Man who killed 3 near Lucerne was attacked by fellow worker

Investigation: still unclear if he was shot or committed suicide in final moments GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The man who killed three fellow workers at Kronospan in Menznau near Lucerne died after he was attacked by a colleague who tried to subdue him, but aspects of those final moments are unclear, including whether he committed suicide […]

One of people wounded by Lucerne shooter dies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One of the seven people injured in a shooting in Menznau, canton Lucerne Wednesday has died, bringing the number of dead to four, including the gunman. Five people remain in serious condition. Police are remaining close-mouthed about the shooting, including the motive and details about the weapon used, as they carry out […]

Swiss weekend winter sports and weather: 15-17 February 2013


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Snow followed by sun with temperatures remaining cold enough for the snow to stay: a good skiing weekend is promised by the national weather service, MeteoSwiss. Expect snow to continue in Alpine areas until Friday afternoon, gradually clearing skies and sunshine for Saturday through Monday. Temperatures will range from lows of -4 […]

Swiss weekend weather and winter sports, 8-10 February 2013 – brrrrr!


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Be sure to take your gloves and hat when you step outside this weekend, with temperatures dipping in many areas in Switzerland. Alpine areas above 1,000 can expect highs below 0C (high of -5C in Zermatt) and lows of -10C to -15. Snow flurries are forecast Friday during the day in much […]

Record year for new car registrations due to tougher CO2 rules


Number of vehicles has doubled since 1980 BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland registered 430,000 new vehicles in 2012, a record number, the federal statistical office said Tuesday 5 February. The country has a total of 5.6 million vehicles for its population of 8 million; 4.3m of these are cars. The average age of Swiss cars is […]

Swiss weather and winter sports weekend 1-3 February 2013

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Plenty of snow up in those hills! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss and French resorts say the season is going well, with plenty of snow on the slopes, and more on the way. The first February weekend, with slightly longer days, promises to be a cocktail of rain and cold bise winds around Lake Geneva and […]

Snow and cold take toll on Geneva-Brig train line

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The almost unthinkable happened to the famously on-time Swiss trains late Monday: snow and ice slowed down by 30 minutes and in some cases cancelled trains on a main line, Geneva-Lausanne-Brig, which links Calvin’s city to canton Valais. Brig also serves as a main connection to Italy and much of German-speaking Switzerland. […]

Asylum seeker dies in hospital; Lucerne refugee centre manager fired

Report positive on handling of refugees who are returned, as migration policies reviewed BASEL, SWITZERLAND – The complexities of Switzerland’s programmes for managing asylum seekers became apparent at the start of this week with three unrelated news items, from Basel, Bern and Lucerne: in canton Basel, an Eritrean woman who had applied for asylum and […]

Four men arrested for stealing truck, then copper

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Four men were arrested in Lucerne and Zug and taken to Vaud, where they face charges of stealing a truck, then CHF20,000 worth of copper that weighed two tons. Police in Vaud tracked them after investigating a series of copper thefts in the canton, and they alerted police in German-speaking Switzerland that […]

Lucerne police seek speeding motorcyclist going over 200kph

LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND – Lucerne police are looking for witnesses who can help identify a motorcyclist who seeking to avoid a police checkpoint, drove at more than 120 kph through the streets of Emmenbrücke, canton Lucerne on Wednesday 18 July. Once on the highway pursued by police, the unknown driver clocked over 200 kph before “disappearing” after […]