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Switzerland: Federal republic in Central Europe
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a sovereign state 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 between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau 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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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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Switzerland

FAI World Paragliding champions crowned after spectacular event in North Macedonia [Video]FAI World Paragliding champions crowned after spectacular event in North Macedonia

Italy's Joachim Oberhauser and France's Meryl Delferriere were crowned men's and women's champions at the FAI World Paragliding Championship in North Macedonia

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:18Published

Two people missing after violent storm causes mudslide in Switzerland [Video]Two people missing after violent storm causes mudslide in Switzerland

The search continued in Chamoson after two people were carried away in a car during a violent storm.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

The robot that teaches itself to roller skate [Video]The robot that teaches itself to roller skate

Skaterbot uses artificial intelligence to teach itself how to navigate terrain and even roller and ice skate. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:59Published

Inline skaters plunge down daunting track in new sport [Video]Inline skaters plunge down daunting track in new sport

Inline skaters in Russia brave a daunting, obstacle-full downhill race track in the new sport of downhill skate cross modelled off of ice cross.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:30Published

Scientists develop video game that can be controlled by the mind [Video]Scientists develop video game that can be controlled by the mind

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a technology which allows people with severely impaired motor functions to play video games, using only their minds.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:32Published

Hope for quadriplegia patients in pilot with video gamers [Video]Hope for quadriplegia patients in pilot with video gamers

Scientists in Switzerland have developed a system which allows video game players with severely impaired motor function, such as quadriplegia, to control their moves using only the power of their..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

Homeless World Cup underway as fans flock to Cardiff [Video]Homeless World Cup underway as fans flock to Cardiff

Almost 50 countries take part in the Homeless World Cup football tournament

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:16Published

Machine learning builds a breast cancer 'atlas' [Video]Machine learning builds a breast cancer 'atlas'

Scientists at the University of Zurich have used artificial technology to help analyse millions of cells from breast cancer tissue of 140 tumours, to create what they describe as an 'atlas' of machine..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:28Published

'Bitcoin family' start sponsored around the world tour [Video]'Bitcoin family' start sponsored around the world tour

A family of five who traded all of their possessions for bitcoin and decided to live solely on it, began their three-year world tour with the mission to educate people about cryptocurrency. Rough cut..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:38Published

Watch: Once-in-a-generation winemakers' festival kicks off in Switzerland [Video]Watch: Once-in-a-generation winemakers' festival kicks off in Switzerland

The Fête des Vignerons began in 1797 and has developed from an annual street parade into a globally-recognised extravaganza.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:20Published

Ant-like mini-robots leap over and move objects together [Video]Ant-like mini-robots leap over and move objects together

Academics create small robots which, like ants, can communicate with each other, assume separate roles and even leap over and move objects. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

Who Will Regulate Facebook Crypto Currency? [Video]Who Will Regulate Facebook Crypto Currency?

Business Insider reports that David Marcus, head of Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra, testified in front of the Senate on Thursday. Marcus stated that the Libra Association will oversee Libra and be..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Frijns wins in New York but Vergne captures second straight Formula E title [Video]Frijns wins in New York but Vergne captures second straight Formula E title

Robin Frijns wins New York finale but Jean-Eric Vergne clinches his second straight Formula E title

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:59Published

Tour de France champion Thomas in 'good place' despite recent injury [Video]Tour de France champion Thomas in 'good place' despite recent injury

Defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas sounds confident as his Ineos team prepares for the annual spectacle.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:01Published

Digital friendly package as Djokovic, Gauff and Auger-Aliassime power through to third round [Video]Digital friendly package as Djokovic, Gauff and Auger-Aliassime power through to third round

American 15-year-old Cori Gauff strikes again as she and holder Novak Djokovic advance to the third round at Wimbledon.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 03:00Published

How Heat Impacts Your Health, How To Beat It [Video]How Heat Impacts Your Health, How To Beat It

