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Erdogan’s authoritarianism (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.

Weather service gets new site

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s national weather service, MeteoSwiss, has a new web site – contemporary, user-friendly, with new functions and better for smart phones. The new site went into service this morning, 16 December, providing stiffer competition for the numerous private weather forecast services online. The site has 1.4 million “users” a month for its […]

Google, Swiss rail boost Zurich’s Europpallee

Crowds for after-hours drinks and dinner are likely to swell as Google moves into Europaallee in Zurich

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The trendy shops and eateries near Zurich’s main train station, in the Europaallee district, will soon get a boost from a new batch of Google employees. The SBB/CFF rail company and Google have signed a contract, with the tech company leasing all remaining office and services space in the district. The move […]

What Switzerland googled this year

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – By December we forget what seemed to matter so much in January; Google has just handed us a reminder, with its annual list of most-googled topics for the year. In Switzerland, by category, we asked about: General requests 1. World Cup 2014 2. iPhone 6 3. Michael Schumacher 4. Robin Williams 5. […]

Zurich news: airport closing, NZZ tussle, USA flights

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ZURICH – Part of Zurich airport was closed briefly Monday afternoon following a “threat”, say officials, without elaborating. Charge your electronic devices! Zurich airport has had a new security policy in place since 10 October, and if you haven’t yet flown from there to the US or Canada, you should be aware of it: “Passengers […]

Reminder, new train schedules in effect

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A reminder that the new CFF train schedule went into effect Sunday; it’s a good idea to check to see if old, familiar routes have slightly different times. The first day went off mostly without a hitch, according to the rail company – except for a couple employees who couldn’t find their […]

Lindt café hostages in Sydney: breaking news

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Five hostages have escaped from the Sydney CBD Lindt Café in Australia, but others – possibly up to 30 – remain inside with a gunman. The story is being covered live by TV 7 news in Australia. Also see: News.com. au and the Sydney Morning Herald. The café is part of the […]

Lucky skier survives 700-metre avalanche

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Rega rescuers plucked a lucky survivor of an avalanche from the Becca d’Audon at 3,123 metres Sunday : the man  was carried 700 metres down to the Becca by the avalanche, but survived with minor injuries (extremities) thanks to his airbag. He was able to partially free himself and Rega was alerted […]

Willful Behaviour by Donna Leon

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – This Donna Leon Brunetti mystery is rather different from her habitual style and interesting for that very reason. She takes a historical look at Venice [More] …

Federer named Swiss male athlete of the year

Skier Dominique Gisin, tennis player Roger Federer: 2014 Swiss Sports Awards top athletes

Skier Gisin takes female athlete award ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Roger Federer, number two in the tennis world, has been named Switzerland’s male athlete of the year for the sixth time, and Olympic champion skier Dominique Gisin is the female athlete of the year. Federer won the top award, given by the Credit Suisse Sports Award, […]