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Switzerland: Federal republic in Central Europe
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated in the confluence of western, central, and southern Europe. It is a federal republic composed of 26 cantons, with federal authorities seated in Bern. Switzerland is a landlocked country bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. It is geographically divided among the Swiss Plateau, the Alps, and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi), and land area of 39,997 km2 (15,443 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are located, among them the two global cities and economic centres of Zürich and Geneva.

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'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and a crowd of some 10,000 protesters marched in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday before many of them head to Davos next week to challenge political and business..
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Leaders fear for planet as they pack for 'green' Davos

Climate change and environmental destruction top the risks highlighted by world decision-makers in a survey ahead of the 2020 gathering of the global elite in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.
Reuters - Published

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Greta Thunberg joins Lausanne climate march ahead of Davos [Video]Greta Thunberg joins Lausanne climate march ahead of Davos

Thunberg marched with hundreds of climate activists in the western Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday, urging action ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos next week.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published

Greta Thunberg addresses climate march in Switzerland [Video]Greta Thunberg addresses climate march in Switzerland

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg addresses climate march taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland. The young climate campaigner told the crowd that she was speaking exactly one year after her initial..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:46Published

Fears for planet to dominate "green" Davos [Video]Fears for planet to dominate "green" Davos

Climate change and environmental destruction are among the top concerns of world decision-makers as they pack their bags and head for next week's World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain resort of..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:12Published

Naasz and Legere race to wins at Red Bull Ice Cross in France [Video]Naasz and Legere race to wins at Red Bull Ice Cross in France

Wins for Cameron Naasz and Jacqueline Legere at the second round of the Ice Cross World Championship.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:43Published

Bach says e-sports should be considered for future Olympics [Video]Bach says e-sports should be considered for future Olympics

IOC President Thomas Bach says e-sports should be considered for future Olympics, FIFA's Infantino voted into IOC

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Bach hoping for quick, unambiguous ruling from CAS in Russia doping case [Video]Bach hoping for quick, unambiguous ruling from CAS in Russia doping case

IOC President Thomas Bach says he is hoping for quick, unambiguous ruling from CAS in Russia doping case

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Keep politics out of 2020 Tokyo Games, says IOC's Bach [Video]Keep politics out of 2020 Tokyo Games, says IOC's Bach

Politicians and athletes should keep politics out of this year's Tokyo Olympic Games to protect the event's neutrality and its status as a peaceful meeting place, International Olympic Committee..

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IOC President expresses sadness after Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony rehearsal accident [Video]IOC President expresses sadness after Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony rehearsal accident

Thomas Bach says he is saddened after an accident during a Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony rehearsal left a performer badly injured.

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IOC "saddened" by accident during Youth Olympic Games rehearsal [Video]IOC "saddened" by accident during Youth Olympic Games rehearsal

The Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday (January 8) said it was "saddened" by the accident that happened the day before on the Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony rehersal, in which a 35 year old..

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Imagine waking up to this view! [Video]Imagine waking up to this view!

Swiss hotel offers a room with an amazing mountain view

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Olympic flame crosses Swiss-French border [Video]Olympic flame crosses Swiss-French border

VIDEO SHOWS: VARIOUS OF OLYMPIC FLAME CROSSING FROM FRANCE INTO SWITZERLAND SHOWS: BOIS-D'AMONT, FRANCE (RECENT) (THE IOC - ACCESS ALL) 1. CHILDREN HOLDING A FLAG ADVERTISING LAUSANNE 2020 YOUTH

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Wins for Marco Dallago and Anais Morand in Ice Cross season opener [Video]Wins for Marco Dallago and Anais Morand in Ice Cross season opener

Marco Dallago and Anais Morand win the opening round of the Ice Cross world championship held in Judenburg.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:48Published

Rescuers comb Austrian, Swiss avalanches in case of victims [Video]Rescuers comb Austrian, Swiss avalanches in case of victims

Rescuers hunted for possible victims of three avalanches that hit the Austrian ski resort of Ankogel and one at the Swiss resort of Andermatt on Thursday, injuring at least two people.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:15Published

Swatch ruling could stop Swiss watches ticking [Video]Swatch ruling could stop Swiss watches ticking

Famous Swiss watchmakers may not have movements to put in their timepieces after a ruling by the country's competition watchdog. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

Smart city concepts shine at ITU Telecom World in Busan [Video]Smart city concepts shine at ITU Telecom World in Busan

South Korea’s second city of Busan hosted this year’s ITU Telecom World event, bringing together governments, tech firms and startups to discuss new digital technologies. Smart cities One of the..

