147kph speeder nabbed on Lausanne-Bern road

Teenagers accused of CHF35,000 in damage to school LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – A 25-year-old Portuguese man had his car and his driver’s license taken away after he was caught driving 147 kph in Lucens, in an 80 kph zone, Tuesday 16 December at 13:45. Police picked him up during a traffic check on the cantonal road; […]

Lindt café hostages in Sydney: breaking news

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Five hostages have escaped from the Sydney CBD Lindt Café in Australia, but others – possibly up to 30 – remain inside with a gunman. The story is being covered live by TV 7 news in Australia. Also see: News.com. au and the Sydney Morning Herald. The café is part of the […]

Lucky skier survives 700-metre avalanche

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Rega rescuers plucked a lucky survivor of an avalanche from the Becca d’Audon at 3,123 metres Sunday : the man  was carried 700 metres down to the Becca by the avalanche, but survived with minor injuries (extremities) thanks to his airbag. He was able to partially free himself and Rega was alerted […]

Weekend road accidents kill 2, injure 3

Police seek driver of car passed by motorcycle, in Lausanne accident GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man was killed late Friday near Villeneuve when a car in which he was a passenger skidded off the road and overturned, and a young motorcyclist was killed and three others injured in the centre of Lausanne in the early […]

Falciani charged by Swiss attorney general

Ex-HSBC employee who stole bank records sparked Swiss-French feud BERN, SWITZERLAND – Hervé Falciani, former HSBC Geneva employee who sparked an international tax row, has been charged with theft by the Swiss Attorney General’s office, it revealed Thursday 11 December. The press release details what Falciani calls whistleblowing, with no intention of gain – but […]

WikiLeaks’ bank-buster Elmer taken to hospital

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Rudolf Elmer is back in the news, but not for his trial for breaking Swiss banking secrecy laws, slated to begin today in Zurich. Elmer collapsed from unknown causes as he headed towards the courtroom, and he was taken to the hospital. It is not yet clear if the trial of the […]

Jetskis, French court says ok for Lake Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A French court in Lyons has backed a jetski fan’s efforts to see them approved for use on Lake Geneva, but the new judicial announcement is prompting a strong reaction, reports RTS. Jetskis have been illegal on the lake, banned in 1989, but a man in Chablais has been fighting to have […]

Bern police uncover 400 kg explosives

Public “never at risk” from explosives BERN, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Bern say the public has not at any point been at risk from 400 kg of explosives found in a workshop in Oberried, above Lake Brienz. They were found when the area was searched, as part of an investigation that began in October […]

Putting out the police with fire extinguishers

Van loaded with stolen motorcycle and more

Elsewhere, driving on the A9 at 200+ kph GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One of the longest, most descriptive police press releases I’ve seen in a while came in from the border guards this evening, detailing a wild and long chase Friday night. A white van was pursued from the border post at Perly throughout the area […]

5-year-old dies in Valais hike fall

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A five-year-old boy died Saturday 29 November while hiking the bisse du Roh with his father, above the resort of Crans-Montana, Valais police said Wednesday. The accident occurred at 16:00, when the child was crossing a passage just ahead of his father. The boy slipped and fell 15 metres to his death. […]