The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – The Afghanistan of the seventies, where Amir and Hassan grow up together, sounds like a paradise and the kite running, which becomes thematic in the novel, is an exciting part of that paradise [More] …

Avalanche kills 3, 2 injured: Gd St Bernard

Archives: Air Glacier helicopter rescue

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Three people have died after being taken to hospital in Sion, canton Valais, and doctors are trying to save a fourth, after a group of Italian ski tourers was caught by an avalanche Saturday afternoon, say Valais police. A fifth person has sustained slight injuries. The avalanche caught the group about 13:30 […]

Geneva airport computer breakdowns creating havoc


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two computer system breakdowns Saturday at Geneva Airport are causing havoc, particularly with baggage. The airport’s web site simply notes that the problems are continuing and are creating heavy delays: passengers are asked to check the arrivals/departures board for updates, or to check with their airlines. RTS reports that the system’s failure […]

2 trains crash north of Zurich (update, 11:10)

Five injured; Schaffhausen-Zurich rail line closed for the day ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Five people were injured Friday morning 20 February when two trains collided just outside the train station in Rafz, north of Zurich. Details are still sketchy, but news agency ats reports that one of the injured is a train conductor, who is in […]

Crossword no 247 by Chalicea

No 246 solution

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Scientist who studies physical and biological aspects of the seas (13) [More] …

Football: Basel versus Porto, 1-1

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – All football fans’ eyes were on Basel Wednesday night for what the BBC called a “fractious” first leg match at St Jakob-Park, between Basel and Porto. Final result: 1-1, with goals by Basel’s Derliz Gonzalez and Porto’s Danilo. Portugal was the stronger team for much of the UEFA European Champions League match, […]

Safety tips for British tourists in Swiss Alps

British Ambassador David Moran at the Schilthorn, site of a famous Bond ski scene

The British consular service in Bern is offering UK travellers to the Alps a set of safety tips – David Moran, British ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein says that ‘with our Top Tips to Stay Safe on the Slopes’ we hope to make as many people as possible aware of specific dangers linked to winter […]

Swisscom makes sharp cuts to European roaming fees

Top-end clients: virtually free BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swisscom, in a bid to be Switzerland’s market leader for roaming charges abroad, says it will cut customer’s costs significantly starting 13 April. At the top end, clients with Natel infinity plus accounts will have from 30 to 365 days a year free roaming in Europe, as part […]

Aebischer to step down from EPFL end-2016

Ernesto Bertarelli, Patrick Aebischer, Sylviane Borel, Daniel Borel, at the announcement of EPFL's Center for Neuroprostheses, 2008

University’s head nominated for Nestlé board BERN, SWITZERLAND – Patrick Aebischer, who has headed the federal polytechnic university EPFL for most of its aggressive period of growth, will step down at the end of 2016. The EPFL is today considered one of the top universities in the world by a number of ranking systems. Later […]

Police operations in Zurich, Geneva

Marijuana plants found in Geneva apartment

Man wounded by shots from police in Zurich ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Police in Zurich, carrying out an operation about which they are not furnishing details, shot and wounded a man in the city centre early Thursday 19 February. The man is reported by local media to have been trying to escape in a car when […]