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U.S. anti-doping chief calls WADA's Russia punishment inadequate [Video]U.S. anti-doping chief calls WADA's Russia punishment inadequate

Travis Tygart says "Russia's behavior hasn't changed" and that new ruling still allows the country to send a full delegation to the Tokyo games

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:16Published

Russia banned for four years confirms WADA president Reedie [Video]Russia banned for four years confirms WADA president Reedie

The World Anti-Doping Agency confirms that Russia is banned for the next four years from the world's top sporting events including Olympics and the World Cup following doping irregularities.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 03:10Published

Russia banned from Olympics for four years over doping scandal [Video]Russia banned from Olympics for four years over doping scandal

Russia has been handed a four-year global ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Adam Reed Reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:53Published

Russia banned for four years, confirms WADA President Reedie [Video]Russia banned for four years, confirms WADA President Reedie

The World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from competing in all forms of major sporting tournaments for four years.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:00Published

Russia to learn its fate on potential Olympic ban on Monday [Video]Russia to learn its fate on potential Olympic ban on Monday

Russian athletes could be barred from the Tokyo Olympic Games when the World Anti-Doping Agency executive committee meets on Monday. Emer McCarthy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:34Published

"Mandatory" for IOC to accept any Russian sanctions, says Bach [Video]"Mandatory" for IOC to accept any Russian sanctions, says Bach

The head of the International Olympic Committee says it would have to abide by any sanctions imposed on Russia by WADA.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:19Published

FIFA's Infantino proposed as IOC member, but not Coe - Bach [Video]FIFA's Infantino proposed as IOC member, but not Coe - Bach

Sebastian Coe's conflict of interests means he will have to wait to join the International Olympic Committee, says President Thomas Bach.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:12Published

UEFA president criticises VAR use, says football needs uncertainty [Video]UEFA president criticises VAR use, says football needs uncertainty

UEFA chief criticizes VAR technology saying it should be less invasive and that football needs some uncertainty.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:31Published

 

Swiss oppose drive to end free movement of EU citizens: poll

Most Swiss oppose a referendum campaign launched by the far right to end the free movement of citizens from the European Union, a poll published on Sunday found.
Reuters - Published

Iran summons Swiss envoy again to answer U.S. message: state media

Iran summoned a Swiss envoy for a second time on Friday to deliver its answer to a U.S. message, Iranian state media said, hours after a Swiss diplomat delivered Washington's communication over the..
Reuters - Published

Swiss deliver U.S. message to Iran over Soleimani killing

A Swiss diplomat delivered a message from the United States to Iran on Friday over the U.S. killing of senior Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, the Swiss foreign ministry said.
Reuters - Published

Rescuers comb Austrian, Swiss avalanches in case of victims

Rescuers hunted for possible victims of three avalanches that hit the Austrian ski resort of Ankogel and one at the Swiss resort of Andermatt on Thursday, injuring at least two people.
Reuters - Published

Avalanches hit Austrian, Swiss ski resorts, at least two injured

Three avalanches hit the Austrian ski resort of Ankogel and one the Swiss resort of Andermatt on Thursday, injuring at least two people and prompting major rescue operations, police said.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Ukrainian tycoon's lawyer says he lent money to Giuliani associate

A Swiss lawyer said on Wednesday he had lent $1 million to Lev Parnas, an associate of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and Parnas' wife in order for them to buy a home in..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Swiss humanitarian channel to Iran seen within months - Swiss, U.S. officials

A humanitarian channel to bring food and medicine to Iran could be up and running within months, senior Swiss and U.S. officials told Reuters, helping supply Swiss goods to the struggling population..
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Swiss Greens fall short in bid for first cabinet seat

Environmentalist Greens failed to win a seat in the Swiss federal government on Wednesday, unable to persuade parliament to oust a sitting minister and make room for an upstart party that made record..
Reuters - Published

Switzerland's search dogs get ready for deadly avalanche season

Doctors and search dogs took to the skies in a helicopter on Friday to practice rescuing hikers and skiers in the build-up to the Swiss Alps' deadly avalanche season.
Reuters - Published

Belgian lawyer accused in Swiss court of laundering family shares in InBev

A Belgian lawyer appeared in a Geneva court on Monday accused of money-laundering and falsifying documents in a case involving Belgium's richest family, who say she swindled missing shares in brewer..
Reuters - Published

