210 on the autoroute and drunk

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The stretch of highway from Sion to Martigny is flat and straight – too much of a temptation for one 22-year-old Valais man, who was caught by a radar driving at 210 kph near Fully. When police caught up with him he tested positive for alcohol. His permit was taken away and […]

A9 truck ban due to new flyover bridge

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Trucks are banned from the A9 autoroute, Vennes to Chexbres in the direction of Valais, until further notice, say canton Vaud police. A temporary flyover bridge installed during the early hours of Tuesday on the A9 is not considered “adequate” to handle heavy traffic and a detour has been put in place. […]

Heavy rains sweeps Switzerland

Floods in Ticino and snow to 2,500 metres GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Heavy rain swept the country Monday, with canton Ticino getting rare level 4 danger warnings from the national weather service, especially the Maggia valley and Locarno area, to the lower Blenio valley. In several mountain areas, the snowline was at 2,500 metres. Train service […]

Ebol-Isis: a scary world (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2014 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.

Completely cowed by the highway

BERN, SWITZERLAND – A cow that broke loose came to an unhappy ending Friday morning after she panicked on the A8 autoroute in canton Bern near Spiez. The animal was shot by a cantonal gamekeeper, with her owner’s permission, after she strayed onto the highway at 08:00 Friday morning, raced up one tunnel in the […]

Geneva’s Bodmer shows historic newspapers

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “Communism’s Collapse!”  “German Spring in the Autumn”. Side by side in a glass case at the Bodmer Foundation, two international newspapers blast the October 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. An original 1776 edition of Adam Smith’s essay on economic liberalism, “The Wealth of Nations”, is found alongside them. Here, as elsewhere […]

Nobel peace prize, youngest-ever winner

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”, the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize committee said Friday morning. Yousafzay, 17, is the youngest ever winner of the […]

Crossword No 229 by Chalicea

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Formerly the basic unit of money in Greece (7) [More] …

Zurich’s ETH creates Ebola spread model

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Three days of incubation was too short, and the number of people contaminated by Ebola patients in Sierre Leone was 2.8 – putting to rest speculation that it was 1 to as many as 8. These are two of the results turned up by a mathematical model, using DNA, of the spread […]

Fighting from the sky (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2014 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.