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Nespresso pours $170 million into Swiss factory expansion

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Nespresso says the expansion of its production plant in Romont, Switzerland, would create 300 new direct jobs over the next 10 years

Photo from Nespresso website

Switzerland facing 6% contraction in 2020 – central bank

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:15 PM

The Swiss National Bank predicts Switzerland's economy would suffer its 'strongest decline since the oil crisis in the 1970s'

VIRUS CRISIS. A man wearing a mask is seen in front of the Swiss House of Parliament on March 13, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Switzerland grapples with its own 'George Floyd' case

Jun 16, 2020 - 2:37 PM

The global outcry over George Floyd's death pushes the Swiss to re-examine the death of Mike Ben Peter, a 37-year-old Nigerian man, in Lausanne in March 2018

FIGHT FOR MIKE BEN PETER. In this file photo taken on June 7, 2020, people hold a banner reading "Fight for Mike Ben Peter" during a protest against racism and police brutality in Lausanne in memory of Nigerian Mike Ben Peter who died in similar circumstances. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Switzerland economy shrinks 2.6% in Q1 2020

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The Swiss service sector is particularly affected by business closures and restrictions in the 1st quarter of 2020

This photograph taken on March 18, 2020, shows pedestrians as they walk in the near empty streets of the Alpine resort of Zermatt, near The Matterhorn Mountain, amid the spread of the COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. - The Swiss government on March 16, 2020, declared a state of emergency lasting until April 19 in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic. All shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment and leisure facilities had to shut down, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies and health facilities. (Photo by VALENTIN FLAURAUD / AFP)

Geneva Airport schedules tentative takeoff for June 15

May 28, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Flag carrier Swiss Air Lines and British no-frills carrier EasyJet will resume services from Geneva on June 15 – but to a fraction of their former destinations

Crisis costing Swiss economy up to $17 billion per month

May 10, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Swiss National Bank chief Thomas Jordan says the Swiss economy is currently functioning at just 70% to 80% of its normal level

SIGHT-SEEING. A tourist wearing a mask is seen in front of the Swiss House of Parliament on March 13, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss watchmakers see exports plunge amid pandemic

Apr 21, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Swiss watch exports fall 21.9% in March 2020 compared to a year earlier, with a range of markets seeing devastating declines

A couple walks in front of the Rolex watch retail shop at a shopping mall in Singapore SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES. Luxury Swiss watches including Rolexes and Franck Mullers are selling like hotcakes in Singapore as buyers anticipate a price hike due to the appreciation of the Swiss Franc, retailers here said on January 20. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Don't give in to fear, Swiss told as coronavirus cases almost double

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:57 AM

'Switzerland is a rich country. We won't leave anyone behind,' says President Simonetta Sommaruga

SIGHT-SEEING. A tourist wearing a mask is seen in front of the Swiss House of Parliament on March 13, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Switzerland reports first coronavirus death

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:12 PM

The woman was hospitalized in the city of Lausanne with the virus on Tuesday and died overnight

2 Swiss high school classes quarantined over coronavirus

Mar 02, 2020 - 12:05 AM

The move at the Bienne technical high school marks the first measures against the coronavirus that affect a school in Switzerland

RESPONSE. Flyers are placed on a table during a meeting of the taskforce of the Federal Office of Public Health on the prevention of the further spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, on Friday 28 February 2020 in Bern. Photo by Peter Klaunze/AFP

Switzerland reports first case of new coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:34 AM

The report comes after outbreaks were identified in Switzerland's main neighbors Austria, France, Germany, and Italy

MOBBED. Team leader of the joint mission between World Health Organization (WHO) and China on COVID-19 Bruce Aylward (C) talks to journalists following a press conference at the WHO headquarters on February 25, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Switzerland votes for law against homophobia

Feb 09, 2020 - 10:57 PM

The new law bans denigrating or discriminating against someone for being gay or inciting hatred against that person in text, speech, images or gestures

DIVERSITY. The nightclub shooting in Orlando is the worst mass shooting incident in American history. Rappler file photo.

