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  • LHC results may solve riddle of how universe can exist

    11/15/2011 9:34:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 1+ views
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 15th November 2011 15:28 GMT | Lewis Page
    Top boffins at the Large Hadron Collider – mightiest particle-punisher and largest machine of any kind ever assembled by humanity – say that they may have uncovered a vital clue explaining one of the greatest mysteries of physics: namely, how is it that matter itself can exist? This is a mystery because the so-called Standard Model of physics calls for ordinary matter and antimatter to decay in very similar ways. Theory also says that equal amounts of antimatter and regular-type matter (such as that making up the Sun, the Earth, all the life upon it including us etc) should have...
  • Muslims outraged over pig parts dumped at Swiss mosque site

    11/12/2011 8:21:08 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 93 replies · 1+ views
    cnn.com ^ | Nov.12, 2011 | Brian Walker
    (CNN) -- Muslims in Switzerland are responding with shock and outrage after a pig carcass and severed swine heads were discovered buried at the site of a proposed mosque. Police in the town of Grenchen uncovered the pigs Friday after they received an anonymous message claiming that someone had buried the body parts and spilled 120 liters of blood from the animals in an effort to desecrate the ground to halt the construction of the mosque. Pork and pork byproducts are haram, or forbidden, in Islam. The unsigned flier, written in German, says "This operation was done (conducted) to protest...
  • Belgium to switch off nuclear, operator sees blackout ahead

    11/06/2011 8:45:20 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | Oct 31, 2011 | Christian Spillmann
    As Belgium becomes the latest European nation to agree to switch off nuclear power, operator Electrabel warned Monday of high costs, environmental fallout and increased dependency on foreign suppliers. ... A front-page cartoon in the Flemish daily De Standaard on Monday showed four pairs of eyes in the dark with one of the blacked out faces saying, "I think Electrabel is trying to make a message heard." ... Italy and Switzerland meanwhile have put nuclear power plans on ice, while Germany switched off several reactors in the wake of the Japanese disaster and has since passed legislation to phase out...
  • OWS Spreads To Iran...Surprise, Surprise!

    10/22/2011 4:04:15 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 14 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 10/22/2011 | Pat Dollard
    Students, who are members of the Basij militia, a part of the Iran Revolutionary Guard, attend a gathering in support of anti-Wall Street demonstrators in front of the U.S. interest section of the Swiss embassy in Tehran October 22, 2011. A group of Iranian demonstrators chant slogans in a gathering to show their support of US Wall Street protestors, as one of them holds Muslims holy book, Quran, at right, in front of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which handles US interests in Iran, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (AP photo/Vahid Salemi)
  • Five Arrested in Spain for Funding Terrorism

    10/03/2011 12:37:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    SNIPPET: "They are believed to have supported "terrorist groups that operate in the Algerian area of the Maghreb, specifically al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb" (AQIM), a Spanish ministry statement claimed. The group, aged 36 to 49, is also suspected of linking up with Islamist support groups in Italy, France, and Switzerland."
  • I Am going to move My sphere of authority into place now upon My Foundation![charismatic caucus]

    10/02/2011 3:24:54 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 10-2-11 | Jedediah
    I Am going to move My sphere of authority into place now upon My Foundation and "TRUTH" shall be its Robe ! Zechariah 4:9 9The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundations of this house; his hands shall also finish it. Then you shall know (recognize and understand) that the Lord of hosts has sent me [His messenger] to you. The unction of My Spirit is something to be followed not ignored ! My blessings flow through My Spirit and Guiding counselor of My very Heart ! So understand this ; To reject My Spirit is to deny Me ,...
  • Neil Kinnock's daughter-in-law becomes Denmark's first female PM

    09/20/2011 6:29:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 16 Sep 2011 | Richard Orange
    Lord Kinnock's daughter-in-law Helle Thorning-Schmidt is to become Denmark’s first woman prime minister after winning a knife-edge victory in the country’s general election. As the first votes came in on Thursday night, her centre-left coalition, which was the strong favourite to win, at one point fell behind the government, but pulled ahead by the end of the night to win 89 of the country’s seats next to the 86 seats won by the coalition led by Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen. Addressing victorious Social Democratic Party members last night, Ms Thorning-Schmidt, 44, said: “Today is the day things change in...
  • Switzerland sees record September snowfall

    09/20/2011 7:15:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | 20 Sep 2011
    Snow fell in the Swiss Alps overnight on Sunday to levels unseen for the month of September, Swiss weather agency Meteosuisse reported on Monday. In the ski resort of St Moritz, in the southeast canton of Grison, a total of 45 centimetres (nearly 18 inches) of snow was recorded on Monday morning... the snow line to 800 metres (2,600 feet).
  • Swiss Member of Parliament Has Had Enough! [VIDEO]

    09/16/2011 5:26:37 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 36 replies
    YouTube ^ | MP Oskar Freysinger
    Watch the short video clip, with subtitles, at the link. '"Love thy neighbor,' THAT is the pillar!"
  • U.S. readies papers v. Swiss banks on tax evasion (Tax Haven No More)

