Obama’s gun control plan unveiled

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – US President Barack Obama’s gun control programme, the source of much speculation in the past few days, was unveiled Wednesday 16 January, a month after a mass shooting in Connecticut left 26 people dead, 20 of them young children. He is calling on Congress to put through his proposals, whose key points […]

JetBlue pilot held without bond in Texas

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The JetBlue pilot who made world headlines after he was arrested for causing a mid-air panic among passengers is being held without bond following a federal court hearing in Texas Monday 2 April. Clayton Osbon, who has been a flight captain with the US airline for 12 years, was charged last week […]

Texas about to ban texting while driving

Traffic lights in Texas could soon have a logjam, with texting in cars allowed only at stoplights after 1 September. Texas, with its wide-open roads and a legacy as a frontier-minded state, is about to clamp down on drivers who text, with one legislator saying the practice is 20 times more dangerous than drunk driving. […]

Motorcycle Migrants: New Mexico, China

Geneva, Switzerland – One of the largest human migrations in the world, including what must be the largest concentration of motorbike travelers, will be replayed in reverse this week as Chinese head back to work following a 15-day New Year holiday. Looking at scenes of the incessant biker traffic, particularly from the southern industrial zones, […]

Texas woman, 115, dies: world’s oldest woman

Eunice Sandborn, 114 or 115, has died at her home in Jacksonville, Texas in the US, the world’s oldest woman. Her death was announced by the funeral home in the town. She was born Eunice Alice Lyons in Louisiana, the child of parents of German and Irish extraction, according to wikipedia. She married and outlived […]

US census results sparking political map fights

Seats for the US House will be reapportioned now that the US Census results, announced 21 December, are out: more people are moving to the South and West, and Texas will gain more seats in the lower house of Congress than any other state. The increase in black and Hispanic groups in many areas accounts […]

Widow of IRS agent sues killer’s wife

Valerie Hunter is suing Sheryl Stack in Austin, Texas in the US, for negligence. Hunter is the widow of Vernon Hunter and Stack is the widow of Joe Stack, who flew his small plane into the IRS tax offices where Vernon Hunter was working. Valerie Hunter’s lawsuit reportedly says Sheryl Stack, who spent the night […]

Suicide pilot flies into IRS building in Texas

Andrew Joseph Stack, 53, appears to have flown his Piper Cherokee plane into an IRS (tax authority) building in Austin, Texas intentionally, say authorities in the city, after setting his house on fire 18 February. Two people died in the crash into a building where 200 people work, and two others were injured. Firefighters had […]

Houston student takes top Prix de Lausanne dance prize


Click on images to view larger Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Cristian Emanuel Amuchastegui, age 18, won the top prize at the 2010 Prix de Lausanne dance competition. He is from Argentina and has been studying at the Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy in Texas, USA. Amuchastegui also won the coveted prize as the audience’s favourite, […]

12 dead, 31 wounded in US army base shootings in Texas

An army psychiatrist has shot and killed 12 US soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas army base Thursday, 5 November. In the attack at an army  processing centre, 31 others were wounded. The shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, was in stable condition after having been shot several times by security officers following the shootings. Hasan worked […]