Geneva-Beirut flight, false bomb alert

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – An MEA Liban airlines flight from Geneva to Lebanon was forced to land at Rome’s Flumicino airport Sunday, Italian media reported, after a false bomb alert. The plane’s 115 passengers and crew disembarked after Swiss authorities reportedly alerted Italy that the plane, over Italian airspace, had a bag on board that did […]

Int’l jewel thief caught in Zurich

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – An alert Zurich jewelry store employee Friday recognized a 46-year-old Chinese man from Interpol’s red list and contacted police immediately. The man was arrested and now faces extradition to Bahrain where he is wanted on charges of stealing a $1.5 million diamond ring. Interpol’s statement after his arrest notes that JM “is […]

Scotland’s voice (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.

Crossword No 225 by Chalicea

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – ‘Flat round pieces used in playing the game of draughts … [More] …

Sunday drivers, take a miss for semi-marathon

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The lake road (N1) between  Allaman and Nyon’s Stade de Colovray will be closed to traffic Sunday 14 September from 09:30 to 15:00. The La Côte half-marathon will be running through the area and roads will re-open as the race draws to a close.

Forward march! Le Temps shifts gears (update)

Stéphane Benoit-Godet, new editor at Le Temps

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It all happened very quickly, once Comco, the competition authority, gave the final approval for publishing house Ringier to take over Le Temps, the quality newspaper in French-speaking Switzerland. Tuesday the managing editor and editor-in-chief, Valérie Boagno and Pierre Veya, quit. Wednesday, Stéphane Benoit Godet, currently editor-in-chief of Bilan news magazine, was […]

News roundup: UNHRC boss, designer, cow attacks, Jungfraubahn

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The new UN Human Rights Commissioner stepped into office this week: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein from Jordan, takes over from Navi Pillay, who completed six years in the job. Zeid has served in a number of high diplomatic posts, most recently as Jordan’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York. He […]

1st Street View Trekker images of high Alps online

Street View Trekker screenshot, on the trail to the Lauterhütte (source: Google Switzerland)

“Street views” of high Alps and huts beckon trekkers ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The first images are now online from a joint project by the Swiss Alpine Club, Google, My Switzerland (Swiss tourism office) and the Rhaetian Railways, showing magnificent views of the high Alps taken by the Google View Trekker. The Trekker is part of […]

Multilingualism (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.

Record gas emissions in 2014 says WMO

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide”, says the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in a statement issued Tuesday. The measurements are published as part of the annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which reports on atmospheric concentrations, […]