Switzerland

Political veteran Doris Leuthard elected Swiss president for 2017

Centre-right politician Doris Leuthard will serve as Swiss president next year, the parliament decided Wednesday in Bern.

Swiss voters reject ambitious time table for nuclear phaseout

Switzerland will not adopt an ambitious time table for taking the country's five nuclear power plants off the grid by 2029, a 54-per-cent majority of Swiss voters decided Sunday.

Swiss defend title of world's richest people

The Swiss are the richest people in the world, with an average wealth of 561,900 dollars per adult, Credit Suisse said in its annual global wealth report on Tuesday, confirming Switzerland's top...

Swiss take countrywide bird flu precautions as virus route emerges

Poultry farmers across Switzerland have been ordered to feed their animals indoors to halt the outbreak of bird flu that has spread in several European countries, the Swiss veterinary authority...

Depay lifts Dutch 3-1 past Luxembourg; Swiss remain perfect

Substitute Memphis Depay spared the Netherlands blushes on Sunday with a second-half brace for a 3-1 win in World Cup qualifying at minnows Luxembourg.

Medjimurje wins prestigious tourism award

Croatia's northern Medjimurje region has won the Swiss Tourism Award (STA) for the promotion of quality tourism, protection and positioning of natural and cultural heritage, promotion of...

UN chief Ban sees Cyprus solution "within reach" at Swiss talks

The Turkish and Greek halves of Cyprus have come "within reach" of bridging the division of their island after more than 40 years, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Monday at the start of a...

Turkey threatens to stop refugee deal before end of the year

Turkey will end its refugee deal with the European Union before the end of December if the EU does not soon ease visa restrictions for Turks, Ankara's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Swiss...

International talks on Syria in Switzerland end in silence

Talks between the United States, Russia, and regional stakeholders in the Syrian conflict ended Saturday evening in the Swiss city of Lausanne with no concrete results known.

Two die as Swiss army helicopter crashes on Alpine mountain pass

Two Swiss army pilots were killed Wednesday when their helicopter crashed on the St Gotthard mountain pass, air force commander Aldo Schellenberg said.

Swiss intelligence agency given greater surveillance powers

Swiss voters on Sunday gave their national intelligence service greater powers to spy on terrorist suspects and cyber criminals.

Swiss voters to decide on secret service's surveillance powers

Swiss voters went to the polls on Sunday to decide whether the national intelligence service should be granted greater powers to spy on terrorist suspects and cyber criminals.

Swiss probe Beckenbauer, ex-DFB officials over World Cup payment

Swiss prosecuting authorities have opened criminal proceedings against football great Franz Beckenbauer and former senior German football federation officials in connection with a payment made...

German lawmaker sees Britain's EU future on par with Turkey, Ukraine

Britain and its 27 EU partners face the thorny task of hashing out their future relationship after the country voted in June to leave the bloc - a complicated process that will take several years...

Knife-wielding assailant dies after launching Swiss train attack

A female train passenger and the Swiss man who attacked her both died on Sunday, one day after he launched a knife and fire assault on a train in north-eastern Switzerland, police said.