Vaud to vote on dental insurance for all

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Canton Vaud voters will go to the polls to decide if everyone should receive dental coverage. A popular initiative to that effect, organized by the political left, gathered well over the necessary 12,000 signatures. The cost of the reimbursement scheme is estimated to be CHF254-355 million a year, according to RTS media. […]

Swiss banks in the news: names to US, CS loss

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss banks are back in the news this week, for several reasons. Credit Suisse announced Tuesday that it is posting a quarterly net loss of CHF700 million, the result of writing off a fine to US authorities. The bank was fined CHF2.5 billion in May and took a CHF1.6 billion write-off as […]

Paléo’s rain plans kick in


Montreux says rainy weather behind drop in attendance GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Paléo music festival opens in Nyon Tuesday evening and, with steady, drumming rain in the run-up and more on the way, the organizers have put their rain plans into effect. Rain was the sour note at the end of the Montreux Jazz Festival […]

England England by Julian Barnes

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Rather than use the term ‘satire’, Julian Barnes called this novel a semi-farce. It is certainly somewhat Monty-Pythonesque in parts [More] …

British woman, Swiss man avalanche victims

A loosened block of snow on the Zinalrothorn killed two climbers 19 July

Two more people die in separate alpine accident, near Zermatt GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The deadly weekend in the Swiss Alps continues, with news of a second avalanche Saturday that took two lives, and a motorcycle accident that killed a 19-year-old from Geneva. Police in canton Valais released information about the two people who died in […]

Nuclear negotiations with Iran go on

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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.

Two die in avalanche: 4 Alpine deaths this week

Avalanche in the Val d'Anniviers, above Lake Mouri, kills 2 and injures 4

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two people died early Saturday and four others are injured, following an avalanche in the Val d’Anniviers. Update: Police in Valais said Sunday morning one victim was a 40-year-old British woman who lived in canton Valais and the other a 50-year-old Swiss man from Valais. The group of six was climbing the […]

Matterhorn base camp opens (update 2)

Base Camp Matterhorn (photo: copyright Marc Kronig/Zermatt Matterhorn)

Update 2, photo gallery added GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Zermatt opened its new Matterhorn temporary base camp Saturday 19 July, to accommodate the stream of climbers during the summer 2014 climbing season while the Hörnlihütte hut is closed for a year for renovations. The base camp can handle up to 50 climbers and is being called “the […]

Gotthard traffic jam spells summer!

Cool up at the Gotthard peak; jam-packed and hot on the road to the Gotthard tunnel Saturday

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – An extraordinary 15-kilometre traffic jam, meaning a three-hour wait, built up Saturday morning at the northern end of the Gotthard tunnel, marking the true start of summer holidays for Germans and Dutch tourists heading towards Italy and other points south. By noon it had dropped to 10 km, or a two-hour wait […]

Heavy storm warnings from Geneva to Aigle


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police and the national weather service, MeteoSwiss, are issuing gale and heavy storm warning for the area around Lake Geneva, from Geneva to Aigle in canton Vaud. The warnings are in effect from 20:00 in Vaud and from 21:00 in Geneva, until 09:00 Sunday morning. Gusts, hail and heavy rain are possible […]