Switzerland votes on new law against homophobia

Feb 09, 2020 - 11:53 AM

The new law would widen existing legislation against discrimination or incitement to hatred on ethnic or religious grounds to include sexual orientation.

HOMOPHOBIA IN SWITZERLAND. A campaign poster showing gagged Swiss MP Celine Amaudruz of right wing populist Swiss People's Party and asking Swiss voters in a referendum to reject a proposed ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation on January 30, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S. tells Thunberg to 'study economics' in Davos climate spat

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:35 AM

The spat between US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Greta Thunberg highlights the tensions over climate change at the World Economic Forum in Davos

MNUCHIN. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attends a session at the Congres center during the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 21, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Suspected Russian 'plumber' spies found in Davos in 2019

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:33 PM

A Swiss newspaper says the two men, who were stopped but not arrested in August 2019, were suspected of carrying out 'preparatory work' for spying on the World Economic Forum, which is taking place in Davos this week

Trump rejects climate 'prophets of doom' as Thunberg warns Davos

Jan 21, 2020 - 6:30 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Greta Thunberg underlines the message that has inspired millions around the world – that governments are failing to wake up to the reality of climate change

TRUMP AT DAVOS. US President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum  annual meeting in Davos, on January 21, 2020. (Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

'Green Swan': Bankers warn of climate change risks

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Climate risks could generate a 'green swan' – a reference to the concept of an unpredictable and devastating 'black swan' event developed by philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against climate change on April 6, 2019 in Lausanne. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Billionaires richer than 60% of the world's population – Oxfam

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:59 PM

Oxfam says poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in '12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day,' estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year.

During impeachment trial, Trump will be chilling in Swiss resort

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:34 AM

President Donald Trump will be chilling in Davos, where the world's movers and shakers gather each year for informal discussions on weighty issues. Detractors call it a talking shop for out-of-touch billionaires and celebrities.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a round table discussion on business and red tape reduction in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Davos bosses sound alarm over climate, political fires

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:06 PM

The World Economic Forum says the survey is a call to arms as wildfires rage in Australia and governments struggle to articulate collective action on climate change

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM. In this file photo taken on January 21, 2019, a man walks past a sign of the World Economic Forum (WEF) ahead of the WEF annual meeting at the Congress Centre in Davos, eastern Switzerland. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump to headline Davos summit

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The meeting's theme this year is 'Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World' and it will place an emphasis on a more inclusive model of capitalism

TRUMP IN DAVOS. US President Donald Trump waves after delivering his speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 26, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

At 50, Europe's oldest nuclear plant not ready to retire

Dec 05, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Commercial operation began at Switzerland's Beznau plant on December 9, 1969 – back when The Beatles were still together and a man had just walked on the Moon

This picture taken on July 9, 2019, shows a general view of Switzerland's Beznau nuclear plant near Dottingen. Europe's oldest functioning nuclear reactor, at Switzerland's Beznau plant, will turn 50 next week -- a lifespan deemed dangerously long by environmentalists who are demanding that it be shut down immediately. Commercial operation began at the plant in the northern canton of Aargau, near the German border, on December 9, 1969 -- back when The Beatles were still together and a man had just walked on the Moon. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

EU removes Switzerland, UAE from tax haven list

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The European Union says Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries which have implemented tax reforms

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Swiss to hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier

Sep 22, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Clad in black, the marchers will hold the 'funeral march' up the side of the Pizol mountain to the foot of the steep and rapidly melting ice formation

MELTED ICE. This handout picture taken on September 4, 2019 and provided by Matthias Huss, glaciologist at the ETH technical university in Zurich, shows the vanished Pizol glacier in the Swiss Alps, above Mels. Photo by Handout/ETH Zurich /Matthias Huss/AFP)

