Switzerland

Lindsey Vonn speeds down the training course at the U.S. Ski Team training center at Copper Mountain, Colo. on Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow, File)

Speeding up return, Vonn 2nd in downhill training

VAL D’ISERE, France (AP) — Lindsey Vonn had the second-fastest run in World Cup downhill training Thursday as she increased the pace in her comeback from injury. The American finished only 0.04 seconds behind Dominique […]

12/19/2013

Yasser Arafat (AP Photo)

French expert report: No proof Arafat was poisoned

PARIS (AP) — Extensive reports by French scientists into Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death have ruled out poisoning by radioactive polonium, his widow said Tuesday. The results contradict earlier findings by a Swiss lab, and […]

12/03/2013

A newborn Okapi calf, right, and its mother, named Baraka, in their compound at the zoo in Los Angeles, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Zoo, Tad Motoyama, File)

Congo’s ‘forest giraffe’ on brink of extinction

GENEVA (AP) — The International Union for Conservation of Nature says Congo’s national symbol, the okapi, is on the brink of extinction. The Switzerland-based group says the population of the okapi, also known as the […]

11/26/2013

Palestinian Hanadi Kharma, paints a mural depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.  (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

Arafat’s mysterious death becomes a whodunit

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Yasser Arafat’s mysterious 2004 death turned into a whodunit Thursday after Swiss scientists who examined his remains said the Palestinian leader was probably poisoned with radioactive polonium. Yet hard proof […]

11/07/2013

Yasser Arafat (AP Photo)

Al-Jazeera reports evidence of Arafat poisoning

JERUSALEM (AP) — Al-Jazeera is reporting that a team of Swiss scientists has found moderate evidence that longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of poisoning. The Arab satellite channel published a copy of what it […]

11/06/2013

A Sotheby's employee shows The Pink Star diamond weighing 59.6 carats, during a preview at  Sotheby's, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini)

Pink diamond expected to fetch over $60 million

GENEVA (AP) — Sotheby’s is showing off a pink diamond that is expected to fetch more than $60 million at auction. The auction house was giving previews of what it calls the world’s most valuable […]

09/25/2013

In this July 27, 2012 photo, British stuntman Mark Sutton, parachuting into the Olympic Stadium, dressed as James Bond, during the Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony. (AP Photo/PA,  Lewis Whyld, File)

Q&A on the extreme sport of wingsuit flying

GENEVA (AP) — The extreme sport of wingsuit flying that killed British stuntman Mark Sutton this week involves a special aerodynamic jumpsuit developed about a decade ago. It creates fabric batwing sleeves around a person’s […]

08/15/2013

Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Oprah ‘sorry’ for Switzerland’s flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says she’s “sorry” that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland. “I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in […]

08/13/2013

In this May 30, 2013 file photo, Oprah Winfrey speaks during Harvard University's commencement ceremonies in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Swiss apologize for encounter Oprah calls racist

GENEVA (AP) — It’s a glamorous playground of the rich and famous, filled with glitterati from princes to movie stars. It’s also a land with a sometimes uneasy relationship with foreigners — especially when they […]

08/09/2013

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Calif. high-speed rail seeks to reassure on safety

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California high-speed rail officials sought Thursday to reassure the public about safety in the wake of deadly European train crashes this summer. An eight-car train that crashed in northern Spain last […]

08/02/2013

Tina Turner arrives for the Giorgio Armani fashion show held in Beijing, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Tina Turner marries longtime beau in Switzerland

GENEVA (AP) — Legendary singer Tina Turner has married her longtime German beau, Erwin Bach, in a Swiss civil ceremony, a local mayor said Thursday. The 73-year-old singer tied the knot at the registry office […]

07/18/2013

Baselworld, World Watch and Jewellery Show. (AP Photo)

Watch makers focus on luxury

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — In an age when most people carry smartphones that can tell the time — on top of hundreds of other applications — watch makers are increasingly focused on selling their goods as luxury items.

04/24/2013

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