Latest Switzerland News

Swiss government mediating in Cameroon's separatist crisis

Jul. 21, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Switzerland's ambassador to Cameroon says his government is trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the separatist crisis in which an estimated 2,000 have died. Ambassador Pietro Lazzeri said the negotiations are being guided by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. "Over...

Ferro beats club teammate Cornet to win Lausanne final

Jul. 21, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Fiona Ferro beat her friend and French club teammate Alizé Cornet 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the Ladies Open Lausanne final on Sunday to win her first WTA singles title. The 98th-ranked Ferro plays for the same club in Nice as No. 48 Cornet, who described her as "like my little...

Swiss celebrate once-in-a-generation winegrowers' festival

Jul. 19, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss residents and tourists alike are partying like they haven't since 1999. The town of Vevey has kicked off the 12th "Fete des Vignerons," or Winemakers Festival, the latest installment in a centuries-old tradition of celebrating vineyard workers — which nowadays takes...

Alibaba to run Olympic ticketing for Beijing, likely beyond

Jul. 19, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says top-tier sponsor Alibaba will run ticketing services for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, putting the Chinese online retail giant in line to do the same for future hosts Paris and Los Angeles. The International Olympic Committee says the Beijing contract to sell...

FIFA-backed students sent out to help run world sports

Jul. 19, 2019 1:41 AM EDT

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) — It's the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports. Graduates have later headed campaigns to host soccer's World Cup, run Olympic sports federations, and prosecuted landmark cases in international...

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to...

US, Russian delegations to discuss arms control in Geneva

Jul. 15, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delegations from the U.S. and Russia are expected to meet this week to discuss arms control and the possibility of coaxing China into negotiating a new, three-way nuclear weapons pact, two senior administration officials said Monday. The New START treaty, the last major arms-control...

Congo tracing contacts of first Ebola case in eastern city

Jul. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — After feeling sick for several days the pastor boarded a bus to eastern Congo's largest city. Only upon arrival at his destination did anyone suspect he had the highly deadly and infectious Ebola virus. During his trip to Goma, the 46-year-old preacher managed to pass through three...

Rakhimov resigns from troubled boxing body AIBA

Jul. 15, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman with alleged links to organized crime, resigned Monday as president of the International Boxing Association after his tenure played a role in the body being stripped of the right to organize the Olympic boxing events. The Uzbekistani became interim...

Swiss prosecutor probes plane maker over Saudi, UAE business

Jul. 12, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's federal prosecutor says it has opened a criminal investigation in connection with a Swiss airplane maker's sale of training aircraft to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, whose militaries are involved in the war in Yemen. The prosecutor's office did not specify any...