Summertime is in full swing. And according to CNN, many European places are truly feeling the heat, with record temperatures like 101 in Germany, making it the hottest June on record. Heat warnings..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:57Published

Parched tourists seek gelato and shade in sweltering Europe [Video]Parched tourists seek gelato and shade in sweltering Europe

Calling all ice cream sellers: Paris, Berlin and the Vatican are among cities sweltering in an unseasonably early heatwave across parts of Europe as hot air is sucked up from the Sahara desert. Rough..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:55Published

Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo to host 2026 Winter Olympics [Video]Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo beat out Stockholm to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:26Published

Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo awarded the 2026 Winter Games [Video]Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo awarded the 2026 Winter Games

The IOC hands the 2026 Winter Olympics to Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo ahead of Stockholm-Are..

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:48Published

 

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

Kansas ranchers dispute UN report that links cows to climate change

A major report just out from the U.N. focuses on the key role of our food and land use in fighting climate change. Scientists outlined the results of the two-year study in Switzerland. Thursday..
CBS News - Published

'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

Swiss court bars intersex female runner Caster Semenya from 800 at world championships

Caster Semenya won't defend her 800-meter title and compete in the world track and field championships after a Switzerland court reversed its ruling.
USATODAY.com - 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..
Reuters - Published

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

Wine festival Fete des Vignerons kicks off in Switzerland with colorful celebration

The Fete des Vignerons kicked off in Switzerland on July 18. The festival, which celebrates the world of winemaking, goes for a month.
USATODAY.com - 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..
Reuters - Published

Albania club says UEFA 10-year ban on fixing is "prejudiced"

Albania's Skenderbeu club has considered as "prejudiced, unilateral and predetermined" UEFA's 10-year ban, saying it will appeal the sanction at Switzerland's Federal Court
USATODAY.com - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •USATODAY.com

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

IOC formally opens $145M new headquarters in Switzerland

The International Olympic Committee has formally opened its 145 million Swiss francs ($145 million) new headquarters exactly 125 years after the Olympic Games was revived
USATODAY.com - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Swiss need more time to clinch EU treaty: foreign minister

Switzerland's political system of painstaking consensus-building requires more time to strike a deal with the European Union on a new treaty, Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said, suggesting no quick..
Reuters - Published

Brussels set to end Swiss bourses' access to EU market: EU diplomat

A European Union diplomat said on Monday that Swiss stock exchanges are set to lose their access to EU investors from July because Brussels and Switzerland have so far failed to reach a compromise over..
Reuters - Published

EU executive sees no decisions on relationship with Switzerland on Tuesday

The European Commission will discuss the European Union's relations with Switzerland at its next meeting on Tuesday, but does not expect to take any decisions at this stage, a Commission spokeswoman..
Reuters - Published

2 tourists killed by heavy storms in Switzerland and Greece

Authorities say a tourist has drowned in Switzerland’s Lake Geneva after her boat capsized in a driving storm and another was killed in nearby France.
USATODAY.com - Published

Deadline looms for agreement on Swiss-EU ties

Swiss ties with the European Union, its biggest trading partner, face a critical test this week as Brussels decides whether the two sides have made enough progress on a stalled draft treaty to head off..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Who stands to lose if Swiss-EU treaty talks fail

More than four years of negotiations have failed to yield a breakthrough on a new treaty between Switzerland and the European Union, by far its biggest trading partner.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Swiss measures to safeguard stock market amid EU row

The Swiss government has drawn up measures that it says will help protect the domestic stock market should the European Union seek to block EU-based investors from trading on Swiss exchanges in a row..
Reuters - Published

Swiss women stage mass strike demanding overdue equality

Hundreds of thousands of women across Switzerland held a strike on Friday to highlight their wealthy nation's poor record on female rights, recreating the passion of the last such walkout 28 years ago.
Reuters - Published

