Former UK foreign secretary Miliband leaves politics

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – David Miliband, former British foreign secretary and brother of Labour leader Ed Miliband, is stepping down as a member of Parliament in order to head a US-based charity. The surprise move takes him to New York, where he will be the chief executive office of International Rescue Committee. Links to other sources: […]

St Luc avalanche critically injures 1, VD skier killed in Champex (update)

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -A 38-year-old Vaud man declared missing by his family when he didn’t return home Saturday evening at 19:30 was found dead in an avalanche in Champex Sunday 17 February, say Valais police. An Air Glacier flight flew over the area around Breya, where he  had gone ski touring, and spotted an object on […]

Swiss man saves his 3 children, then dies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 42-year-old Swiss farmer, vacationing in Tuscany, Italy, with his family, died Tuesday 16 October after saving his three children from a turbulent sea, according to Italian media and Swiss magazine Blick. The children, ages 9 to 13 were caught by the current and their father managed to get them to shore […]

Three hikers found by Air Force Super Puma’s FLIR thermal camera in Glarus

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Three hikers who were declared missing were found in the early hours of Monday by a Swiss Air Force Super Puma helicopter, using its FLIR thermal camera. The three went missing in canton Glarus and at 22:00 the Swiss Alpine Club, via the Rega rescue system, asked the Air Force for its […]

Peruvian President accuses wildcat mining of mine collapse

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Peruvian President Ollanta Humala says informal mining was responsible nine miners trapped in a copper and gold mine following the cave-in of a horizontal shaft 5 April. The collapse follows violent protests last month in the eastern jungle province of Madre de Dios against government reforms targeting wildcat mining. Prison terms were […]

Zermatt piste avalanche: no injuries; Bern, 4 in hospital (update 2)

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SION, SWITZERLAND – Two avalanches early Sunday afternoon hit groomed slopes, a relatively unusual occurrence. In canton Bern, at Engstlenalp near Innertkirchen, two adults and two children were caught, but all managed to free themselves. Eight dogs, four helicopters and a search team of 60 checked the slope, working until evening, but found no other […]

Swiss weekend weather (update)

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Click on images to view larger: Valais avalanche, Lake Geneva ice skirts being formed Bern man dies in Valais avalanche Update 11 February 14:10   GENEVA / SION, SWITZERLAND – There is good news for skiers: the strong winds that were forecast have died down and slopes are open everywhere, with blue skies the rule. […]

Zug skier dies in Grindelwald

BERN, SWITZERLAND -  A 46-year-old man from Zug died after he crashed while skiing in Grindelwald Tuesday afternoon 7 February. The man was coming down the First in  the area of Horbach, with relatives, when he crashed, without anyone else involved. When he failed to get up, emergency help was called, but the man was […]

6-yr-old dies after Saas Fee piste avalanche (update)

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – A six-year-old Spanish child who was with a ski instructor on the slopes in Saas Fee was buried for 45 minutes by an avalanche in Saas Fee Wednesday afternoon, and died Thursday during the night at the Chuv University Hospitals in Lausanne, say canton Valais police. The child’s teacher was only partially […]

2 Irish sailors saved by UK prince, 5 missing at sea

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A “desperate search” is being carried out in the Irish sea, says the BBC, for five Russian crew members of a ship that ran into trouble off the coast of Wales in the Irish Sea Saturday. One man was rescued but is reported by Irish media to have died and two others were […]