Italy busy speculating on the next pope, the next to last prime minister

ROME, ITALY – The world’s eyes are on Rome, where the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are gathered to elect a new pope to head the church. The famously red-hatted 115 cardinals will enter the Sistine Chapel Tuesday late afternoon, where they will hold as many conclaves, where they vote, until they settle on […]

Swiss gov’t approves 12 cantons for electronic voting in June

Bern to review electronic voting in 2013 Limits on numbers raised for Geneva, Neuchatel GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss Federal government 4 April authorized 12 cantons to allow electronic voting during federal elections 17 June 2012. In all but two of the cantons the electronic vote is available only to their citizens abroad. Geneva and […]

Qadaffis continue to stay in the news

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland’s woes with Libya continue this week, with Tripoli postponing the trials of two Swiss businessmen. The two are to stand trial for visa and tax irregularities, Libya has said. They were arrested shortly after the arrest in Geneva in July 2008 of Hannibal Qadaffi, son of the country’s leader. Libya […]

Trials deferred for two Swiss businessmen in Libya


Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The trials on charges of  “illegal economic activity” of two Swiss businessmen held in Libya against their will since July 2008, have been postponed till early January, the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs said 20 December. The trial of Max Goeldi, country head for engineering giant ABB, has been set back […]

Tetra Pak opts for sugar-based plastic packaging

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Lausanne-based Tetra Pak, the world’s largest food packaging company, has signed a contract with Brazilian company Braksem for plastic packaging that will be made from sugar cane. Tetra Pak says “the agreement represents the first move toward using green polyethylene in the carton packaging industry.” Braksem, Brazil’s largest petrochemical company, will […]

Ahmadinejad endorsed as president, as opposition goes on trial

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini is expected to officially endorse President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the winner of the disputed 12 June presidential election, ahead of his swearing-in 5 August in front of parliament. Ahmadinejad has had difficulties forming  his new government, reflecting a serious rift within the establishment. Various cabinet members have been rejected, […]

Novartis profits slip; moves to speed up A/H1N1 vaccines

Basel, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Pharmaceutical giant Novartis saw net sales grow 8 percent in local currencies, but slip 2 percent in US dollars in the first six months of 2009. Exchange rates had  significant impact on profits, which fell by 12 percent to CHF4.32 billion, compared to the same period in 2008. Company CEO Daniel […]

Brossard apologizes to family, ex-wife is witness at Stern trial

Geneva, Switzerland (romandie/AFP, Fre) – The trial of Cecile Brossard, accused of murdering Edouard Stern, opened in Geneva Wednesday morning with two of the French banker’s children and his ex-wife as witnesses. His wife described him as a man with faults but who was an exceptional person. Brossard asked the court to allow her to […]

Final Guantanamo trial halted

A US judge has halted the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the only trial still underway after President Barack Obama announced that he wanted all trials suspended and reviewed, and he intends to close Guantanamo Bay within a year. BBC