Missing persons: French teen, Scottish scientist

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s respect for privacy is usually lauded – until an individual case comes up where it is harder to understand. Two missing persons reports have come in this week, and they underscore the problem. Police in canton Vaud are asking for help finding a 16-year-0ld French girl who has been missing since […]

A9 closed near Belmont: truck crash

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The A9 was closed between Chexbres and Venne Tuesday afternoon following an accident where one truck crashed into another in the same lane. The driver of the second vehicle, a 22-year-old local man, had to be cut from his refrigeration truck; he was taken by ambulance to the Chuv hospitals in Lausanne […]

2 Swiss polytechnics among top 20 world universities

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Only non-English language country to make QS top 20 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The QS World University Rankings, which compete with the Time Higher Education rankings for students’ attention, have just come out – and Switzerland’s two polytechnics are in the envious position of being from the only non-English language country to make the top 20. […]

Swiss musings over Snowden: could versus would

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Swiss media last week stirred around the possibility or likelihood that Switzerland could or would invite Edward Snowden to visit the country from his base in Russia to help investigations into US spying. The cause for the sudden renewed interest in Snowden was a leaked government document that laid […]

The Greenhouse by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – for me, the story ‘takes off’ when Anna, needing peace to write her doctoral thesis, arrives with the delightful Flora Sol and Lobbi is drawn into the role of parent [More] …

Highs and lows of the United Kingdom (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.

Available housing leaps by 14% – but only 1% of total

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Available housing in Switzerland rose by 14 percent in June, compared to a year earlier, when 5,740 housing units more were on the market. The change sounds impressive in this very tight market – until you see that it represents only 1.08 percent of total housing in Switzerland.

4 hikers die in Alps in one week

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Four hikers died in separate accidents during the past week, all of them apparently after slipping and falling several metres. A Korean woman in her early 60s died 9 September while hiking near Zermatt. Her husband alerted police after she disappeared while hiking between the Gornergletscher and the Monte-Rosa hut. Her body […]

Ecolint will turn blue to mark 90 years

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New arts centre opens GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Ecolint, as the International School of Geneva is fondly known to students and staff, will celebrate its 90th birthday this week, and for the day of the big party, Wednesday, everyone is being asked to wear blue, the school colour. The number of international schools in the Lake […]

Up to 160 may be lost at sea off Libya (update)

UNHCR warns “we need to wake up”, with 2,500 drownings this year GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Yet another large boat carrying families who are fleeing Syria capsized in the Mediterranean over the weekend, with 37 people rescued out of an estimated 200 on board the vessel. The accident just off the coast of Libya was one […]