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Swiss teambuilding event ends up injuring dozens – media

A firewalking activity at a teambuilding event on Tuesday in the Swiss canton of Zurich has gone horribly wrong, resulting in 25 people being injured, including 13 seriously, local media have reported. An internal corporate event turned into what the local police have called a “major operation” for the medical …

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Massive fire stops arrivals at Swiss airport (VIDEO)

Thick black smoke from a nearby burning building temporarily stopped all arrivals at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday afternoon. Departures from the country’s second-busiest airport were left to the pilots’ discretion. The fire broke out at a reception facility for asylum-seekers that was under construction. “Due to a …

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EU’s oil embargo may benefit Russia – Swiss analyst

The ban on imports of Russian crude proposed by the EU authorities will only raise Moscow’s oil revenues, according to Norbert Rucker, head of economics and next-generation research at Swiss wealth manager Julius Baer. The impact of the ban on Russia is “debatable,” the analyst said in an interview with …

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Swiss cops seize half-ton of cocaine from espresso factory

More than 500kg of cocaine was discovered in a shipment of coffee beans at a Nespresso factory in Fribourg, Switzerland, local police revealed on Thursday. A group of workers at the factory, located in the town of Romont, discovered the white powder packaged with bags of coffee beans freshly delivered …

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Swiss bank reveals how much Russian money it holds

Swiss bank UBS is holding roughly $22 billion in invested assets for Russian clients. The figure was unveiled in the bank’s latest quarterly report on Tuesday. The money belongs to Russian residents potentially affected by sanctions placed on Moscow by the EU and Switzerland in connection with Russia’s military operation …

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Polish, Swiss sports officials announce Russia boycott plans

Athletes from Poland and Switzerland will boycott the International Swimming Federation (FINA) 2022 World Championships if Russia and Belarus are allowed to participate, claiming that competing against the two countries is inconceivable because of the attack on Ukraine. FINA is one of a diminishing number of sporting organizations not to have announced sanctions …

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Swiss banks reveal how much Russian money they hold

Swiss banks, prized for their anonymity and safety, made a rare estimation of holdings by Russian clients amid sanctions slapped on Moscow due to the military operation in Ukraine. The country’s Bankers Association (SBA) said on Thursday that there are between 150 and 200 billion Swiss francs ($160-$213 billion) of …

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WhatsApp, Signal & Telegram banned by Swiss Army

Swiss soldiers are required to stop using WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram, and use a domestic messenger instead, Swiss media reported this week. Data protection was cited as the reason. Commanders and chiefs of staff received an instruction in late December informing them of the new rules, according to Swiss media. …

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Swiss get to choose whether to keep vaccine passports in place

Some 62% of voters chose on Sunday to maintain the country’s coronavirus measures. These measures include a controversial system of Covid vaccination certificates, required since September to enter bars, restaurants, theaters and other public spaces. Majorities in 24 of Switzerland’s 26 cantons backed the law, with only the tiny cantons of …

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