Ouchy and press surprised by Kerry on bike

US Secretary of State John Kerry cycling in Ouchy after talks with Iran (photo: Eric Bridiers, US Mission Geneva)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – US Secretary of State John Kerry woke up the press contingent trailing the US-Iran nuclear talks Monday when he hopped on a bicycle instead of taking a black limo. With fine early Spring weather waiting for him Kerry and three bodyguards rode away from the Olympic Museum in the direction of Vevey. […]

The First Casualty by Ben Elton

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – What is the first casualty? Well – it isn’t a soldier … [More] …

Crossword no 249 by Chalicea

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – 3 Swiss tennis star (7) [More] …

Swiss 2014 exports: record high

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss exports reached a record high of CHF208.3 billion in 2014, surpassing the previous high reached in 2008. Imports remained flat, leaving a record trade surplus for last year of CHF30 billion, CHF6.4 b above the 2013 surplus. Exports to Spain rose for the first time in six years, while exports to […]

Beyeler art centre in Basel to expand

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BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s most visited art centres, the Beyeler in Basel, will be opening a new building, thanks to the planned purchase of a neighbouring park. No date has been given for the completion of the project, nor has a pricetag been put on the project, which will be privately funded. A first promised […]

Sports: Federer wins number 1,000

Swiss ski jumper Ammann out of hospital BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Roger Federer has joined another exclusive group, winning his 1,000th ATP tennis match, defeating Milos Raonic in Brisbane. Only two other players, Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) has won as many matches in their careers. Details, BBC Ammann leaves hospital Four-time Olympic ski […]

Muslims to have burial ground in Lausanne

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The regional Muslim population will have a proper burial ground in Lausanne, at the latest by early 2016, reports RTS. The public broadcaster notes that canton Vaud has a Muslim population of 30,000, of whom 9,000 live in Lausanne. The city has been having discussions for a dozen years with various Muslim […]

Today in Switzerland, we are voting

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Three items are on every Swiss citizen’s ballot today: abolishing lump sum taxes for foreigners; embracing “Ecopop”, a measure to limit immigration; keeping the gold at home. All three are popular initiatives; they have received more attention and been more dramatized outside the country than in, with little support for any of […]

I spy, you spy – cameras not always private

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Some 220 Swiss surveillance cameras viewable on the web GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A web site that lets anyone look at some 6,000 surveillance cameras around the world – including 200 in Switzerland – is drawing attention to the importance of changing default passwords. RTS reports that it has checked out the Swiss cameras on the […]

Inheritance tax initiative hits bump

BERN, SWITZERLAND – A Swiss popular initiative to tax inheritance, created by the left-wing Evangelical Party, ran into problems in parliament Wednesday 24 September. The initiative was drawn up to provide AVS funding, but the upper house voted not to support it today, 33-13, arguing that it steps on cantonal taxation rights. The initiative would […]