Rhaetian Rail train hits mudslide, 11 injured (update 3)

Rhaetian Rail accident in canton Graubuenden, between Coire and St Moritz, with 3 derailed cars

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A Rhaetian rail train slammed into a mudslide that covered the rails on a steep stretch between Coire and St Moritz Wednesday at 12:30, leaving five people in serious condition and six others less seriously injured. One of the carriages fell 10 metres into a ravine before it was stopped by trees. […]

Geneva: gale warnings, Zurich: steady rain

Zurich rooftops, Seefeld area, steady rain falling

Weather forecast everywhere is damp, damp, damp GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The weather forecasters are handing us a package of rain and more rain for the rest of the week and through the weekend. Zurich’s European Athletics Championships are getting a drenching and MeteoSwiss has just issued gale warnings (winds under 100kph) for Geneva, but not […]

Raiffeisen joins “big banks”

The famously red Raffeisenplatz, home to the bank's head office, in St Gallen

Cooperative now considered a bank “of systemic importance” ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss National Bank Wednesday officially declared the Raiffeisen group to be a bank “of systemic importance” 13 August: too big to fail. It joins the country’s two largest banks, Credit Suisse and UBS, and Zürcher Kantonalbank, which in November 2013 was also named […]

Russians uninvited: Swiss air show


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss air force is not inviting Russian pilots to fly their planes in AIR14, the hugely popular air show in Payerne that takes place over two weekends in August. A team of Russian Knights pilots were expected to take part, flying Su-27 military planes, but in the current climate, says the […]

WHO approves untested Ebola treatments

WHO headquarters in Geneva

Death toll reaches 1,000 and first European death occurs in Madrid GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Drugs that have not yet been approved may be used to treat the virulent Ebola virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva said in a statement issued Tuesday. The disease has killed 1,000 people in West Africa in recent weeks […]

Pssst! Less noise soon on Geneva’s right bank


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Part of Avenue de France and the Quai de Mont Blanc will soon be quieter thanks to new noise-reduction pavement. The city will keep the streets open to car traffic during the road works 17-27 August, but cycling lanes and parking places will disappear for a few days. The Tribune de Genève […]

Asylum numbers up 30% in one month, mainly Eritreans

Immigration in Switzerland

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The number of people seeking asylum in Switzerland rose by 30 percent in one month, but the statistics were somewhat skewered by the problem of a lack of competent translators. The Federal Migration Office says the increase is due mainly to a jump in June in the number of people arriving from […]

Zurich packed out for European Athletics


ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – If you’re thinking of heading for Zurich this week and you don’t yet have a hotel room: good luck! The city is packed with visitors in town for the European Athletics Championships, held in Zurich for the first time since 1954. A flight that had trouble taking off from the Zurich airport […]

Tourists who died in train crash wanted to admire waterfall (update)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The minibus with a group of eight Israeli tourists that was hit by a train Monday was taking the unguarded crossing because they wanted to admire a waterfall up close. Police were able to question two of the injured people who survived the crash, and they confirmed police suspicions that this was […]

Obama back into Iraq (Chappatte cartoon)

Obama back into Iraq Chappatte_110814

©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.