Latest Switzerland News

Iran suspended from world judo over Israel boycott policy

Sep. 18, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran has been suspended from international judo competitions because it boycotts bouts with Israeli athletes. Less than a month after world champion Saeid Mollaei walked off the Iranian team in protest at the boycott policy, the International Judo Federation said Wednesday that...

Bachelet denied campaign took money from Brazil OAS company

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet is denying accusations by a former businessman ensnared in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal that her 2013 presidential campaign in Chile illegally took money from the Brazilian company OAS. Bachelet told Chile's 24 Horas TV channel...

Roger Federer to decide soon on Tokyo Olympic plans

Sep. 17, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Roger Federer plans to decide "in the next month or so" whether he will play at next year's Tokyo Olympics. Federer said Tuesday his 2020 schedule is set through Wimbledon, which ends July 12. The week-long Olympic tournament starts July 25 and ends a few days before his 39th birthday. "I...

Far from Czech home, Kubalik adjusts to life with Blackhawks

Sep. 14, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Dominik Kubalik is leaning on David Kampf while he transitions to life in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks. He peppers his Czech countryman with all sorts of questions. "I think he's a little bit mad at me right now," a grinning Kubalik said, "because I'm still asking 'What's that?' and...

US envoy rejects claim of 'war crime' by key UN Syria panel

Sep. 12, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United States' top envoy for Syria rejected Thursday findings by U.N.-backed investigators that deadly airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition early this year may amount to a war crime. Ambassador James Jeffrey said the coalition takes "extreme care in every military operation we do." His...

Swiss say Facebook's digital currency plan will face hurdles

Sep. 11, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Facebook and its partners have asked financial authorities in Switzerland to evaluate their plan to create a new digital currency to be called Libra. Facebook unveiled a proposal in June to create a digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use. The company said it would set up a...

Groundbreaking photographer Robert Frank dies at age 94

Sep. 10, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Frank, a giant of 20th-century photography whose seminal book "The Americans" captured singular, candid moments of the 1950s and helped free picture-taking from the boundaries of clean lighting and linear composition, has died. He was 94. Frank died Monday in Inverness, on Cape...

Pakistan: Risk of 'accidental war' with India over Kashmir

Sep. 10, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister warned Tuesday that India's "illegal occupation" of Muslim-majority Kashmir could drive the nuclear-armed countries "into an accidental war." Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi accused India at a session of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council of...

Report: Schumacher treated in secrecy in Paris hospital

Sep. 10, 2019 4:57 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has been admitted to a Paris hospital to be treated Tuesday with cutting-edge stem-cell therapy, according to a French newspaper. The Paris hospitals authority, citing France's strict medical privacy rules, said it could not comment on the...

UN human rights chief cites continued abuses in Venezuela

Sep. 9, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' chief human rights official said Monday that millions of Venezuelans continue to suffer rights violations, including dozens of possible extrajudicial killings carried out by a special police force. Non-governmental organizations report that the Special Action...