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At the Large Hadron Collider, a peek at the future of science

“Don’t lose sight of me.” Physicist Abhigyan Dasgupta – “Riju” to his family and friends – looks over his shoulder to caution our 12-member group as we prepare to descend …


New heat wave in Europe starts to breaks records

Europeans cooled off in public fountains Wednesday as a new heat wave spread across parts of the continent and is already breaking records.


Swiss air force team apologizes for fly-by in wrong place

The commander of the Swiss air force’s aerial display team has apologized after his unit performed a low-altitude pass over the wrong municipality.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick sends Portugal into UEFA Nations League final

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Portugal defeated Switzerland 3-1 to reach the final of the inaugural UEFA’s Nations League. Ronaldo converted a first-half free kick then netted two …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $5.1 billion penalty

A French court ordered Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in fines and damages for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, wrapping up one …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

Ex-Vatican prelate convicted of corruption in smuggling case

Italian news agency ANSA says a monsignor who had worked as a senior Vatican accountant has been convicted of corruption in connection with a failed cash-smuggling plot.


Unblocking naked Venus: Facebook OKs museum nudes after all

It seems Facebook can be friends with a topless Venus after all. The social media giant said Tuesday it mistakenly blocked a museum in Switzerland from using images of two …


Who’s the daddy? Surprise in Swiss orangutan paternity test

A paternity test on a baby orangutan has come back with a surprising result after Basel Zoo in northwestern Switzerland said Thursday the test showed 5-month-old Padma wasn’t fathered by …


Heavy snow in Germany, Austria causes chaos for travelers

Heavy snow caused travel chaos in parts of Germany and Austria as authorities closed roads and train routes because of avalanche danger and airports reported weather-related cancellations Saturday.


Swiss reject plan to entice herders to save cow, goat horns

GENEVA – Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a national referendum on a cattle farmer’s proposal to have the government subsidize herders of goats and cows if they let their animals …


The military draft is making a comeback in Europe

For many young Europeans, a post-high-school “gap year” has become a rite of passage, with many enjoying a year to travel the world and celebrate their newfound freedom. But a …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018

Vintage plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board

A vintage propeller plane plunged near-vertically into a Swiss mountain, killing all 20 people on board as they returned from a two-day trip to southern Switzerland, investigators said Sunday.


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018

Emil Forsberg delivers for Sweden in 1-0 World Cup win over Switzerland

Emil Forsberg dropped his shoulder to create space at the edge of the area and scored with a deflected shot to earn the Swedes a 1-0 victory over Switzerland on …


World Cup kickoff: Well-rested Harry Kane still tops World Cup scorers

When Harry Kane takes the field for England on Tuesday, it will be his first match in nine days. He’s still the leading scorer at the World Cup.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018

Switzerland and Costa Rica draw 2-2; Swiss advance into round of 16 at World Cup

Switzerland has qualified for the round of 16 at the World Cup despite twice losing the lead in a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica. Costa Rica scored from a penalty …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018

Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri score for Swiss against Serbia, make Albanian symbol

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia at the World Cup and both celebrated by making a nationalist symbol to their ethnic Albanian heritage. Both …


Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia.


Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland

A 104-year-old Australian biologist who drew international attention to his right-to-die case ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday, an advocacy group said.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz wins final men’s World Cup downhill before Olympics

Beat Feuz won the last men’s World Cup downhill race before the Olympics to underline his status as a gold-medal favorite. The world champion completed the 3.3-kilometer (2-mile) Kandahar course …


Swiss prosecutors won’t pursue Polanski rape case

Swiss prosecutors say they won’t pursue an investigation of Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski over allegations by a German woman that he raped her when she was a teenager 45 years …


10 arrests in French, Swiss raids over suspected attack plot

Ten people suspected of using encrypted social networks to prepare a possible attack were arrested Tuesday during counterterrorism operations in France and Switzerland aimed at clarifying details of the alleged …


Gov. Inslee set to travel to Switzerland, Germany and Italy

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee leaves next week for an 11-day trip to Switzerland, Germany and Italy to talk about apprenticeships, aerospace and climate.


Teen attacks, wounds several people with ax in Switzerland

A 17-year-old boy apparently attacked and wounded several people with an ax in a small town in northeastern Switzerland on Sunday evening, police said.


27 people injured in train crash in central Switzerland

Swiss authorities are investigating the crash of a train locomotive into a string of passenger rail cars during a maneuvering operation that injured 27 people, though none seriously.


Yuck or yum? Swiss offer insect burgers of mealworm larvae

The Swiss supermarket chain Coop, to a bit of domestic hoopla, has begun selling burgers and balls made from insects. It’s being billed as a legal first in Europe, a …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017

Swiss to vote on push for at least 4 weeks paternity leave

The Swiss government says petitioners have successfully collected enough signatures to launch a nationwide referendum that would grant new fathers at least 20 days of paid paternity leave, up from …


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017

Swiss police arrest man in chainsaw attack

A man suspected of wounding five people with a chainsaw was still on the loose Tuesday, Swiss police said, issuing an international arrest warrant amid a huge manhunt near the …


Man with chainsaw wounds 5 in Swiss city; manhunt on for him

A man armed with a chainsaw wounded five people at a health insurer’s office Monday in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen, police said, triggering a manhunt for a suspect …


Geneva: Looking for rainbows in the capitol of peace

This city’s Jet d’eau, a fountain in the middle of its namesake lake, is as much a symbol of Geneva as Big Ben is of London, the Eiffel Tower is …