Switzerland approves controversial ‘death capsule’ for suicides

Europe 12/07/21, 15:43

The founder of Exit International, the manufacturer of the controversial "death capsules," Dr. Philip Nitschke, reported: "There are no legal issues at all" in Switzerland for using his chambers that minimize the discomfort for people wishing to die in that country.  After the suicidal person enters the chamber, he presses a button that ...

Amateur archaeologist finds 2,000 year-old Roman dagger

Europe 11/28/21, 15:51

An archeology enthusiast found a 2,000-year-old dagger that eventually uncovered an entire Roman battlefield. A metal detector located the ancient weapon in Switzerland's remote southeast Graubünden canton region. The site was previously thought to be void of ancient remains. However, dental student Lucas Schmid proved this theory wrong. "I suspected that the entire ...

Surprise meeting between US national security adviser and top CCP diplomat

China 10/06/21, 16:56

The Biden administration will send White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan to a private meeting with China's top foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi in Switzerland this week, the White House announced on Oct. 5.  The surprise meeting was announced amid heightened tensions between the two governments following a series of disagreements ...

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

U.S. 12/07/19, 04:28

Iran and the U.S. conducted a prisoner exchange Saturday that saw a detained Princeton scholar released for an Iranian scientist held by America, marking a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions. In a trade conducted in Zurich, Switzerland, Iranian officials handed over Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue ...

Update: US would talk with Iran ‘with no preconditions’

Politics 06/02/19, 07:17

The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (all times local): 1:20 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is willing to talk with Iran "with no preconditions," but he said the United States will continue its campaign of pressure against the Islamic Republic. Tensions have risen between ...

Pompeo, Swiss FM in talks likely dominated by Iran tensions

Politics 06/02/19, 04:50

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is holding talks with his Swiss counterpart that are expected to focus on Iran. Amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran that have sparked fears of conflict, Pompeo was meeting Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis in the southern Swiss town of Bellinzona. Switzerland represents U.S. ...

Pompeo visits Swiss event as Trump’s policies raise concerns

Politics 06/01/19, 10:26

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is joining Trump adviser Jared Kushner at a closed-doors meeting of the Bilderberg Group in the Swiss lakeside resort of Montreux. Saturday's annual gathering has long been shrouded in mystery because of its secretive nature and high-profile participants from business, politics, intelligence and defense. The drop-in ...

Caster Semenya appeals against testosterone ruling

Sports 05/29/19, 13:11

Caster Semenya has appealed against the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to uphold testosterone regulations for some female athletes in track and field.The two-time Olympic 800-meter champion's lawyers say she has lodged an appeal with the Swiss Federal Tribunal, Switzerland's supreme court.Under the IAAF's new rules, upheld by the ...

US, Russia Finland in same group at 2020 hockey worlds

Sports 05/28/19, 06:24

The United States, Russia and defending champion Finland will join host Switzerland in an eight-team group based in Zurich at the 2020 hockey world championships.The International Ice Hockey Federation announced the groups Tuesday, two days after Finland beat Canada in this year's title game in Slovakia.Top-ranked Canada heads the other ...

Rio champion Nurudinov DQ’d from London Olympics for doping

Sports 05/27/19, 08:41

A weightlifting gold medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport's new anti-doping tribunal stripped Ruslan Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class, the CAS said Monday .Nurudinov, from Uzbekistan, later ...

Canada escapes; US, Sweden fall in world hockey

Hockey 05/23/19, 16:52

Damon Severson and Mark Stone helped Canada escape to the world hockey championship semifinals while the United States and defending champion Sweden dropped out.Canada beat Switzerland 3-2 in overtime Thursday night. Severson tied it with 0.4 seconds left on a goal confirmed by video review. Stone ended it at 5:07 ...

IOC wants to remove boxing body AIBA from Tokyo Olympics

Sports 05/22/19, 11:23

Dealing a blow to Olympic boxing officials after months of investigations, the IOC has set up a vote next month on removing the sport's governing body AIBA from organizing bouts at the 2020 Tokyo Games.The International Olympic Committee said its executive board on Wednesday proposed suspending AIBA — a move ...

Germany hands Israel thousands of Kafka confidant’s papers

Europe 05/21/19, 11:37

German authorities on Tuesday handed over to Israel some 5,000 documents kept by a confidant of Franz Kafka, a trove whose plight could have been plucked from one of the author's surreal stories.The papers returned include a postcard from Kafka from 1910 and personal documents kept by Max Brod, which ...

Germany beats Finland, Czech Republic tops Swiss at worlds

Hockey 05/21/19, 11:06

Leon Draisaitl scored tiebreaking and go-ahead goals late in the third period, lifting Germany to a 4-2 win over Finland at the world hockey championship.Both Group A teams will advance to the quarterfinals and their seeding will be determined after the United State plays Canada on Tuesday night.The Czech Republic ...

Update: Swiss voters back tighter gun laws

Europe 05/19/19, 13:10

The Latest on Switzerland's referendum on tightening Swiss gun laws (all times local):8 p.m.Swiss voters have approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation's gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners despite the objections of local gun owners, Swiss media reported, citing official results.Werner ...

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