Austrian crooner Udo Juergens, 80, dies in Switzerland

Dec 22, 2014

Austrian crooner Udo Juergens, 80, dies in Switzerland

Austrian crooner Udo Juergens, whose more than 50-year career was studded with hits in languages ranging from German to Japanese, died on Sunday following a heart attack. He was 80. Juergens, who also held Swiss nationality, took ill while walking in the countryside in ...

Nov 27, 2014

Switzerland's wealthy expats braced for vote on tax break

Many of Switzerland’s foreign millionaires will be watching nervously on Sunday as voters decide whether to scrap one of the country’s biggest tax perks for expatriates. Switzerland’s system of charging foreign residents with no gainful activity in the country a lump sum based on ...

Federer, Swiss capture Davis Cup

Nov 24, 2014

Federer, Swiss capture Davis Cup

Having stolen the limelight from Davis Cup stalwart Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer quickly turned attention toward his Switzerland teammates after securing the winning point in the final against France on Sunday. Federer crushed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to give the Swiss a 3-1 ...

Federer, Wawrinka double up to give Swiss lead

Nov 23, 2014

Federer, Wawrinka double up to give Swiss lead

Roger Federer will have the chance to clinch the last big prize in tennis eluding him. The 17-time Grand Slam champion and Stan Wawrinka swept aside Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the doubles to put Switzerland into a 2-1 lead ...

Nov 14, 2014

Ban the cowbell? Swiss farmers say 'udder nonsense'

Holy cow! A Swiss university has sparked ire by suggesting that cowbells — as emblematic of the Alpine country as chocolates, watches and Heidi — should be banned. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich said the traditionally heavy bells have ...

Oct 31, 2014

Wanted in U.S., Roman Polanski questioned in Poland

Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski on Thursday at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor. Boguslawa Marcinkowska, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in Krakow, said the filmmaker remained free but ...

Oct 29, 2014

Ebola vaccine trials to start in Switzerland this week

Ebola vaccine trials are set to start in Switzerland this week after receiving the green light from the country’s authorities, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Swiss regulators announced they would allow trials of an experimental vaccine made by Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline, and tests on ...

Oct 23, 2014

Switzerland to nix 'stripper' visas

Switzerland announced Wednesday that it would stop issuing special work permits for foreign strippers, who hail from countries such as Russia, the Dominican Republic and Thailand. The government said that the eight-month permits would no longer be granted after the end of 2015, on ...

Oct 22, 2014

Switzerland top destination for expats: poll

Switzerland is the world’s favorite destination among expats, followed by Singapore and China, a poll on quality of life conducted for HSBC bank revealed Wednesday. “Many Switzerland-based expats mentioned the better work-life balance, availability of outdoor activities and the family-centric culture as the reasons ...

Oct 13, 2014

Tax fraud trial looms for former UBS high-flier

A former top-level UBS banker will stand trial in the United States this week accused of helping rich Americans evade millions of dollars in taxes. Five years after being charged with conspiracy to commit tax fraud, Raoul Weil, 54, the former head of the ...