Obama challenged (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.

US jacks up cost of renouncing citizenship


Americans, stay home! Save your government some dollars! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Those who’ve thought about it too long are going to find this a bitter pill to swallow: The US government has just issued a change in price for the cost of renouncing citizenship or giving up a long-term green card. US […]

Geneva to get blinking night stoplights


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva drivers will soon find it’s quicker and easier to drive through much of the city at night, with 42 of the 456 traffic lights shifting to blinking orange lights at night. Of these, 15 will change once buses and trams stop running while the other 27 will move to orange from […]

Green light for tax exchange negotiations

Parliamentary commissions ok tax talks, to review second language law BERN, SWITZERLAND – Two parliamentary commissions voted in favour of key measures Friday 29 August. The Foreign Relations of the upper house has given a green light to the ruling Federal Council to open negotiations on automatic exchanges of information for tax purposes with the […]

Nearly half of Syrians have fled home


Number of refugees reaches daunting 3 million as situation deteriorates GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The news from Syria has been so dismal for so long that you begin to think the numbers can’t shock anymore, but they do: nearly than half of all Syrians have now fled their homes because of the fighting and the number […]

Prevention: tips for keeping your mobile phone safe

Crowded buses and trams are a favourite spot for pickpockets and thieves love cell phones - hold onto it tightly when out in public

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Vaud police, in their monthly newsletter, remind cell phone users (and doesn’t that include just about everyone now?) to be vigilant about locking the data a thief could find on your phone. Keep in mind that cell phones have been taken out of the hands of people using them, […]

A9 around Chillon: 2 lanes until Oct 2015

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Prepare for another full year of roadworks above the Chateau de Chillon, with lower speed limits for the duration. The new state of the art fiber optics concrete is being poured on the Chillon viaduct on the A9 autoroute this week. But the complexity of the work has added a year to […]

Paleo, you need this!

Putting Paleo together in a wet and muddy summer of 2014 (photo ©2014 Annie Colliard/Paleo)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Could this really be the end of mud? Just so, at least for festival-goers, says Bern. Empa in St Gallen has developed light floor panels made from a polymer mixed with fibreglass, which can be laid over large areas. The product, developed with the firm Supramat-Swiss, could be used at outdoor festivals […]

More accurate pollen maps from MeteoSwiss

By G.-U. Tolkiehn (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

BERN, SWITZERLAND – If you’re in the area around Rolle today, or west Lausanne tomorrow, and you have allergies, bookmark the Swiss national weather service’s new pollen maps page. And if you are in Geneva, one of the worst areas in the country for ambrosia, be sure to check the maps. To get your bearings: […]

Crossword No 223 by Chalicea

No 223

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Port on the Adriatic coast of Croatia (6) [More] …