Health fears prompt Swiss 5G revolt

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Studies are underway assessing the effects of 5G frequencies on one's health, including one by the World Health Organization

ANTI-5G. Opponent of the deployment of antennas for the 5G mobile network service, Swiss Olivier Pahud, holds a placard reading '4G good enough' during a protest staged the four of each month in Geneva, on September 4, 2019. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss watchdog 'in contact' with Facebook cryptocurrency backers

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Given Facebook's international reach, global regulators are unlikely to leave supervision of the Libra cryptocurrency entirely to the Swiss

Swiss regulators fine banks over forex rigging 'cartels'

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan, MUFG Bank, and Royal Bank of Scotland are hit with fines totaling around $90 million

A logo is picture above a branch of Barclays bank in central London on July 25, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Eco-friendly countries to visit on your next trip

Apr 16, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Are you an eco warrior? You may want to add these countries to your bucket list.

Tens of thousands protest climate change in Switzerland

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:55 AM

'Save the climate please: It's the last time we ask politely,' reads one of the placards at the Lausanne demonstration

SAVE THE EARTH. Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against climate change on April 6, 2019 in Lausanne. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Strong Swiss gun culture faces EU pressure

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Switzerland has the world's 16th highest rate of gun ownership according to a 2017 report by the Small Arms Survey

A visitor checks a label attached to a rifle displyed during the 45th edition of the Arms Trade Fair, in Lucerne, on March 29, 2019. Switzerland, where gun culture has deep roots, has managed to avoid the charged national debates surrounding firearm ownership that have consumed other countries. But in a country where compulsory military service means that many are comfortable around weapons, voters might, in a May 2019 referendum, push back against gun reforms demanded by the European Union.  STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Aicelle Santos and Mark Zambrano's prenup shoot in Switzerland

Mar 22, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The couple get cozy in wintry Switzerland

IN LOVE. Aicelle Santos and Mark Zambrano in Switzerland. Photo from Instagram.com/niceprintphoto

1 dead after Swiss avalanche, rescue search paused

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:53 PM

(UPDATED) Four people have been reported as injured in the avalanche on February 19 at the Crans-Montana ski station in southern Switzerland

Geneva to ban religious symbols on public employees

Feb 10, 2019 - 10:57 PM

Critics claim the law will have an oppressive and discriminatory effect

World's 26 richest own same as poorest half of humanity – Oxfam

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:23 AM

'The super-rich and corporations are paying lower rates of tax than they have in decades,' and the result, Oxfam says, 'the human costs -- children without teachers, clinics without medicines –- are huge'

RICH GET RICHER. Oxfam said  This file photo taken on June 17, 2014 shows Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presenting the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, in Seattle, Washington. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the world's richest person on July 27, 2017, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Forbes magazine estimated. The magazine said its real-time tracking of personal fortunes showed Bezos with a net worth of $90.5 billion, ahead of the $90 billion for Gates. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / David Ryder

After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Cupping his hands around his mouth, the night watchman atop the Lausanne cathedral bell tower allows his voice to carry across the rooftops, just as his predecessors have done every evening since 1405

Marco Carrara, a replacement watchman, holds a lantern as he looks out from the Lausanne Cathedral bell tower, on December 17, 2018 in Lausanne. Every evening, the night watchman clambers to the top of the Lausanne cathedral bell tower and gets to work: he shouts out the time each hour, keeping a six-century-old tradition alive. The night watchman, one of the last in Europe, no longer alerts this Swiss city to fires, but he does help the residents to keep track of the time. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Federer wins record 3rd Hopman in dramatic fashion

Jan 05, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Switzerland rules the Hopman Cup for the second straight year as Roger Federer becomes the most successful player in tournament history

DOMINANT. Roger Federer sweeps Alexander Zverev in the the men's singles before teaming with Belinda Bencic in their winning mixed doubles pairing. Photo from Hopman Cup Twitter

