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Judge: Cheese Restaurant Smell Not Too Bad

Manager of Swiss fondue place told not to pay fine

(Newser) - A judge has ruled that stinky-cheese smell isn't as bad as complaining about it in a rather mean way, the Guardian reports. Florian Kurz, the manager of a Swiss fondue restaurant, won't have to pay a $225 fine after two neighboring boutique clothing stores griped about the smell—... More »

Bank's 'Spy Novel' Tactics Hid US Tax Dodgers' Billions

And Justice Dept. did little to respond, per Senate report on Credit Suisse

(Newser) - Swiss bank Credit Suisse helped thousands of Americans keep as much as $12 billion in assets tucked away from the eyes of the IRS, a Senate report out yesterday alleges—and the bank used some unconventional techniques in the process, including once hiding bank statements in a copy of Sports ... More »

CERN Wants New Collider, 62 Miles Long

Contraption could be 4 times size of Large Hadron Collider

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider has only been in "full swing" for three years, notes a leading CERN physicist—but since planning for it began in 1983, it's already time to start thinking about what's next. In the case of the European particle physics organization, that means considering... More »

Co-Pilot Hijacks Plane, Demands Asylum

All Ethiopian Airlines passengers safe after Geneva landing

(Newser) - An Ethiopian Airlines plane was hijacked early today by its own co-pilot, who was seeking asylum in Switzerland. The co-pilot locked himself in the cockpit when the pilot went to the toilet, and flew the Boeing 767-300—which had taken off from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and was headed to... More »

Syria Peace Talks Open—Unpleasantly

Sides take firm stances in opening speeches

(Newser) - With more than 100,000 dead in a divided Syria, government and opposition leaders are in Switzerland today for year-in-the-making international peace talks. Direct talks haven't even begun yet (that comes Friday), but so far, the tone at the "Geneva II" talks has been far from friendly, the... More »

Why Switzerland Airlifts Its Cows

It's not just about helping the cows, it's about helping the land: Aeon

(Newser) - The sight of a cow flying through the air isn't so rare in Switzerland: When a cow is injured—or dead—a helicopter may arrive to bring it to safety, or, if dead, to incineration. The practice, Aeon reports, isn't just about caring for our bovine friends, or... More »

Swiss Voters Dump Plan to Ax Executive Pay

Salaries would have been capped at 12 times lowest

(Newser) - A measure that would have ensured bosses didn't make more in a month than their lowest-paid workers made in a year has been voted down in Switzerland. The 1:12 Initiative for Fair Pay, which would have capped executive salaries at 12 times that of their lowest-paid employee, was... More »

'Banks Around the World' Probed in Currency Scheme

Swiss regulators looking into alleged plot to rig Forex

(Newser) - Is this the next Libor? Switzerland's top market regulator has announced a sweeping investigation into an alleged conspiracy to rig benchmark currency exchange rates, the Wall Street Journal reports. The regulator, Finma, says it's investigating "several" Swiss firms, but is also "coordinating closely with authorities in... More »

Swiss Hate War, but Want to Keep Big Army

Country votes 73% in favor of keeping the military draft

(Newser) - The paradox that is Switzerland: Due to its stance of neutrality, the country hasn't been in an international war in 200 years, yet it continues its policy of mandatory military conscription for young men. And that's the way the Swiss like it, apparently, with 73% of the country... More »

New in Zurich: $2.2M 'Sex Boxes'

Government facility could make life easier for prostitutes

(Newser) - Think prostitution should be legalized? Then check out what's happening in Zurich, where officials are set to open a $2.2 million facility so johns can take prostitutes into so-called "sex boxes," the Telegraph reports. The area will include a road where 40 prostitutes will be waiting... More »

'James Bond' Olympics Skydiver Dies in Accident

Mark Sutton hit mountain ridge while wing-diving

(Newser) - Mark Sutton, the stuntman who parachuted into the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond, died in a wing-diving accident yesterday. Sutton, 42, jumped from a helicopter at 10,826 feet in Switzerland wearing a "wingsuit," an aerodynamic jumpsuit that increases the body's surface area and... More »

Oprah to Switzerland: Hey, Sorry

Regrets her story went viral, but stands by racism claim

(Newser) - After her comments about getting dissed by a racist saleswoman at a chichi Swiss boutique , Oprah Winfrey is, well, trying to be Switzerland—sort of. "I'm really sorry that it got blown up," she said last night. "I purposefully did not mention the name of the... More »

Oprah: Racist Clerk at Swanky Shop Refused Me

Swiss shop attendant said $35K bag too expensive, says Winfrey

(Newser) - It's safe to say no handbag in the world is too expensive for Oprah, but an attendant at an upscale shop in Zurich seemed to think otherwise. While visiting the city last month, the talk-show queen says a clerk refused to show her a $35,000 bag, claiming she... More »

Trains Collide Head-On in Switzerland

44 injured, 4 seriously

(Newser) - It has been a bad month to be a train commuter: Canada , France , Spain , and now ... Switzerland, where two commuter trains collided head-on today, injuring 44, four seriously, reports CNN . Local TV says one person is yet to be recovered from the wreckage, the AP reports. The crash happened between... More »

'Pink Panther' Jewel Thief Makes Daring Prison Escape

He's 3rd 'Pink Panther' member to bust out of a Swiss jail since May

(Newser) - Two inmates escaped from a Swiss prison last night, in a daring escape that police suspect was orchestrated by the Pink Panther gang. One of the two escapees, Milan Poparic, was a member of the international ring of jewel thieves , three of whose members have now broken out of Swiss... More »

Vatican Official Arrested in Corruption Plot

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano sought return of $26M via Italian government plane

(Newser) - A Vatican official has been arrested in a purported plot to bring $26 million into Italy from Switzerland aboard an Italian government plane. Silverio Sica, attorney for Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, said his client is accused of fraud, corruption, and other charges stemming from the plot, which never got off the... More »

Clinton's 11th-Hour Pardon Dead at 78

Marc Rich, 'King of Commodities' trader, died in Switzerland

(Newser) - Marc Rich, the trader known as the "King of Commodities" whose controversial 2001 pardon by President Bill Clinton just hours before he left office unleashed a political firestorm of criticism in 2001, died today. He was 78. Rich died of a stroke in a hospital in Lucerne, Switzerland, near... More »

Dementia Patient Ends Life at Assisted-Suicide Clinic

83-year-old is first Brit to do so at Switzerland's Dignitas

(Newser) - An 83-year-old man in the early stages of dementia has become the first person in Britain so diagnosed to end his life at an assisted-suicide clinic, reports the BBC . The unidentified man did so with the support of his family—in fact, his wife made the trip with him to... More »

Anne Frank Charity Battles ... Anne Frank Charity

Group compares rivals to Nazis

(Newser) - Two organizations bearing Anne Frank's name are in a bitter dispute over the possession of the Frank family archive, in an echo of a court battle they fought in the 1990s over which one had the right to trademark the Holocaust victim's name. The conflict between the Basel,... More »

6 Men Arrested in India Gang Rape of Swiss Tourist

Swiss embassy is pressing for 'swift justice' in attack

(Newser) - Six men have been arrested in the gang rape of a Swiss tourist in India, CNN reports; five "have confessed to gang-raping the woman and attacking her husband," says a police spokesman, per Sky News . The couple were touring the country by bicycle when spotted by the attackers,... More »

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