Hungary charges Ukrainian captain over deadly boat collision on Danube

Hungarian prosecutors on Thursday charged the Ukrainian captain of a Swiss cruise liner which hit and sank another boat in May with misconduct leading to mass casualties and 35 counts of failing to..
Reuters - Published

Swiss revamp antiquated money laundering, terrorism reporting system

Switzerland is revamping its system to report suspected money laundering or terrorism financing, the government said on Wednesday, abandoning a 21-year-old system that requires suspicious transactions..
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Backstory: Slowing down to see Switzerland's melting glaciers

Reuters photographer Denis Balibouse spent years shooting fast-moving subjects in fast-breaking events – the winning goal in a Europa League soccer clash, the confrontation in an Extinction Rebellion..
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New photos vs old: comparisons show dramatic Swiss glacier retreat

On the hairpin bend of a Swiss mountain pass, a Victorian-era hotel built for tourists to admire the Rhone Glacier has been abandoned now that the ice has retreated nearly 2 km (1.2 miles) uphill.
Reuters - Published

Iran summons Swiss ambassador over U.S. comments about petrol price hike unrest: state media

Iran's foreign ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador in Tehran on Wednesday over U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's support for protesters demonstrating about fuel price hikes, the official IRNA..
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Jordan says three Mexicans, one Swiss wounded in stabbing at tourist spot

Jordan's minister of health said three Mexicans and one Swiss tourist were wounded along with four Jordanians when a man went on a stabbing rampage in Jersah city, a major tourist destination near..
Reuters - Published

On trial: Swiss judicial system to face people's verdict

Swiss supreme court judges are members of political parties, they may rely on their party's support to be elected and re-elected, and they donate thousands of francs a year to party coffers.
Reuters - Published

Swiss investigate J. Safra Sarasin amid Brazilian 'car wash' probe

Swiss federal prosecutors said they had opened an investigation of private bank J. Safra Sarasin as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe surrounding Brazilian state oil company Petrobras and..
Reuters - Published

Swiss financiers face Green backlash after election

Switzerland's Greens took aim at the country's financial services sector after parliamentary election gains which shifted the balance of political power to the left.
Reuters - Published

Greens surge in Swiss election as climate change worries come to the fore

Support for the Greens surged in Switzerland's election on Sunday, moving politics to the left and putting environmentalists in the mix for a seat in the broad coalition that has governed the country..
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Environmentalists gain, far right loses ground in Swiss election

The Greens made strong gains in Switzerland's election on Sunday while the far-right party lost ground, early results showed, potentially putting environmentalists in the mix for a seat in the..
Reuters - Published

Environmentalist Greens gain as Swiss elect parliament: projection

The far-right Swiss People's Party was on track to remain in first place in a parliamentary election in Switzerland on Sunday
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Climate fears catapult Greens into mix for Swiss cabinet seat

Perched nearly 2,000 meters above the Swiss ski village of Lenk, a lake has emerged as the Plaine Morte glacier melts. When it burst it sent billions of liters of water gushing into the valley below..
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Chances of Swiss-EU treaty deal this month have vanished, sources say

Switzerland has abandoned hopes of reaching an agreement with the European Union on a new treaty this month, frustrated by its inability to forge domestic consensus on how to its approach its biggest..
Reuters - Published

Swiss banks benefit as rich Britons line up escape route from Brexit chaos

Swiss private banks have seen a sharp rise in British clients who are moving assets offshore to escape a chaotic Brexit, several sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.
Reuters - Published

Supercars seized from Equatorial Guinea vice president net $27 million at auction

A collection of 25 supercars seized from Equatorial Guinea's vice president as part of a Swiss money-laundering probe fetched nearly 27 million Swiss francs ($27 million) at an auction held by Bonhams..
Reuters - Published

Swiss AG Lauber, under cloud of FIFA scandal, elected to third term

The Swiss parliament on Wednesday approved Attorney General Michael Lauber for a third term, opting for continuity despite impending disciplinary proceedings over his handling of a soccer corruption..
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Swiss parliament re-elects attorney general Lauber amid FIFA scandal

The Swiss parliament on Wednesday approved Attorney General Michael Lauber for a third term, opting for continuity despite disciplinary proceedings against him triggered by his handling of a soccer..
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Climate activists hold event to mark vanishing Swiss glacier

