Latest Switzerland News

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...

Duterte critics laud UN vote to scrutinize drug killings

Jul. 12, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Critics of the Philippine president's deadly anti-drug campaign said Friday that a vote by the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects is a crucial step toward bringing perpetrators to justice and helping end the killings. President Rodrigo...

UN rights body narrowly passes resolution on Philippines

Jul. 11, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body has narrowly passed a resolution that includes calls for greater scrutiny in the Philippines. The Human Rights Council voted 18-14 with 15 abstentions to approve the resolution on Thursday. The measure, presented by Iceland, cites allegations of thousands of...

Georgia will 'wait and see' if Putin's softer tone lasts

Jul. 11, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Georgia's president says she'll "wait and see" how a debate in Russia about possible new sanctions against her country will pan out as she cautiously welcomed conciliatory comments from President Vladimir Putin as preferable to "threats." Salome Zurabishvili spoke to The Associated Press in...

Russian deputy PM Mutko wins Olympic doping appeal

Jul. 11, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Vitaly Mutko, who was Russia's Sports Minister during the doping-tainted Winter Olympics in Sochi, has won an appeal against his lifetime ban from the games. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled the International Olympic Committee didn't have the power to sanction Mutko...

SKorean leader denounces Japanese comments over sanctions

Jul. 10, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday criticized comments by Japanese officials who questioned the credibility of Seoul's sanctions against North Korea while defending Tokyo's stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea. The issue has become a full-blown...

Japan says it won't discuss or retract SKorea export rules

Jul. 9, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Tuesday it does not plan to retract or renegotiate its stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, a day after the South Korean president urged that the issue be resolved through diplomacy. Tokyo tightened the approval process for Japanese shipments of photoresists and...

Activist Hong Kong singer faces down China at UN rights body

Jul. 8, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Just like her fellow Hong Kong protesters, pop star Denise Ho is standing up to China. Just like them, she seems to have gotten under Beijing's skin — this time at an international human rights venue. The Cantopop singer used her star power to stand up to China's economic and political...

Swiss air force team apologizes for fly-by in wrong place

Jul. 8, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The commander of the Swiss air force's aerial display team has apologized after his unit performed a low-altitude pass over the wrong municipality. Residents of Langenbruck looked up in vain Saturday while expecting to see Switzerland's Patrouille Suisse squadron swoop by to mark the...