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Cable car worker plunges to death in safety check

Cable car worker plunges to death in safety check

A 39-year-old worker checking a cable car during a safety inspection died on Tuesday afternoon after falling from a pylon near Zermatt in the canton of Valais, cantonal police said.

Switzerland's Bencic knocked out of US Open

Switzerland's Bencic knocked out of US Open

Unseeded Peng Shuai of China swept past Swiss teen Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the US Open women's tennis tournament semifinals.

Witnesses sought after police car runs over man

Witnesses sought after police car runs over man

Investigators are seeking witnesses after a police car ran over a 22-year-old man who died on the A1 motorway in the canton of Fribourg last week as officers responded to an assault complaint from another man who was with the victim earlier.

Ukraine conflict drives 500,000 from homes:UN

Fighting in Ukraine has driven over half a million people from their homes, the Geneva-based UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday, warning that the real number could be double that, in a crisis threatening the entire region.

Tories pledge to expand UK expat voting rights

Tories pledge to expand UK expat voting rights

The Conservative party in the UK is wooing expat voters by pledging to end the controversial “15-year rule” that prevents thousands of Brits in Switzerland and millions elsewhere abroad from being able to vote.

Swiss economy slows down in second quarter

Swiss economy slows down in second quarter

The Swiss economy ground to a halt in the second quarter of this year with the country's GDP (gross domestic product) unchanged from the first three months of 2014, government figures released on Tuesday show.

Nude selfies secretary agrees to step down

Nude selfies secretary agrees to step down

A Swiss parliament secretary who posted naked selfies on her Twitter account after posing for the photos in her government office has agreed to give up her job.

Wawrinka overcomes cramps in New York win

Wawrinka overcomes cramps in New York win

The Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka battled cramps and a frightening fall on Monday but emerged with a gutsy four-set victory over Tommy Robredo and a quarterfinal place in the US Open tennis tournament.