Daniel by Henning Mankell

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Daniel is very different from the Wallander mysteries. For the first section Henning Mankell takes us to South Africa where a rather unsavoury Swedish character is hunting for the insect that will make his name. He finds it but also adopts a young boy. In the course of […]

Geneva main station extension: CHF1.652 billion

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Preliminary study for underground extension passes 1st hurdle GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The partners responsible for reviewing preliminary studies for an underground extension of the Geneva Cornavin main station Saturday tentatively gave the green light to a CHF1.652 billion plan, +/- 30%. Details of the plan will be published at the end of July. A feasibility […]

Same-sex marriage (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2015 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International New York Times, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

Wimbledon’s Swiss trio makes waves

Two men and a woman: Belinda joins Roger and Stan GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Belinda Bencic won her first career tennis tournament Saturday 27 June, in the UK’s runup to Wimbledon, the Eastbourne competition. The 18-year-old from Saint Gallen, ranked 22nd in the world before her Saturday win, defeated former world number 2 Polish player Agnieszka […]

Solar Impulse leaves Japan for Hawaii

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Solar Impulse, the solar-only powered airplane, left Nagoya, Japan, at 19:00 Swiss time, 03:00 local time, for its flight to Hawaii. The plane was scheduled to leave last week, after an earlier postponement but had to delay at the last minute due to poor weather. The news about the takeoff has been […]

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 […]

USA: the racial wound (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2015 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International New York Times, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

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 […]

Crossword No 265 by Chalicea

Cryptic crossword no 264 Solution by Chalicea

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – If you prefer to work on the interactive version or to print a pdf of the crossword, click on this LINK. Across     7  Any of various rich and elaborate cakes (6)     8  Long-legged web-footed black-and-white shorebird with slender upward-curving bill (6)     9  English statesman who brought […]

Fire at Lausanne train station blocks trains (update)

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Hotline in place: 0800 99 66 33 (update 18:55) LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – An underground fire in an SBB/CFF rail company building next to the main station tracks in Lausanne was the cause of major rail disruptions Monday, with trains in and out of the city stopped from 13:00 until shortly after 15:00. The CFF says […]