US-Swiss banks, tax agreement rumoured “soon”


BERN, SWITZERLAND – Two Swiss government officials have now said an agreement between the US Department of Justice and 14 Swiss banks accused of helping US clients avoid taxes could be reached soon, according to Swiss news media. The Tribune de Genève’s front page story today cites Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf as saying outside […]

Missing person alert, Geneva


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Anne-Claude Guerreiro-Maillard, age 50, is being sought by police after she left home 9 April in the evening without returning. She suffers from depression, according to police, and she left behind all her identity papers, bank cards and her cell phone. She is 164cm tall, weighs 60kg and has mid-length straight blond […]

Geneva opts for tough-line public prosecutor

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva voters Sunday chose to keep Olivier Jornot as their public prosecutor for the next six years, by 64.2 percent. His election shows strong support for his strong line centre-right approach to the canton’s handling of criminals, with firm sentences for drugs and foreigners’ illegal presence in Switzerland. His opponent, Pierre Bayenet, […]

Zurich study shows impact of trauma inherited

The consequences of traumatic experiences can be passed on from one generation to the next. (Photo: Isabelle Mansuy / UZH / ETH Zurich)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The fallout from traumatic experiences, including changes in insulin and lower blood sugar levels, is not limited to the person directly affected, but passed on genetically to the next and even a third generation. A  study carried out by ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich has found the culprit, short RNAs, […]

Swiss man dies in crevasse fall in Valais

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 50-year-old man from canton Solothurn who was ski touring on the Gletscherhornfirn Saturday 12 April died when he fell into a crevasse. He was part of a group of three who were coming down from Gletscherjoch, heading towards Konkordiaplatz when a snow bridge gave way and he fell 25 metres. Heavy […]

My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Each chapter has a different narrator, in post-modern style, and we slowly piece together a picture of the rivalries and passions that pervade the world of miniaturists

Lausanne voters refuse Beaulieu high-rise

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Voters in Lausanne Sunday 13 April refused a high-rise hotel and housing complex for the city-centre Beaulieu area, with 51.9 percent against and 48.08 percent voting yes. Turnout was relatively heavy at close to 38 percent. The planned Taoua Tower, which would have soared above the hilly but mainly low-rise city at […]

Easter traffic jams have started


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – In case you’ve forgotten, this is not a good day to take north-south autoroutes in Switzerland, with Easter/spring school holidays starting in several Swiss cantons and neighbouring countries. Saturday morning saw a 1h30 delay for heading south through the Gotthard tunnel, with a 10km tailback. The A1 heading towards Geneva is also […]

Great collection of Swiss aerial photos

Swiss Federal Topo Office, nearly a century of aerial maps of Switzerland

BERN, SWITZERLAND – New technology has just greatly enhanced LUBIS, the Swiss federal mapping office (Topo) product that allows anyone to see 320,000 aerial photos of the country. The photo collection dates from 1920. You can use it in English as well as the Swiss national languages. The photos initially served to help draw up […]

Elysée school students all return to Lausanne

Students, parents meet at police HQ following youth’s death in Rome LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The entire group of students from the Elysée school in Lausanne who were on a field trip to Rome arrived in the city by bus Saturday morning, say cantonal police. One of the group died from a knife wound to the […]