second place. Rankings The WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, which surveys 144 economies, says the “global economy seems to be finally leaving behind the worst and longest-lasting financial and […]