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Swiss bishops: we are open to gay people
Vitus Huonder caused outrage with his remarks in July. Photo: Swiss Conference of Bishops

Swiss bishops: we are open to gay people

18 hours ago

The Catholic church is open to all, regardless of sexuality, the Swiss Conference of Bishops has said in its first official statement since the controversial comments of Bishop Vitus Huonder at the end of July.

Swiss target airlines in asylum crackdown
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss target airlines in asylum crackdown

21 hours ago

Airlines which transport passengers illegally into Switzerland will be subject to steep fines from October 1st in a new rule that aims to cut down on the number of asylum seekers.

Fifa reform body holds first meeting in Bern
Photo: AFP

Fifa reform body holds first meeting in Bern

1 day ago

A 12-member committee set up by Fifa to draw up far-reaching reforms to the Zurich-based world governing body for football in the wake of a corruption scandal met for the first time in Bern on Wednesday.

Zurich's Dolder Grand named best Swiss hotel
The Dolder Grand hotel. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Zurich's Dolder Grand named best Swiss hotel

2 days ago

It was good enough for Justin Bieber when he visited Switzerland a couple of years ago and now Gault&Millau is giving Zurich’s Dolder Grand Hotel the thumbs up.

Anger over autistic kid kicked off Swiss plane
Photo: AFP

Anger over autistic kid kicked off Swiss plane

2 days ago

Swiss International Air Lines is facing embarrassment after it kicked an Israeli family off a flight to Geneva from Zurich because their eight-year-old autistic boy was crying uncontrollably.

Former ski star Cuche denies drunk driving rap
Photo: Christian Jansky

Former ski star Cuche denies drunk driving rap

2 days ago

Didier Cuche, former World Cup alpine ski champion, appeared in court in the canton of Neuchâtel on Monday to contest a 6,900-franc fine and other criminal sanctions imposed by justice officials for seven alleged road traffic act infractions, including drunken driving.

Tram kills Canadian tourist in Zurich crossing
The streetcar involved was a tram 2000 similar to the one pictured here. Photo: VBZ

Tram kills Canadian tourist in Zurich crossing

3 days ago

Zurich city police are looking for witnesses after a 56-year-old Canadian woman visiting Switzerland was struck and killed by a streetcar on Monday.

Iconic Swiss train heads to Swedish museum
Photo: SBB

Iconic Swiss train heads to Swedish museum

3 days ago

One of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) emblematic locomotives headed out of the country on Monday for a final trip — to a transport museum in Sweden.

Seven climbers and hikers die in Swiss Alps
View of the Täschhorn near Saas Fee. Photo: Valais cantonal police

Seven climbers and hikers die in Swiss Alps

3 days ago

At least seven people died in the Swiss Alps while climbing or hiking at the weekend, police report.

Alpine dam disaster remembered 50 years on
Aerial view of Mattmark dam. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Alpine dam disaster remembered 50 years on

August 30, 2015

More than 1,000 people gathered at the Mattmark hydro dam in the canton of Valais Alps on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a natural disaster that killed 88 workers, including 56 Italians.

Refugee crisis
Swiss pledge help for Balkans on refugee crisis
A Syrian couple waits with other migrants for the train near a train station in Macedonia. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP

Swiss pledge help for Balkans on refugee crisis

August 30, 2015

Switzerland said on Sunday it was planning to send financial assistance to help Balkans nations cope with the massive numbers of migrants and refugees passing through in a bid to reach the European Union.

One million throng Zurich techno party
Photo: Verein Street Parade, Zurich

One million throng Zurich techno party

August 30, 2015

Around one million people thronged the streets of a sun-drenched Zurich on Saturday to take part in the city's annual techno Street Parade, organizers said.

Swiss repay Norwegian creditors after huge fraud
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss repay Norwegian creditors after huge fraud

August 29, 2015

Swiss authorities will repay creditors around 700,000 francs in embezzled funds stashed in a Swiss bank account, in one of Norway's biggest-ever bankruptcies, prosecutors said this week.

Migrant crisis
Swiss join bid to combat refugee smuggling
Forensic officers work at a truck found to contain dead migrants on a motorway in Austria on Thursday. Photo: Dieter Nagl/AFP

Swiss join bid to combat refugee smuggling

August 28, 2015

Switzerland, Germany and Italy are preparing to launch a joint task force to detect and dismantle networks smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

Swiss economy shows surprising growth in Q2
The Swiss economy continues to show resilience. Photo: Mike Chapman

Swiss economy shows surprising growth in Q2

August 28, 2015

Domestic spending kept Switzerland’s economy expanding in the second quarter as government figures released on Friday showed a surprise upturn in growth.

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