Drought stretches on in central China: 35m affected

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 60-day drought in the lower reaches of the Yangtse River in China is set to continue, the country’s meteorological service said Sunday evening, 29 May. Rainfall in the area since January has been 40-60 percent less than in 2010, and no rain is expected in the next few days. More than […]

N Korea severs ties with the South

S Korea and US will have joint sea missions Late Tuesday North Korea announced that it is severing all communication  and relations with the South, and South Korea said that it is cutting trade and it will not allow ships from the North to pass through its waters. South Korea and the US will carry […]

Iran likely faces tougher UN sanctions

The five countries with veto power within the UN Security Council  have agreed to tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear plans, and what US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling a “strong” draft resolution is being circulated among the 15 members. Iran agreed just a day earlier, Monday 17 May, to a deal […]

Obama flies to Gulf oil spill to reassure

US President Barack Obama has flown to New Orleans, Louisiana, to reassure residents of the area following the accident where an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded and sank, releasing thousands of barrels of oil. The slicks from the accident, 40 miles from the Louisiana shore, have been moving inland, threatening the fishing […]

Falklands/Malvinas dispute raises head, this time over oil

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez da Kirchner announced 16 February that ships going from the South American mainland to the Falklands/Malvinas will need a licence from Argentina. Britain promptly rejected the move, saying that the waters around the Falklands are UK territorial waters and the licenses will not apply. It has told the shipping industry to […]

Shipping in N. Atlantic contends with more icebergs

Crown Princess

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The breakup of Arctic pack ice due to global warming means an increasing number of icebergs drift into sea lanes in the North Atlantic, and 2009 was the eleventh most severe  in that respect since 1912, the year the Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg. An growing number of ships […]

Packages, letters sent abroad to cost more


Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The cost of shipping letters, registered letters and packages outside Switzerland will increase by 7% on 1 April 2009, when La Poste restructures its price schedule. The new prices must still be approved by Mr Price, the government’s consumer watchdog.

Shipping animals

Rex Express ships animals for you from Switzerland to just about anywhere, and the online service, in English, is easy to use.

Kidnapped oil super tanker headed towards Somali port

An oil super tanker that could be carrying up to two million barrels of crude oil, taken by pirates, is heading towards a Somali port, reports the US Navy. CNN reports that with pirates now operating in the Indian Ocean in an area of over one million square miles, despite patrols by a multinational naval […]