Hundreds of climate activists paid their respects to a Swiss glacier on Sunday that is due to disappear over the next decade, the victim of a warming environment.
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Swiss revoke citizenship from dual-national Islamic State recruiter

Switzerland has revoked the citizenship of a man convicted of helping recruit jihadist fighters, invoking a law allowing dual nationals to be stripped of their Swiss passports for conduct detrimental..
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British musician couple killed in Swiss light aircraft crash

A British composer of film and television music and an acclaimed saxophonist died along with their baby in a plane crash in Switzerland on Sunday, a family spokesman said on Tuesday.
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Steinmetz will fight corruption charges in Geneva court: lawyer

Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz rejects Swiss corruption charges against him in connection with winning mining contracts in Guinea and will appear in court to fight them, his Geneva lawyer told..
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Geneva prosecutors indict billionaire Steinmetz in Guinea corruption case

A Swiss prosecutor said on Monday he was seeking prison terms for Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and two associates over the alleged payment of bribes linked to the allocation of mining licences in..
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Man, girl missing after violent storm in Switzerland: police

A man and six-year-old girl are missing after their car was swept away by a torrent of mud triggered by a flash flood in southwestern Switzerland, police in Valais canton said on Monday as dozens of..
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Thieves make off with jewelry designed by Swiss artist Giger

Smash-and-grab thieves have stolen jewelry designed by Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger, famous for creating the nightmarish creature in Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi film Alien.
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'Miracle' needed for quick EU-Swiss treaty deal, Swiss minister says

It would take a "miracle" for Switzerland and the European Union to clinch a quick deal over a stalled partnership treaty that has disrupted cross-border share trading and strained bilateral ties,..
Reuters - Published

Man accused of pushing boy under German train was wanted by Swiss

A 40-year-old Eritrean refugee accused of killing an eight-year-old boy by pushing him under a train in Frankfurt was wanted by police in Switzerland, where he was being treated for psychological..
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Swiss minister under fire for tobacco sponsorship of Expo pavilion

Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis is under fire from the nation's medical elite over a 1.8 million Swiss francs ($1.8 million) sponsoring deal with tobacco giant Philip Morris International to help..
Reuters - Published

Swiss agree to extradite Chinese scientist to U.S. on theft charges

Switzerland has agreed to extradite a Chinese researcher to the United States where prosecutors have charged him with helping his scientist sister steal secrets allegedly worth $550 million from..
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Climate protesters arrested outside Swiss banks

Environmental activists, seeking to pressure Swiss banks into halting the financing of fossil fuels, blocked entrances to Credit Suisse in Zurich and UBS in Basel on Monday before police intervened and..
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U.S. seeks extradition of Chinese researcher in drug secrets theft

The United States wants Switzerland to extradite a Chinese researcher accused of helping his scientist sister steal secrets worth $550 million from drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline , Swiss documents released..
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Swiss-EU relations risk downward spiral as bourse row flares

A skirmish over stock market access between Switzerland and the European Union risks escalating into a broader political battle over sovereignty that could do lasting damage to relations.
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Soccer: Switzerland forward Ismaili missing in swimming accident in Italy

Switzerland forward Florijana Ismaili has been declared missing after a swimming accident on Lake Como in Italy, her club said on Sunday.
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Swiss government to mediate Cameroon peace talks

Switzerland has agreed to mediate talks between Cameroonian authorities and separatists in a bid to end escalating violence in the country's Anglophone regions, the Swiss government said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Israel seeks Swiss help in overseas tax crackdown

Israel's finance ministry has sought help from Switzerland in identifying Israelis it believes have undeclared assets at Union Bancaire Privee (UBP) and Bank Julius Baer, Swiss government documents..
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Swiss to return $133 million to Uzbekistan after money laundering probe

The Swiss attorney general's office on Monday said it was returning 130 million Swiss francs ($133 million) to Uzbekistan which it seized during am investigation involving a relative of the daughter of..
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Italy protests Swiss delay in releasing evidence in Nigeria graft case

Italian prosecutors have complained to Switzerland about lengthy delays in obtaining evidence they have requested in an international corruption case involving oil firms Shell and Eni, a source..
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Iran protests to Swiss envoy over U.S. drone airspace 'violation': Fars

Iran protested on Thursday to the Swiss envoy in Tehran as the representative of U.S. interests over what Iran said was a violation of its airspace by a U.S. drone which Iranian forces shot down, the..
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