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Violent fare-dodger jailed by Zurich court

Violent fare-dodger jailed by Zurich court

An Austrian man who tried to evade police after being caught fare-dodging in Zurich last year was jailed this week for pulling a gun on his pursuers and firing several shots.

Lost passenger sparks Geneva airport scare

Lost passenger sparks Geneva airport scare

A lost passenger sparked a security alert at Geneva airport on Thursday that forced staff to halt boarding and caused disruption to several flights, a spokesman said.

Julius Bär sued over 'lost' East German cash

Julius Bär sued over 'lost' East German cash

Berlin is suing one of Switzerland's largest banks in its bid to recuperate hundreds of million euros that went missing during the reunification of East and West Germany, the bank said on Thursday.

Swiss travel firm Kuoni suffers weak results

Swiss travel firm Kuoni suffers weak results

Shares in Switzerland-based global travel group Kuoni plunged on Thursday after the company posted weak results for the first half of 2014, blaming unrest in many parts of the world.

Swiss mountains claim latest hiker victim

Swiss mountains claim latest hiker victim

A 64-year-old German man died in the Bernese alps on Wednesday morning after slipping on a snowy path and falling several hundred metres to his death, cantonal police confirmed.

Zurich airport staff in baggage fine prize draw

Zurich airport staff in baggage fine prize draw

Airport handlers Swissport and Swiss International Airlines have launched a competition for check-in desk staff at Zurich airport to encourage them to dish out more overweight baggage fines to passengers.

Swiss Post SMS scheme gets stamp of approval

Swiss Post SMS scheme gets stamp of approval

Swiss Post's pilot scheme selling postage stamps by text message is to become a permanent service on September 1st, after 100,000 SMS stamps were sold during the one-year trial.

'Suicide tourists' double in three years

'Suicide tourists' double in three years

A total of 172 "suicide tourists" travelled to Switzerland in 2012 – double the 2009 number – to die with medical assistance, a practice prohibited in many countries, a study said on Thursday.

Swiss goalie retires from international football

Swiss goalie retires from international football

Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio announced his international retirement on Wednesday, saying that he wanted to concentrate on his club career with German side Wolfsburg.