Switzerland votes against phasing out nuclear energy faster

Switzerland votes against phasing out nuclear energy faster

Swiss voted in a referendum on Sunday to reject a speedy exit from the nation’s five nuclear power plants, as concerns over losing energy independence outweighed safety worries raised by the measure’s proponents. Nearly 55 percent of voters turned down the initiative, with 45 percent favouring it in a vote that was part of the […]

France ‘asks Switzerland to hand over 45,000 UBS accounts’

France ‘asks Switzerland to hand over 45,000 UBS accounts’

French tax authorities have asked Switzerland to hand over client information for some 45,000 bank accounts as part of a probe into alleged tax fraud, Le Parisien daily said Monday. Swiss banking giant UBS said in July that the Swiss authorities had asked it to provide client information following a French request for international administrative […]

Man injures six in knife attack on Switzerland train

Man injures six in knife attack on Switzerland train

A man set a train carriage in Switzerland on fire using a flammable liquid and stabbed passengers on Saturday, injuring six people, including a six-year-old child, police said. The man, a 27-year-old Swiss citizen, carried out the attack on a train travelling in Switzerland’s far east, along its border with Liechtenstein, and was also injured, […]

France warm up for Euro 2016 with 3-0 win over Scotland

France warm up for Euro 2016 with 3-0 win over Scotland

Olivier Giroud silenced his doubters by scoring twice as France eased past Scotland 3-0 on Saturday in their final warm-up match ahead of next week’s Euro 2016 opener against Romania at the Stade de France. The Arsenal striker cleverly flicked home a Bacary Sagna cross to fire France into an eighth-minute lead in Metz, and […]

World’s longest tunnel opens in Switzerland

World’s longest tunnel opens in Switzerland

French President François Hollande joined other European leaders for the inauguration of the world’s longest tunnel, which officially opened in Switzerland on Wednesday. The 57 km-long Gotthard Base Tunnel, which cuts through the Swiss Alps, is set to slash journey times when it goes fully operational at the end of this year, with around 300 […]

Haunting Amazon ruins await adventurous World Cup visitors

Haunting Amazon ruins await adventurous World Cup visitors

PARICATUBA, Brazil – If Hollywood were to set a psychological thriller in the Amazon rainforest, the haunting Paricatuba Ruins would be the perfect backdrop. Massive root structures poke through the foundations of the once-stately neo-classical edifice, across the Rio Negro from the jungle metropolis of Manaus, one of the cities set to host World Cup […]