Heavy rains sweeps Switzerland

Floods in Ticino and snow to 2,500 metres GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Heavy rain swept the country Monday, with canton Ticino getting rare level 4 danger warnings from the national weather service, especially the Maggia valley and Locarno area, to the lower Blenio valley. In several mountain areas, the snowline was at 2,500 metres. Train service […]

Ebol-Isis: a scary world (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.

Completely cowed by the highway

BERN, SWITZERLAND – A cow that broke loose came to an unhappy ending Friday morning after she panicked on the A8 autoroute in canton Bern near Spiez. The animal was shot by a cantonal gamekeeper, with her owner’s permission, after she strayed onto the highway at 08:00 Friday morning, raced up one tunnel in the […]

Geneva’s Bodmer shows historic newspapers

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “Communism’s Collapse!”  “German Spring in the Autumn”. Side by side in a glass case at the Bodmer Foundation, two international newspapers blast the October 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. An original 1776 edition of Adam Smith’s essay on economic liberalism, “The Wealth of Nations”, is found alongside them. Here, as elsewhere […]

Nobel peace prize, youngest-ever winner

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”, the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize committee said Friday morning. Yousafzay, 17, is the youngest ever winner of the […]

Crossword No 229 by Chalicea

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Formerly the basic unit of money in Greece (7) [More] …

Zurich’s ETH creates Ebola spread model

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Three days of incubation was too short, and the number of people contaminated by Ebola patients in Sierre Leone was 2.8 – putting to rest speculation that it was 1 to as many as 8. These are two of the results turned up by a mathematical model, using DNA, of the spread […]

Fighting from the sky (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.

Three Swiss murdered in Philippines

BERN, SWITZERLAND – A 23-year-old Geneva man and a couple aged 67 and 68 were killed Monday and Tuesday in the southern Philippines in two separate incidents, Swiss media are reporting; the Swiss Foreign Affairs office has confirmed the couple’s murder in near Opol, but not the youth’s death. The couple, who lived in the […]

Geneva pushes tree-lined image

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The city of Geneva will be planting 250 trees in coming weeks, part of a major greening of the city that will see 486 new trees planted since the winter of 2012, reports the Tribune de Genève. The trees are at the centre of a larger, ambitious project to improve parks, plant […]