Latest Switzerland News

Sri Lanka briefs UN rights official on resolution pullout

Feb. 22, 2020 9:58 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan diplomat has briefed the president of the U.N. Human Rights Council on the government's decision to withdraw from a 2015 resolution calling for an investigation into alleged human rights violations committed during the country's long civil war. Foreign Ministry...

Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami celebrates at the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill, in Crans Montana, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)

Gut-Behrami ends 2-year wait for win in a World Cup downhill

Feb. 21, 2020 9:17 AM EST

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — In ski-crazy Switzerland, Lara Gut-Behrami's first World Cup victory in more than two years was quickly labeled “a resurrection” by broadcasters. The former teenage prodigy, an overall World Cup champion in 2016, led a 1-2 Swiss finish in a downhill race...

Libya's warring parties resume talks in Geneva

Feb. 20, 2020 3:22 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Libya's warring parties have returned to negotiations aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country after they had suspended talks earlier this week, a U.N. spokesman said Thursday. United Nations spokesman Rheal Leblanc said the two sides have resumed meetings in...

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during press conference following his semifinal loss to Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Federer to miss French Open, other events after knee surgery

Feb. 20, 2020 2:36 PM EST

Roger Federer will miss the French Open and no fewer than three other tournaments while he is sidelined for at least four months after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. It's only the second operation for the 38-year-old Federer — the other was on his left knee in 2016 — and one that is...

Ralph Hamers, new CEO of Swiss Bank UBS, gestures during a press conference in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Dutchman Ralph Hamers will replace Sergio Ermotti, who is still UBS boss, on Nov. 1, 2020. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

UBS picks new CEO with track record in digital banking

Feb. 20, 2020 9:27 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Shares in bank UBS climbed almost 3% on Thursday after the Swiss firm announced the appointment of a new chief executive who has experience in developing digital business in finance. Zurich-based UBS said that Ralph Hamers, who is currently the head of Dutch bank ING Group, will join the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Paris Saint Germain owner Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi waves to teams fans at the end of their soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi was charged Thursday Feb. 20, 2020 by Swiss federal prosecutors in connection with a wider bribery investigation linked to World Cup television rights. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)

Swiss prosecutors charge Al-Khelaifi in FIFA bribery case

Feb. 20, 2020 8:18 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi was charged Thursday by Swiss federal prosecutors in connection with a wider bribery investigation linked to FIFA and World Cup television rights. The office of Switzerland’s attorney general filed an indictment charging Al-Khelaifi...

Swiss federal prosecutors have indicted Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi in a FIFA bribery case

Feb. 20, 2020 5:40 AM EST
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss federal prosecutors have indicted Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi in a FIFA bribery case.

Swiss bank penalized over alleged FIFA, Venezuela corruption

Feb. 20, 2020 2:58 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s financial market authority has penalized Julius Baer bank for violating its obligations to fight money laundering over a nearly nine-year span. The sanctions are related to alleged corruption linked to Venezuela’s state-owned oil company and global soccer body...

Deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Argentina, from left, Claudia Labeguerie, Ezequiel Villalongo and Daniel Oscar Sgardelis, take part in a news conference at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. On Wednesday, they had a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican _ and Pope Francis himself _ to come clean about the crimes committed against them. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Abuse victims look to Vatican after UN meetings in Geneva

Feb. 19, 2020 4:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Three deaf victims of sexual abuse by priests in Argentina wrapped up a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva on Wednesday, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican — and Pope Francis himself — to come clean about the crimes committed against...

Erdogan criticizes EU move to enforce Libyan arms embargo

Feb. 19, 2020 4:37 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president criticized on Wednesday the European Union’s decision to launch a maritime effort focused on enforcing the U.N. arms embargo around Libya, accusing European nations that agreed to the operation of “interfering in the region.” Recep Tayyip...