Religious matters on the menu

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland will see presentations by two notable religious leaders in April, some of the highlights of several conferences, talks and debates centred around religion. The Dalai Lama, Tibetan religious leader who has a strong interest in science will be in Bern, Fribourg and Lausanne 13-16 April, attending the Forum Fribourg. He will […]

Geneva, Cern welcome astronauts 100 yrs after cosmic rays discovered


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Six astronauts are making waves in the Geneva area this week, first with a walk in Chamonix Monday 23 July to lay a “historic milestone” awarded by the European Physical Society, then with a conference open to the public Tuesday at the Theatre de Leman and finally with an exchange with scientists […]

Obama to visit massive Colorado wildfire

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – US President Barack Obama is expected to visit the western state of Colorado Friday 29 June as wild fires continue to rage for a fifth day, and threaten the state’s second largest city, Colorado Springs. The massive blaze, known as the Waldo Canyon fire, has forced the evacuation of some 36,000 residents […]

Bill Clinton teases Lausanne

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Shhh, Bill Clinton was in town. And Sean Penn tagged along. But a loud silence surrounded the visit by former US President Clinton, who gave a “private” keynote speech (no journalists invited) to participants in what IMD business school labelled  an “Inspire for Excellence” regional symposium Sunday 20 May at 17:00. Clinton’s […]

Hillary Clinton visit will raise US political profile in int’l Geneva (update)

Clinton plans to meet with Syrian opposition representatives in Geneva GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, is about to come to town, but not just for a conference and a chat with the press: her Tuesday-Wednesday stopover includes major appearances at three Geneva international organization events. The US State department has […]

Clinton surprise trip to Libya latest nod to new leaders

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is the latest foreign leader to visit the new regime in Tripoli, in a surprise visit from Washington Tuesday 18 October. She follows Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK and France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy. She is scheduled to meet, surrounded by tight security, National Transition […]

Canadian response lukewarm to Amnesty’s call to arrest George Bush

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson’s office has not publicly reacted to a call from Amnesty International 12 October to arrest former US President George W Bush when he visits Canada next week. The group filed what Alex Neve, its secretary-general, calls a lengthy brief with the justice ministry detailing Bush’s admissions of […]

Ban Ki-moon to visit Bern


BERN, SWITZERLAND – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be received in Bern 17 October by a Swiss delegation led by President Micheline Calmy-Rey, for an official working visit. It is the UN leader’s first official Swiss visit since April 2007. The agenda covers “a number of UN-related themes of mutual interest,” Bern says in its […]

India, Switzerland strengthen ties, sign fiscal agreement

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil’s two-day visit to Switzerland that began Monday has already resulted in a number of initiatives, including a request by India for Switzerland’s support for an Indian seat on the UN Security Council as well as a fiscal agreement, and 11 new joint scientific research programmes. Switzerland is […]

China’s support of Zimbabwe flames controversy over visit

China’s foreign minister, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, is in Zimbabwe for the start of a five-nation Africa visit expected to bolster growing Chinese-African ties. The visit to the country run by President Robert Mugabe for more than 30 years is flaming controversy again over China’s support for the government that is the target of Western […]