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Swiss Catholic church orders study of past sexual abuse

Dec. 06, 2021 15:15 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Switzerland have asked two academics to lead a study into the Swiss church's history of sexual exploitation since the mid-20th century, joining other churches in other countries in Europe and beyond to undergo such a reckoning. ...

Figure skating Grand Prix Final canceled over travel rules

Dec. 02, 2021 19:56 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The figure skating Grand Prix Final next week has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic for the second season in a row. The Dec. 9-12 event in Osaka, Japan, was the only global event matching the best skaters across all four...

Odermatt wins Birds of Prey super-G; Canadian surprising 3rd

Dec. 02, 2021 18:14 PM EST

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Marco Odermatt charged precisely where he needed to charge along the challenging super-G course. The Swiss racer took chances only where he knew he could. Odermatt is quickly turning into one to watch with the Beijing Olympics two months away,...

IOC says it had 2nd video call with tennis player Peng Shuai

Dec. 02, 2021 13:21 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee said it held a second video call with Peng Shuai but again didn't release any video or transcript nor make any reference to the tennis player's sexual assault allegation against a former Chinese government official. ...

World Cup skiers get quarantine exemptions for Swiss races

Dec. 02, 2021 09:39 AM EST

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Quarantine exemptions were given Thursday to hundreds of people arriving in Switzerland from Canada so women's World Cup ski races can go ahead next week. The International Ski Federation said the canton of Graubünden “granted...

Live updates: Obama, Fauci encourage vaccinations at clinic

Nov. 30, 2021 19:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, visited a children’s vaccination clinic in Washington Tuesday to encourage kids to get a COVID-19 shot. Speaking to kids and parents at Kimball Elementary...

German prosecutors probe alleged tax evasion by tax advisers

Nov. 30, 2021 11:22 AM EST

German investigators searched offices of accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and the homes of current and former employees Tuesday in a probe of alleged tax evasion by tax advisers. The searches took place at offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Duesseldorf, Hannover and...

WHO chief: Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics

Nov. 29, 2021 06:06 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Monday is pushing for an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics amid the emergence of a worrying new omicron COVID-19 variant. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said many...

Swiss vote to approve COVID restrictions as infections rise

Nov. 28, 2021 12:18 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday gave clear backing to legislation that introduced a system with special COVID-19 certificates under which only people who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative can attend public events and gatherings. Final results...

A glance at how the ski season is opening in Europe's Alps

Nov. 27, 2021 09:43 AM EST

Italy is reopening its slopes to recreational skiers after one season lost and another abbreviated by the pandemic. Here is a glance at how the season is proceeding in Europe’s Alpine nations. ITALY Italy is reopening for the 2021-2022 season ...