Breaking news: Hamas, Israel “long-term” truce

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Hamas officials say a long-term truce with Israel has been agreed to, and an announcement with details will be made shortly. Egyptian officials are reportedly saying the official announcement will be at 20:00 local time. Breaking news details: Aljazeera, BBC, Jerusalem Post, Reuters

Safety council calls for more speed checks

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – The bfu, Switzerland’s council for accident prevention, is calling for more road speed checks. The group in a statement 26 August points out that a decrease in the number of serious accidents in Switzerland is directly linked to the number of speed checks, but that unfortunately the areas with the fewest checks, […]

Driver stopped near Sion: 3.38 alcohol level

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A driver was found to have an alcohol level of 3.38 when he was stopped during a routine traffic control in Grimisuat, above Sion in canton Valais, at 17:00 Monday. The legal limit for drinking and driving in Switzerland is 0.05%. The driver showed clear signs of inebriation, say Valais police, and […]

Bolt pulls out of Zurich Diamond League

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Usain Bolt will not be racing Thursday in Zurich at the Weltklasse Diamond League event, calling an end to his season. He ran 100 metres in 9.98 seconds in Warsaw Saturday night, but his coach says he now needs to take advantage of an injury-free period to prepare for the 2015 season. […]

French await new gov’t in shuffle

PARIS, FRANCE – France is waiting today to see who will be in the new government proposed by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who announced Monday morning that his government was resigning. President François Hollande has asked him to form a new government by Tuesday. The shuffle follows vituperous remarks about the government’s economic policy and […]

A changed Middle East (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.

The Lost Men by Kelly Tyler-Lewis

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – The world is remembering the opening events of the First World War at the moment but I have been reading an account of an equally harrowing series of events [More] …

And the good news is sunshine!

Walk in the Lavaux vineyards or catch music under the Luna tent or hockey on the ice rink in Geneva - head out this weekend!

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The holidays are gradually drawing to a close, with children in Vaud and Geneva heading back to school Monday and international schools slated to start a week later. The final weekend of summer freedom for some people will be cool and mostly sunny – good weather for doing just about anything! Temperatures […]

Indian Ocean refugees: 20,000 so far this year

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – More than 20,000 people have risked their lives as refugees trying to cross the Indian Ocean, often paying $50 to 300 each to human smugglers – who then, in some cases, herded them into camps where they were forced to contact relatives back home for ransoms. The figures are part of a […]

Man killed in St Gallen mosque (breaking news)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A man was shot and killed Friday afternoon in a mosque in St Gallen, say cantonal police, and another man has been arrested, but no other details are available for the moment. It is not yet clear if anyone else was in the mosque at the time of the shooting, 14:00.