Federer takes Swiss into Hopman Cup final, Serena completes sweep

Jan 03, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Switzerland stays on track of its title defense behind Roger Federer as Serena Williams sweeps her Hopman singles matches

STILL PERFECT. Roger Federer downs Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas to stretch his unbeaten run. Photo from Hopman Cup Twitter

Switzerland, Britain agree on post-Brexit citizens' rights

Dec 20, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The agreement preserves existing residency rights, social security claims and recognition of professional qualifications

Roger Federer claims 99th ATP title with 'crazy' Basel triumph

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The Swiss legend claims his ninth trophy at his home event

CHASING. Roger Federer will now aim for a 100th at the end of the season. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

U.S. tops global competitiveness rating, despite 'worrying' trends – WEF

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:46 AM

The World Economic Forum uses a new methodology for the 2018 edition of its annual Global Competitiveness Report to reflect shifts in a world increasingly transformed by new, digital technologies

World leaders to attend Kofi Annan's state funeral in Ghana

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo calls the funeral 'a major event for our country' and describes Annan as 'one of the most illustrious people of this generation'

KOFI ANNAN. Local chiefs, politicians and extended family members wait to pay their respects to Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a short illness, at the entrance of Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on September 12, 2018. Photo by Ruth McDowall/AFP

Swiss police confirm 20 dead in WWII vintage plane crash

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:20 PM

The aircraft, built in Germany in 1939, crashed into the Piz Segnas, a 3,000-metre (10,000-foot) peak in the east of Switzerland

Iran president in Europe to rally support for nuclear deal

Jul 02, 2018 - 11:52 PM

The tour, which also includes a stop in Austria, is part of Tehran's efforts to secure Europe's continued support for the landmark agreement aimed at preventing Iran from building the atomic bomb

ROUHANI IN SWITZERLAND. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) disembarks from an aircraft after his arrival at an airport in Kloten - Zurich Canton - on July 2, 2018, at the start of a two day official visit to Switzerland.  Photo by Ruben Sprich/AFP

World Cup 2018: The last 16

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Check out how the 16 teams rank ahead of the World Cup's knockout stages

STRONG START. Belgium (in red) downs England, 1-0, in their final group game to join Croatia and Uruguay as the only teams to win all 3 games in the group stage. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Kaspersky moves core processes from Russia to Switzerland to regain trust

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The company is working toward regaining trust on the global stage after the US government banned the purchase of Kaspersky software due to reported ties with Russian intelligence firms

ANTON SHINGAREV. Anton Shingarev, Vice President for Public Affairs and Head of the CEO Office at Kaspersky Lab, speaks at an event in Manila. Photo from press release.

Pope Francis seeks 'unity' with non-Catholics in Geneva

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Pope Franics is at Geneva at the invitation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which was created in 1948 and groups 350 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican churches from more than 100 countries around the world, with around half a billion believers among them

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis blesses children next to President of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset upon his arrival at Geneva Airport for a one-day visit at the invitation of the World Council of Churches (WWC) on June 21, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Tony Gentile/AFP

Brazil suffers first-night nerves in Swiss stalemate

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:11 AM

The Brazilians’ bid for a 6th World Cup gets off to a slow start as the favorites settle for a draw against the Swiss

CHALLENGE. Neymar (center) falls as a gritty Switzerland side keeps pace with powerhouse Brazil. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer still proving himself

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The 36-year-old Federer says, 'I also feel that I have less to prove today than in the past, but that doesn't mean I don't want it badly. I need to have that drive to be successful'

THE GREATEST. Swiss tennis player Roger Federer poses with his sportsman and comeback award trophies during the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony at the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex in Monaco on February 27, 2018. Photo by Valery Hacghe/AFP

Senate approves PH deal with European Free Trade Association states

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway will accord duty-free market access to all industrial and fishery products from the Philippines

Afghan man held after bomb threat near Bern station

Mar 03, 2018 - 8:38 AM

Two suspicious objects found in the man's possession are rendered harmless. There is no explosion or any injuries or damage.