Sports, football: special shuttles for big Brazil-Italy match Thursday

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva is host Thursday night to a friendly match between Brazil and Italy, and special shuttle buses will be running to get fans to and from the stadium. The match starts at 20:30. Shuttle buses will operate from Gare Cornavin main train station starting at 18:01, says the CFF rail company, and […]

Montreux Jazz Festival unveils 2013 poster

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Oscar Oiwa, a Brazilian artist born in 1965 in São Paulo who has spent years in Japan and New York, will go down in history as the artist who created the Montreux Jazz Festival poster the year the MJF’s founder, Claude Nobs died, but there is nothing somber about the artwork. His […]

Prix de Lausanne, a men’s affair this year

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All but one top prize go to male dancers LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Prix de Lausanne 2013 will be remembered in part for the extraordinary performances put in by young men, who danced off with the bulk of the prizes in the finals of this international competition Saturday 2 February. The competition is open to […]

Fires in Brazil club, Venezuela prison kill scores

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The death toll is rapidly rising and at 21:30 Swiss time was at 240 people, from a nightclub fire in Santa Maria, a city of 250,000 people in southern Brazil near the Argentina and Uruguay borders. The fire at the Boate Kiss club may have been due to flares or fireworks used […]

Architect Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier “disciple”, dies at 104

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One of the 20th century’s most significant architects, Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer, died Wednesday 5 December, in Rio de Janiero at age 104. Niemeyer, known for the sensuous curves he employed in his creations, which include the new capital town of Brasilia, called himself a disciple of Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. In 1947, […]

Jetman circles Rio’s Christ the Redeemer

In this photograph provided by the Breitling, Yves Rossy, known as the Jetman, flies past Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain during a successfull flight over Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Yves Rossy, popularly known as Jetman, 2 May circled Rio’s famed Corcovado flying with a jet on his back, before landing on Copacabana Beach in Brazil. He was launched from a helicopter at 10:45 Wednesday and headed towards the Corcovado, then circled its famous giant Christ the Redeemer statue. “Face to face […]

Trio arrested in Brazil for cannibalism

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man, his wife and his mistress were arrested in Northeastern Brazil for allegedly killing at least two women and then eating them. The three, who admit using flesh from their victims to make meat pastries, which they sold to neighbors, told police that they belonged to a sect and had heard […]

European tourist numbers fell in 2011, others rose

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The tourist industry saw a slight decline in visitors in 2011, final year-end figures show, to 35.5 million overnight stays. Overall the drop was 2 percent. Decreases were seen only with European tourists, down 7 percent, in terms of overnight stays. The Americas are treated together statistically and while visitors from the […]

Sports, football: Brazil mourns Socrates

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL -  Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira : there will probably never be another footballer quite like him. Named, like his brothers, after a Greek philosopher Socrates was Brazil’s captain, a medical doctor, political activist, heavy drinker, smoker, a self proclaimed anti-athlete and a fan of Ché Guevara. The Brazilian […]

Monkey shines: Brazil has a newly found species, says WWF

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A new species of monkey has been found in Brazil, in a protected area of forest in Mata Grosso. The monkey is a member of the Callicebus family, a forest monkey. It lives primarily in the undergrowth of the forest, surviving mainly on fruits and insects. WWF biologists, who discovered the monkey […]