Whoops Wikepedia wins the war!

French military unsuccessful in pressuring web site – page suddenly hugely popular GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Wikepedia’s page on French military radio installations at Pierre-sur-Haute did not escape the attention of France’s military powers, although there might have been limited public interest in the page. Authorities demanded that the page be removed. The story of the […]

N Korea rhetoric shifts to more threats as it cuts hotline

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – North Korean belligerance has been stepped up again, with new threats against the South and the US. Wednesday 27 March it said it was cutting its hotline with South Korea, effectively ending all military communication, although an aviation hotline remains in place, according to news agency AP. Some weeks ago it reportedly […]

Israel, Switzerland sign defense relations deal to keep status quo

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland and Israel will continue bilateral talks and cooperation, without expanding areas of cooperation, Bern said in a statement Thursday 24 January. Swiss President Ueli Maurer and Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak signed a declaration of intent Thursday in Davos, where both are attending the World Economic Forum. “The declaration of […]

Tensions rise in Pakistan, in capital and north of country

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A series of events in Pakistan this week underscore the growing power struggles that are taking a toll in the months before national elections. The Supreme Court Tuesday ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on charges of corruption, but aides say the court is allied with the military against the elected […]

S Korea elects first woman president (update)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Park Geun-hye is leading with 51.6 percent of the vote for president of South Korea, news sources there say Wednesday 19 December at 15:00. Park, 60, was the country’s First Lady in the 1970s, alongside her father, Park Chung-hee a former military leader who headed the country for 18 years. Her mother was […]

Portugal attacked on a new front: not the economy, but Guinea-Bissau

Six killed in attack on elite military barracks GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Six soldiers died when their military barracks were attacked near the airport in the capital, late Sunday 21 October. The transitional military government has pointed the finger at forces loyal to former Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr and the former interim president Raimundo Pereira, […]

Swiss intelligence agency victim of staffer data theft

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All the data recovered and police stopped sale to third parties BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) was the victim in early summer 2012 of a data theft by one of its staff, the federal Department of Justice and Police says. The thief was caught early, charges were immediately filed with the […]

Justice records to go to army for potentially dangerous soldiers

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Court records of soldiers who may be potentially dangerous to themselves or others will in future have to be shared by public prosecutors directly with the Swiss military department, Bern announced Wednesday 5 September. The move is part of an effort to reduce the abusive use of military arms, carried by all […]

Growing interest in old military arms at home prompts hotline

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Phone number and e-mail address: +41 31 324 57 00 and armemilitaire@vtg.admin.ch BERN, SWITZERLAND – The federal government has set up a hotline and an e-mail address to more quickly respond to what it says is “a sharp increase” in questions about military arms from the general public, Swiss soldiers and those who have military arms […]

Egyptian military given broad powers while votes counted

Widespread criticism despite military promise to hand over power to elected president GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Egypt’s military is coming in for heavy criticism from outside the country for steps taken this weekend, as citizens went to the polls to elect a new president. Votes are not yet counted, with both candidates claiming to be ahead, […]