Canadian who fought for assisted suicide dies in Zurich

Case has been followed closely in Canada as part of debate over current law ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Susan Griffiths from Winnipeg, age 72, died early Thursday morning 25 April in Zurich, in the gardens of Dignitas. Griffith’s desire to die and battle to get help to do so has been watched closely by Canadians as […]

Zurich mayor sheds US passport


ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Zurich’s mayor has become the latest celebrity in Switzerland to have the US Embassy in Bern punch holes in her passport as she gives up her US citizenship. Corinne Mauch, 52, was born in Iowa City, Iowa with dual Swiss-US citizenship, and she spent her early years in the Midwest. She has […]

Zug police say no sign of missing Danish woman


Thousands have contacted the police, public helping to hunt for student ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Zug Police say that despite thousands of people expressing their concern and a widespread search by air, on land and in the water, there is still no sign of missing Danish student Olivia Ostergaard, age 20. She disappeared  after leaving her […]

Danish student, 20, missing one week in Zug – police step up search


ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Zug Wednesdady 3 April began air searches for missing Danish student Olivia Østergaard, age 20, who disappeared without a trace one week ago. The police missing persons bulletin has now been shared European-wide. Zug police in a bulletin Saturday 30 March described her as: “178 centimeters tall, of slim […]

The day Swiss football made world headlines (thanks, Mr Marten)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – It’s not often that Swiss football grabs world attention. But put one fast-running marten on the field with two teams that can’t catch up with him and …. here goes! (final score Zurich 4, Thun 0 and the marten, several hundred thousand, viewers that is)

Swiss polytechnics’ fees increase delayed

Board of EPFL and ETHZ agrees to wait, to review parliament’s bid ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Students at Switzerland’s two federal polytechnic institutions, EPFL in Lausanne and ETHZ in Zurich will not see fees double in 2015, the board for the two said Wednesday 6 March, but fees are nevertheless likely to go up. The board […]

Squatters riot in Zurich causes several hundred thousand in damages

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A squatter’s demonstration spun out of control in Zurich late Saturday and police were able to stop the 1,000 marchers around Uetlibergstrasse in district 3, Binz-Areal, only by using rubber bullets and sprays. The damage included looting, broken windows, and cars set on fire, say Zurich police.

In Swiss media today: Red Cross museum’s tobacco dilemma, ski lift safety

Heavy snow in Ticino delays trains GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The death of a girl in Italy Friday after a 12-metre fall from a ski-lift and an accident involving two small children in France: the safety of ski-lifts is the subject of a report by TSR public television. The video shows some of the improvements made […]

Vontobel moves Dubai business to Geneva after good year

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Bank Vontobel said Tuesday 19 February that it is moving its Dubai onshore business to Geneva and will make its branch office in the Swiss city a hub for its Middle East business. The Zurich-based bank, long noted for its work as an investment bank, has had offices in Geneva since 1993, […]

Diamond thieves in massive heist at Swiss plane in Brussels (update)


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Diamonds, being loaded onto a Helvetic Airways plane in Brussels Monday were stolen when a Brinks security agency team was attacked by armed men, the airport there has confirmed. No shots were fired. Reports on the amount of loot stolen vary but VRT television in Brussels cites Antwerp sources, where the diamonds […]