Swiss Press Mix
Swiss - U.S. Issues
Solar Impulse to take off for Texas soon
Le premier avion solaire devait quitter tôt mercredi Phoenix dans l'Arizona (sud-ouest) pour entamer la deuxième étape de sa traversée des Etats-Unis qui le conduira à Dallas au Texas (sud).
Swiss - Global Issues
Relocation tempts international organizations
A number of countries are ready to pay a high price to entice international organisations to move away from Geneva. Hosting a branch of the United Nations or other major organisations offers prestige and generates a lot of money.
China's Prime Minister will visit Bern tomorrow. The purpose of the visit is to finalise a free trade treaty between the two countries. Swiss banks are also positioning themselves as main currency brokers for the Chinese Renminbi
Beim Freihandelsabkommen mit China ist der Bund auf gutem Weg. Für die Banken liegt noch mehr in der Luft. Finanzprofessor Martin Janssen sieht einige Vorteile.
Swiss - European Issues
Swiss diplomat defends European Court solution
The European Court of Justice could settle differences between Switzerland and the European Union over their future bilateral relationship, a top Swiss diplomat has told the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper.
Swiss Domestic Issues
Driver error likely cause of fatal bus crash
A fatal bus crash that claimed the lives of 28 people, including 22 schoolchildren, last year was almost certainly caused by driver illness or by his inattention, according to a report by Swiss investigators.
Alcohol abuse linked to domestic violence
Alcohol plays a role in many cases of domestic violence in Switzerland. Almost every second woman who is subject to abuse says that alcohol consumption is a problem in her relationship, according to a study.
Parents withdraw from inquiry into death of U.S. engineer Shane Todd
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The parents of a U.S. engineer found dead in Singapore last year said on Wednesday they will not take part in the rest of a coroner's inquiry into his death, which they say was linked to a project involving the transfer of sensitive technology to China.
The U.S. in the Swiss Press
Battle begins against drones and killer robots
The intensive use of drones by the Obama administration is feeding a wave of protest and criticism which reaches Geneva next week when a coalition of NGOs will call for a halt to the race to build technology for autonomous killing robots.
Whole neighbourhoods razed by Oklahoma tornado that killed 24
MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Rescuers went building to building in search of victims and survivors picked through the rubble of their shattered homes on Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, wiping out blocks of houses and killing at least 24 people.
Homophobia is on the rise in New York
La Grande Pomme a été ces derniers jours le théâtre d'actes particulièrement violents à l'encontre de la communauté homosexuelle, avec notamment deux agressions et un meurtre.
Al-Jazeera to launch its own chain of U.S. broadcast stations
Le service en anglais du groupe de télévision qatari Jazeeraest accessible actuellement dans une poignée de villes américaines. Mais le groupe va passer à la vitesse supérieure en lançant une chaîne spécifique pour les Etats-Unis.
Microsoft releases new Xbox
Microsoft doit lever le voile mardi sur la dernière édition de sa console de salon Xbox, qu'il espère imposer comme un centre de divertissement incontournable à la maison.
U.S. investigates Apple's tax strategy
Die Steuerstrategie von Apple kommt heute im US-Senat auf den Tisch: Durch die Gründung von Offshore-Firmen umgehe der Konzern Zahlungen in Milliardenhöhe. Diese Gesetzeslücke soll nun gestopft werden.
AP faces troubles after being investigated by U.S. government: important sources are now wary of providing information
Nach der Bespitzelung durch die Regierung klagt die Agentur AP über Probleme: Hochrangige Quellen befürchten von der Regierung beobachtet zu werden und seien deshalb sehr zurückhaltend.
North Korea / China
North Korea sends top Kim Jong-un aide to Beijing
SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea sent one of its top military officials as a "special envoy" from its leader Kim Jong-un to Beijing on Wednesday, accompanied by a high-powered delegation in what appeared to be a bid to mend frayed relations with its most important ally.
China / India
With wary eye on the U.S., China courts India
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, smiling and effusive, was out to smooth ruffled feathers in India this week, promising to ease tensions and increase trade between Asia's fastest growing economies in his first trip overseas since taking office.
Iran bars candidates for presidential election
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian authorities barred two potentially powerful and disruptive candidates from running in next month's presidential election on Tuesday, ensuring a contest largely among hardliners loyal to the clerical supreme leader.
United Kingdom / EU
Britain asks EU to put Hezbollah armed wing on terror list
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain said on Tuesday it had asked the European Union to put Hezbollah's military arm on its list of terrorist organisations, urging Europe to respond robustly to evidence of the Islamist group's involvement in an attack that killed five Israelis.
United Arab Emirates / Africa
According to International Fund for Animal Welfare, a shipment containing 259 elephant tusks from Africa was seized in Dubaï
Une cargaison de 259 défenses d'éléphants venues d'Afrique a été saisie aux Emirats arabes unis, a annoncé mardi l'ONG International Fund for Animal Welfare (Fonds international pour le bien-être des animaux).