Geneva drowning, Nyon deadly fall: grim day in region

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Reports of one swimmer missing in Lake Geneva or Rhone GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 31-year-old woman lost her life in Lake Geneva Tuesday evening, reports the Tribune de Genève. She went into the lake in front of the Jardin anglais at 18:30 and was quickly carried by the current. Her body was found shortly after […]

Hot time in the city – and country

Blues Festival in Sierre

Sizzling weekend in the region, heat to return GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sports and music coloured the weekend for many people, but the past few days have also seen a curious string of crimes as the hot, hot summer carries on, little relief in site. Weather forecast More of the same, says MeteoSwiss, with a few […]

Tourist drowns in Lake Geneva, 2nd Vaud death this week

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Moroccan man dies while swimming in Rolle GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 35-year-old man died late Sunday afternoon in Rolle, where he had been swimming in Lake Geneva. Police were alerted at 18:00 that a man was in trouble in the water at the Rolle beach. People at the beach rushed to the aid of the […]

Swiss news roundup: terrorism, refugees, vertical racing, park murder

Croze vertical race (photo, Shirley Curran)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Top of the regional news is the ghastly terrorist attack in Lyons, possibly linked to others today on a crowded beach in Tunisia and at a mosque in Kuwait. Refugee funding gap – serious and immediate consequences Le Temps reports that UNHCR, the refugee agency based in Geneva, is moving another 100 […]

Police seek A1 victim of robber’s punch

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Man hit when escaping robber tried to grab his car LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – It was a wild lunch hour on the A1 autoroute, with a noon high speed police chase of two men in a blue Peugeot who earlier robbed a bank in north Vaud. The two hit a traffic jam at Villars-Ste-Croix, where roadworks […]

FIFA investigation: 53 suspect accounts, long investigation

Michel Lauber, Swiss public prosecutor, charged with the FIFA investigation

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Fifa football federation investigation by the Swiss government is likely to be long and complicated, says the federal prosecutor who is heading it. The investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup football games has to date interviewed 10 people and could well include Sepp Blatter, president who […]

Getaway car, pickup burned after bancomat robbed

Thieves tore away bancomat in Bouveret, then fled to Champéry GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – At least three people are being sought by police after a bancomat was torn from a building in Bouveret shortly before 04:00. The thieves entered the client area, attached a cable to the machine and, using a pickup, pulled it out. They […]

Sierre woman murdered, husband hospitalized

SIERRE, VALAIS, SWITZERLAND – Canton Valais police are calling the murder of a 40-year-old woman and her husband’s (57) injuries “extraordinary” and possibly a case of domestic violence, as they investigate to learn what happened Tuesday morning. The woman’s body was found in her home in Sierre at 09:00 this morning, but police have not […]

Customs agents slice into fake Swiss knives, pans sales

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss customs agents put on a crushing show for media Tuesday morning in Thonex: 2,700 fake Swiss knives and 550 fake Swiss cooking pans were flattened and destroyed under heavy tractor treads. The poor quality goods, nearly a ton of them, were confiscated during a series of border checks in recent months. […]

Hiker, biker deaths mar weekend

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 62-year-old Swiss man died Saturday morning when his motorcycle hit a car after he braked hard. The accident occurred at 08:20 on Avenue Wendt heading towards the Rue de Lyon. The car was driven by a 19-year-old Portuguese man who was on the Rue de Bourgogne. Police are investigating the accident; […]