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Grieving Parents Head to Swiss Crash Site; 28 Dead, Including 22 Children

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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A skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps for Belgian tourists came to a terrible end late Tuesday when their tour bus crashed into a tunnel wall, killing 28 people — 22 of them children. Anguished and grieving parents began arriving Wednesday at the schools in Lommel and Heverlee , where many of the children had […]

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Bus Crash in Switzerland Kills 28 Belgian Tourists

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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A bus carrying Belgian tourists home from a skiing holiday has crashed inside a tunnel in Switzerland (Tuesday), killing 28 people including 22 children. The crash happened the Valais region, near the border with Italy. Twenty-four people were taken to the hospital. The two drivers are among the dead. Police say the bus with 52 […]

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Bus Crash in Switzerland Kills 28 Belgian Tourists

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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A bus carrying Belgian tourists home from a skiing holiday has crashed inside a tunnel in Switzerland, killing 28 people including 22 children. Tuesday’s crash happened the Valais region, near the border with Italy. The bus with 52 people on board smashed into a wall inside a highway tunnel. The two drivers were among the […]

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Swiss Reject Longer Annual Vacations

Posted March 11th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to increase the mandatory paid vacation from four to six weeks per year. In a national referendum held Sunday, two-thirds of the voters heeded warnings by the Swiss government and businesses that more vacation would raise labor costs and put the economy at risk. As much of Europe struggles […]

Turkish Minister Repeats Denial of Armenian Genocide, Despite Swiss Investigation

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Turkish official on Tuesday stood by his position that Ottoman Turks did not commit genocide against Armenians, after similar comments last week made him the focus of an investigation by Swiss authorities. Turkey’s European Union Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis told reporters last week during a visit to Zurich that the incidents in 1915 “did […]

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Bulgarian-Born Pianist Alexis Weissenberg Dies at 82

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Bulgarian-born French pianist Alexis Weissenberg, whose passion for music saved him and his mother from a World War II concentration camp, has died at the age of 82. Weissenberg died Sunday in Lugano, Switzerland, where his family had settled. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for years. Bulgarian Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov described Weissenberg as […]

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Swiss Indict 3 in Nuclear Smuggling Case

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Swiss prosecutors have charged three people with breaking arms export laws to help smuggle nuclear weapon technology to Libya. The activity occurred under the Gadhafi regime. Marco and Urs Tinner and their father Friedrich were formally indicted Tuesday after a nearly decade-long investigation. The three men are suspected of providing technology to the nuclear smuggling […]

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Zimbabwe President Criticizes Switzerland for Visa Denials

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has criticized Switzerland after his wife and five aides were denied visas. Mr. Mugabe said Sunday he was “surprised, if not saddened” by the decision last week, which resulted in him canceling plans to attend a United Nations conference in Switzerland. He said the Swiss are showing they are “vicious,” and […]

Zimbabwe President Criticizes Switzerland for Visa Denials

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has criticized Switzerland after his wife and five aides were denied visas. Mr. Mugabe said Sunday he was was “surprised, if not saddened” by the decision last week, which resulted in him canceling plans to attend a U.N. conference in Switzerland. He said the Swiss are showing they are “vicious,” and […]

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Mugabe Scraps Trip After Swiss Deny Visas to Entourage

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has canceled plans to attend a United Nations meeting in Switzerland this week after his wife and five aides were denied visas. State media on Wednesday quoted an unnamed foreign affairs official who called Switzerland’s decision on the visas “highly regrettable.” The official accused Switzerland of violating the U.N. host agreement […]

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