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Driver ‘wanted to play DVD’ just before crash

The driver of a bus that crashed in Switzerland, killing 22 schoolchildren and six adults, had wanted to play a DVD just before the crash, Swiss and Belgian papers reported on Thursday.

Swiss bank giant UBS slashes staff bonuses

Swiss bank giant UBS slashes staff bonuses

Swiss banking giant UBS said on Thursday it had slashed overall 2011 staff bonuses by 40 percent to 2.6 billion francs ($2.8 billion) due to weaker profits in a tough market.

‘Bern needs nap cabs for daytime dozers’

‘Bern needs nap cabs for daytime dozers’

Following the rejection of the six-week holiday initiative, one Bernese councillor is considering steps to alleviate stress and fatigue with the introduction of ‘nap cabs’.

No need for longer opening hours: Swiss

No need for longer opening hours: Swiss

The majority of Swiss are happy with the current shop-opening hours, a survey conducted in February shows. 

Swiss edge closer to gay adoption

Swiss edge closer to gay adoption

Switzerland's upper house of parliament, the Council of States, decided on Wednesday by 21 votes to 19 to give same-sex couples the right to adopt children.

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Swiss press question safety of crash tunnel

The Swiss press on Thursday raised questions about the safety of the tunnel where a coach crashed and killed 22 school children and six adults from Belgium as they returned from a
skiing holiday.

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Switzerland raises 2012 growth forecast

The Swiss government on Thursday revised its 2012 growth forecast slightly higher to 0.8 percent, while pointing to signs of improvement in the eurozone debt crisis.

Central bank holds firm on key interest rate

Central bank holds firm on key interest rate

The Swiss National Bank said Thursday that it would continue to keep the Swiss franc from gaining too much in value against the euro, as the SNP kept its reference interest rate close to zero.

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Relatives identifying crash victims: police

Relatives of victims of the coach crash that killed 22 children and six adults in a Swiss alpine tunnel as they returned from a skiing holiday arrived at the morgue Thursday to identify the bodies.

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Rescuers recount ‘war scene’ at bus crash site

Seasoned rescuers and good Samaritans spoke of their shock Wednesday after battling through a "war scene" to free survivors trapped in the mangled wreckage of a school coach that crashed in Switzerland.

Parents visit crash site after Alps coach tragedy

Parents visit crash site after Alps coach tragedy

Grieving parents laid flowers Thursday at the site of a bus crash in the Swiss Alps which killed 22 children as investigators tried to work out why the driver ploughed into a tunnel wall.