Latest Switzerland News

Federer eases past Albot into Swiss Indoors quarterfinals

Oct. 23, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer eased to a 6-0, 6-3 win over 49th-ranked Radu Albot in the second round of the Swiss Indoors on Wednesday. The top-seeded Federer had to save two break points in the first set on his way to sweeping the first eight games of the match. Seeking a 10th title at his...

Syrian Kurd sets self on fire in front of UN refugee office

Oct. 23, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss police say a Syrian Kurdish man set himself on fire in front of the United Nations refugee agency's headquarters in Geneva. Police spokesman Silvain Guillaume-Gentil said the man, who was born in 1988 and lives in Germany, set himself on fire with gasoline Wednesday morning. Security...

Swiss government bans 'shredding' of male chicks

Oct. 23, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland is banning the practice of "shredding" newly hatched male chicks, citing progress in techniques to determine chicks' gender in the egg. The government decided Wednesday that the ban will take effect Jan. 1. It said that, in recent years, the practice of putting live chicks through...

Swiss file their 1st charges in Petrobras-Odebrecht scandal

Oct. 22, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss prosecutors said Tuesday that they have filed their first indictment in investigations related to the big Brazilian construction company Odebrecht and Brazil's state-run oil giant Petrobras, charging a suspect with complicity in the bribery of foreign public officials and with money...

Second-seeded Zverev loses to Fritz at Swiss Indoors

Oct. 22, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Second-seeded Alexander Zverev was eliminated in the first round of the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday, losing 7-6 (7), 6-4 to Taylor Fritz. Zverev led 4-0 in the first-set tiebreaker and later held a set point before Fritz took his chance to clinch it with an ace. The 31st-ranked...

Iran banned from world judo until it agrees to face Israel

Oct. 22, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran was banned from international judo competitions Tuesday for refusing to let its athletes fight Israeli opponents. The International Judo Federation imposed an indefinite ban on Iran's team until it promises to end a long-running boycott of Israel. The IJF's disciplinary...

Federer wins easily at Basel in 1,500th tour singles match

Oct. 21, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Playing in his 1,500th tour-level match, Roger Federer needed just 53 minutes to cruise past German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 Monday at his hometown Swiss Indoors event. The nine-time Basel champion hit 12 aces in the first-round match to extend his winning streak at St....

Greens seen gaining as Switzerland elects new parliament

Oct. 20, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Greens made significant gains as Switzerland elected a new parliament on Sunday, while a populist right-wing party remained the country's strongest but saw its support slip, projections indicated. The projected outcome would amount to a significant shift in a country where political change...

Swiss to elect new legislature, as polls suggest Green gains

Oct. 19, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters elect their parliament this weekend, a challenge for the populist right that has been dominant until now and an opportunity for green parties as environmental concerns have swept up much of Europe this year. Political analyst Pascal Sciarini of the University of Geneva cites a...

Swiss fine commodities giant Gunvor over bribes in Africa

Oct. 17, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities have ordered commodities trading giant Gunvor to pay nearly 94 million Swiss francs (dollars) in compensation and fines for failing to stop its representatives from bribing public officials to gain access to oil markets in Congo and Ivory Coast. The Swiss attorney-general's...