Customs agents seize cigarettes, arrest dozing thief

100 cartons of cigarettes, worth CHF5,000 in unpaid duty

  GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Cigarette-smuggling, big business in the early 1900s, is still a popular business, Geneva customs authorities can attest. This week they released information about a 30 September haul of 100 cartons of cigarettes at Geneva International Airport, 26.5 kg of the goods imported illegally by a Russian man. The anti-fraud unit was […]

A9 closed by accident, motorist dies in Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – An Italian man, age 62, died when his car crashed into a tree on the right side of the road at 02:21 Thursday 16 October in Geneva, near 52 Quai de Cologny, heading from the Route de Thonon in the direction of Quai Gustave-Ador. Police are asking anyone with information about the […]

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden Jonas Jonasson

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – I found this hilarious novel even more enjoyable than Jonasson’s first, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared. [More] …

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


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


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 […]