Switzerland women go on strike for fairer pay, more equality

Despite the country's wealth, Switzerland ranks 34th for women's economic opportunity, below Mongolia and Slovenia
CBS News - Published

Pay, time, respect: nearly three decades on, Swiss women strike again

Women from across Swiss society plan to take to the streets this Friday for a nationwide strike aimed at highlighting the country's poor record on defending the rights of women and families.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Swiss women to strike in call for equal pay and rights

Ahead of a strike planned for Friday by women in Switzerland, Reuters spoke to nine women about their concerns, including the need for equal pay and pension rights and for action on discrimination and..
Reuters - Published

EU to clear up Swiss doubts on new treaty, seeks deal by June 18: letter

The European Union's chief executive pledged on Tuesday to clear up Switzerland's concerns about a draft treaty to govern ties so that Bern can endorse it by June 18 and allow the Swiss stock exchange..
Reuters - Published

EU says Switzerland must endorse treaty before June 18: letter

The European Union's chief executive warned Switzerland on Tuesday that it needs to formally endorse a new partnership treaty before June 18 to be able to keep the Swiss stock exchange's access to the..
Reuters - Published

Swiss expert to start work on new standards for mining dam safety

A Swiss environmental expert will make a fact-finding trip this week to the site of the Vale dam disaster in Brazil to start work on setting new dam safety standards for miners.
Reuters - Published

Swiss government demands clarifications from the EU in treaty talks

The Swiss government is demanding clarifications from the European Union on several issues before it signs off on a draft treaty, it said on Friday, risking a backlash from Brussels over yet another..
Reuters - Published

One killed, six hurt in accident at Swiss Alps resort

One person was killed and six others injured in an accident at the Swiss mountain resort of Engelberg Titlis on Wednesday during maintenance work on an out-of-service ski lift.
Reuters - Published

Swiss gondola cable rips, several people hurt

The cable supporting a gondola at a Swiss mountain resort ripped during maintenance work, injuring several people, police said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Two hostages, Swiss gunman die after Zurich standoff

A 60-year-old Swiss man apparently killed two female hostages and himself when a three-hour standoff in Zurich ended early on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Swiss supreme court dismisses Valcke's FIFA ban appeal

The Swiss supreme court says it has rejected an appeal by former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke against a 10-year ban from soccer for financial wrongdoing
USATODAY.com - Published

Swiss court blocks Italy's bid for possible da Vinci portrait

Switzerland's highest court has rejected Italy's request for the return of an oil painting attributed by some to Leonardo Da Vinci, ruling no Swiss laws were broken when the work was brought over the..
Reuters - Published

Former Liverpool defender Henchoz to coach Sion

Former Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz has been appointed coach of Swiss club Sion for next season
USATODAY.com - Published

Swiss government baulks at signing EU treaty: sources

Opposition from across the political spectrum will make it all but impossible for the Swiss government to sign a draft treaty with the European Union next month, sources close to the matter told..
Reuters - Published

Swiss propose house arrest, including for teenagers, to curb extremism

The Swiss government on Wednesday proposed new laws aimed at preventing extremist violence and forcing people including children deemed a threat to be registered with authorities, with house arrest a..
Reuters - Published

Swiss voters approve tax and pension overhaul

Voters in Switzerland approved on Sunday a shake-up of the corporate tax system, heading off what its finance minister had called an existential threat to the country's role as a business hub.
Reuters - Published

Switzerland votes to strengthen gun control laws despite resistance, according to exit polls

The Switzerland law brings the Alpine country in line with many European partners, all over the objections of many law-abiding Swiss gun owners.
USATODAY.com - Published

Swiss voters approve tighter gun control: TV

Swiss voters agreed on Sunday to adopt tighter gun controls in line with changes to European Union rules, heading off a clash with Brussels, projections for Swiss broadcaster SRF showed.
Reuters - Published

The Netherlands win the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Italy finished second, followed by Russia, Switzerland and Norway
CBS News - Published

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