E-bike death in Ecublens, police seek witnesses

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – A 60-year-old area man died Friday evening when his electric bicycle was hit by a car driven by an Italian man who lives in canton Vaud. It appears that the cyclist did not yield the right of way, but police are seeking more information about the accident, which occurred at 19:30 Friday […]

Ikea sets standard for corporate aid to refugees

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Foundation’s 2015 campaign raises €10.8 million in  for UNHCR GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – UNHCR, the Geneva-based UN refugee organization, said Friday that the Ikea Foundation raised €10.8 million in two months with its “Brighter lives for refugees” campaign. The Swedish store group’s foundation last year raised €7.7 million with its campaign; it has contributed €125 million […]

French bac rebuff by Swiss universities

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two options for the French baccalaureate, which is offered by a number of private schools in the Lake Geneva region, will not be accepted by some Swiss universities starting in the fall of 2015, reports the Tribune de Genève. The bac ES (économique et social), which doesn’t include French and experimental sciences […]

Swiss departures airfare price wars heat up (correction)

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Travelers in Switzerland are seeing a flurry of airfare offers from major airlines that reflect growing competition in the market. Swiss today is advertising long-haul flights – Beijing, Shanghai, São Paulo, J-burg – for under CHF500, while Air France is offering Japan for CHF599 and KLM is selling tickets to Los Angeles […]

Cryptic crossword No 254 by Chalicea

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HSBC’s turn for €1 billion bail

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – HSBC, like Swiss bank UBS, is protesting loudly at the €1 billion cautionary bond placed on it by the French government as it investigates the alleged role of the bank in helping its clients defraud tax authorities. HSBC Holdings in London announced the bail, set in connection with the “Swiss Leaks” media […]

Swiss news: tourism up, inflation down, record khat haul

More than 18,000 hours spent in traffic jams in 2014, in Switzerland

Foreign tourist stays up 3.8% BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss federal authorities say tourism rose 6 percent in February compared to a year earlier. The latest figures ease some fears about the immediate impact of the higher Swiss franc on the ski season. The month had an additional 176,000 overnight stays, of which foreign demand was […]

Missing persons alert: Vaud youth, 25

Missing youth, Cédric N'Iemvo

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Police are asking the public for help finding a 25-year-old man who has been missing since 13 March. Cédric N’lemvo, who lives in Chavornay, is “psychologically fragile”, according to police; he has previously disappeared but returned home after a few days. This time, his family has had no news for nearly one […]

British voters: register, watch elections (correction)

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – British voters go to the polls 7 May to decide on a new government in a General Election. This is the first time that they will be able to register to vote online, with the deadline 20 April, less than two weeks away. Correction: please note that online voting is not yet […]

Foreigners make up one-third of Vaud residents

Flag flying at the Chateau d'Aigle, now part of a new city

Vaud has 4 new cities LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – One-third of the people who live in Canton Vaud are foreigners, the latest statistics show. And the canton has four new cities, according to cantonal population statistics released 7 April. The latest figures, for 2014, also show that for the first time in some years, the percentage […]