Novartis buys Chinese vaccine maker

Novartis buys Chinese vaccine maker

Swiss pharmaceutical group Novartis said on Tuesday that it had acquired 85 percent of Chinese vaccines maker Zhejiang Tianyuan Bio-Pharmaceutical company.

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Swiss Re: Japan quake costs ‘over a billion’

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re estimated on Monday that Japan's earthquake and tsunami have cost it some $1.2 billion, but said this figure could be revised upwards.

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Three Germans killed in avalanche

Three German skiers were killed in an avalanche in eastern Switzerland's Alps, local police said Sunday.

Swiss diplomats ditch Tokyo

Swiss diplomats ditch Tokyo

Swiss authorities said Sunday their embassy in Tokyo will temporarily move to Osaka amid fears that wind changes could carry more radioactive particles from Japan's stricken nuclear plant to the capital.