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Swiss open mass vaccination centres in Geneva and Lausanne

Reuters
Switzerland expanded its capacity to inoculate people against COVID-19 on Monday, opening mass vaccination centres in cities including Geneva and Lausanne. The number of cases has continued to steadily rise in the Alpine country over the past weeks. It increased by 4,905 since Friday, according to figures published on Monday,......

Swiss watchdog asked Credit Suisse on Greensill risks: SonntagsZeitung

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann//File Photo/File Photo ZURICH (Reuters) – The head of Switzerland’s financial regulator FINMA questioned Credit Suisse over risks in its dealings with now-insolvent finance firm Greensill Capital “months” before......

Swiss luxury watchmakers learn to love the pre-owned market

Reuters
ZURICH, April 7 (Reuters) – Swiss luxury watch brands have long considered the market for pre-owned watches as a potential threat to their business, but now their view is shifting as they see it can provide valuable insights into pricing and demand. Initially seen as cannibalising sales of new watches,......

Swiss ambassador to US allegedly assaulted in Washington residence

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The officer said in the statement filed Tuesday in support of a criminal complaint that he was dispatched to the residence, which is on the same grounds as the Swiss embassy, “in response to a report of an unwanted......

Swiss lawmakers, business leaders demand improved COVID-19 response

Reuters
ZURICH (Reuters) – A group of Swiss business leaders and lawmakers have demanded the government speed up vaccinations and develop a plan for its nationwide testing drive to tackle the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country. FILE PHOTO: The Swiss Parliament Building (Bundeshaus) is pictured during a Federal......

Swiss hacker indicted after claiming credit for breaching Nissan, Intel

Reuters
(Reuters) – A Swiss computer hacker who has claimed credit for helping steal or distribute proprietary data from Nissan Motor Co, Intel Corp and most recently security camera startup Verkada was indicted on Thursday, U.S. prosecutors announced. FILE PHOTO: A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected......

Artist Shows How These 65 Roman Emperors Looked In Real Life By Using Facial Reconstruction, Ai, And Photoshop

IA
It is nice to let your imagination loose on your visits to museums packed with ancient sculptures depicting noble people and historic figures. In fact, you can go crazy letting your imagination loose fantasizing about what they actually looked like. History buffs can rejoice now as, thanks to modern technology......

Swiss plan free coronavirus tests for population

Reuters
ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland unveiled a 1 billion Swiss franc ($1.08 billion) plan on Friday to offer free coronavirus tests for its entire population as part of measures to ease the country’s exit from COVID-19 restrictions. FILE PHOTO: A woman sits in front of a COVID-19 testing site of the......

Swiss march in lakeside tax haven to protest COVID-19 lockdown

Reuters
ZUG, Switzerland (Reuters) – Some 500 protesters marched through the Swiss tax haven of Zug on Saturday, wearing white protective suits and chanting dystopian slogans to voice displeasure with rules aimed at limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The demonstration was reminiscent of a rally a week ago in......

Swiss march in lakeside tax haven to protest COVID-19 lockdown

Reuters
ZUG, Switzerland (Reuters) – Some 500 protesters marched through the Swiss tax haven of Zug on Saturday, wearing white protective suits and chanting dystopian slogans to voice displeasure with rules aimed at limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The demonstration was reminiscent of a rally a week ago in......

Swiss concept artists go underground with foundation project

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Swiss artists Frank and Patrik Riklin pose in front of the bedroom of their Zero-Real-Estate land art installation, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, on an alp in front of the Churfirsten mountain range and Lake Walen near Walenstadt, Switzerland May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann......

Beny Steinmetz, a Mining Magnate, Found Guilty in Swiss Corruption Trial

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here GENEVA — A Swiss court on Friday convicted the French-Israeli mining magnate Beny Steinmetz on charges of corrupting foreign public officials and forging documents, in a trial over his successful bid to reap lavish iron ore resources in......

Steinmetz trial: Swiss verdict for tycoon in Guinea mine corruption trial

BBC
The prosecution also alleges that Mr Steinmetz, 64, and two co-defendants, committed forgery by creating shell structures to hide the bribes. The trial is taking place in Switzerland because Mr Steinmetz lived in Geneva until 2016, and ran businesses there. Some of the alleged bribes, the prosecution says, were paid......

Swiss government urges voters to reject burqa ban in March referendum

Reuters
ZURICH (Reuters) – The Swiss government recommended on Tuesday that voters reject a proposal in a planned March 7 referendum to ban full facial coverings such as burqas and niqabs worn by some Muslim women, saying the move would hurt tourism. Under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, any proposal to......

Swiss economy could grow by 4% in 2021 and 2022, government economist tells paper

Reuters
ZURICH (Reuters) – The Swiss economy could grow at more than double its usual rate in 2021 and 2022, with GDP increasing by around 4% in both years as output recovers from the coronavirus epidemic, the government’s chief economist told newspaper NZZ am Sonntag. FILE PHOTO: Sunrise over the Commercial......

Swiss drugs regulator authorises Pfizer/Biontech COVID-19 vaccine

Reuters
Pharmacy manager Larren Suh displays the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., December 16, 2020. Craig F. Walker/Pool via REUTERS ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugs regulator Swissmedic has authorised the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and partner BioNTech, the agency said on Saturday, calling......

Swiss hospitals implore health minister to tighten coronavirus restrictions

Reuters
ZURICH (Reuters) – The directors of five of Switzerland’s largest hospitals have written to the health minister asking for urgent measures to reduce coronavirus infections, the SonntagsZeitung newspaper reported on Sunday. In their letter to Health Minister Alain Berset, the directors of the university hospitals of Zurich, Bern, Basel, Lausanne......

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