    09/12/2011 8:12:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/11/2011 | By Lynnley Browning
    he United States is drafting legal documents that seek to force nearly a dozen Swiss banks and international banks with Swiss branches to disclose the identities of American clients evading billions of dollars in taxes, sources briefed on the matter said. The drafting of the documents -- grand jury subpoenas and broad requests known as John Doe summonses -- is a fresh U.S. shot across the bow at Switzerland and its battered tradition of bank secrecy. The Alpine country, a noted tax haven that is the global capital of offshore private banking, has been under attack from U.S. Justice Department...
  • Switzerland's offensive in the foreign exchange wars could backfire spectacularly

    09/06/2011 5:58:35 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/6/2011 | Damian Reece
    Zurich launched the biggest offensive yet in the world's escalating currency wars on Tuesday. It has joined countries such as Japan and Brazil in deciding to take action and defend itself against the risks to its domestic economy of an overvalued currency. The last time it adopted such tactics was in 1978 but, as with conventional warfare, much has changed since then. The nature of the enemy is different. So too is the style of combat. Switzerland, in trying to force down the value of its currency, is taking on the unpredictable but mighty forces being unleashed by a disintegrating...
  • Anti-Kosovar ads ignite fiery debate

    09/01/2011 9:28:20 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    worldradio.ch ^ | Sept 01, 2011 | Not Listed
    “A Kosovar stabs a Swiss man.” “A Kosovar kills the head of social services.” These are not newspaper headlines but instead the latest set of newspaper ads the Swiss People’s Party is running ahead of the general elections in October. They feature recent crimes committed by Kosovars with an image of their ubiquitous campaign poster “stop massive immigration” showing people trampling the Swiss flag. It is causing an uproar in many quarters including the Swiss Conference of Bishops. Critics say the Swiss People’s Party is trying to get votes by demonizing Kosovars. WRS’s Dave Goodman talks to Ulrich Schlüer, a...
  • ‘Sex box’ for Swiss kindergarteners has genitalia toys: will teach sexuality is pleasurable

    08/25/2011 4:02:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 77 replies · 1+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/25/11 | Hilary White
    BASEL, August 25, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Kindergarten children in Basel, Switzerland will be presented this year with fabric models of human genitalia in a “sex box” to teach them that “contacting body parts can be pleasurable.” The kit for teachers to give sex-education lessons to primary school children uses models and recommends having children massage each other or to rub themselves with warm sand bags, accompanied by soft music, according to The Local, a Swiss newspaper in English. “Children should be encouraged to develop and experience their sexuality in a pleasurable way,” Daniel Schneider, a deputy kindergarten rector for Basel...
  • Swiss trial opens for 3 accused eco-terrorists

    07/19/2011 2:09:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/19/11
    Three accused eco-terrorists went on trial under heavy security in Switzerland's highest criminal court Tuesday for an alleged plot to blow up an IBM nanotech research center near Zurich. The trial in the Federal Criminal Court for an Italian couple and Swiss man living in Italy opened after a one-hour delay because of the extraordinary security taken by Swiss police, who cordoned off the area with metal barriers. The three defendants — 35-year-old Costantino Alfonso Ragusa, his 29-year-old wife Silvia Ragusa Guerini and their 26-year-old Swiss friend Luca "Billy" Cristos Bernasconi — had been detained after being arrested last year...
  • Suicidal Swiss man crashes plane into mother's house (family feud gone postal)

    07/18/2011 11:30:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 07/18/11
    Suicidal Swiss man crashes plane into mother's house A Swiss man rang his mother from the cockpit of a rented plane to say he was about to 'drop in' – then crashed the aircraft into her house. 6:16PM BST 18 Jul 2011 Suicidal Konrad Schmidt, 47, launched the kamikaze attack on estranged mother Rosemary after terrifying neighbours with three low-altitude fly-pasts. He then flew the twin-engined light aircraft directly through her first floor bedroom window. Mrs Schmidt, 69, miraculously survived because she was in the basement of her home in the village of Oberhallau at the time on Sunday afternoon....
  • Swiss Parliament to discuss gold franc

    07/09/2011 5:21:30 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | July 8, 2011, 4:12 a.m. EDT | By Agnese Smith
    <p>The Swiss Parliament is expected later this year to discuss the creation of a gold franc — a parallel currency to the official Swiss franc, likely triggering a broader debate about the role of the precious metal in the Alpine nation.</p>
  • Pilatus 'to sign record aircraft deal with India'

    06/18/2011 9:04:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Pilatus 'to sign record aircraft deal with India' (AFP) – 46 minutes ago GENEVA — Switzerland's Pilatus Aircraft is about to sign a record deal to supply 75 of its successful PC-7 trainer planes to the Indian Air Force for 850 million francs ($1 billion), a press report said Saturday. The daily Le Temps, which described the contract as the biggest in the company's history, said it could eventually be extended to as many as 200 of the single-engined turboprop. Pilatus declined to comment on the report that the trainer had been selected as the winner of offers invited by...
  • Choking and Pleading for Water as He Dies... This Has Been a Happy Event

    06/12/2011 6:18:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 96 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | Lucy Connolly
    Fury at suicide on BBCA DESPERATELY ill man will be shown on TV choking and begging for water before he dies in a suicide clinic. The harrowing scenes to be screened by BBC2 on Monday are set to spark outrage. Millionaire hotelier Peter Smedley, 71, was filmed swallowing a lethal dose of the barbiturate Nembutal - helped down with a praline chocolate. He gasps for breath. Within a minute his face turns red and he chokes as he pleads for water. The documentary Choosing To Die shows an "escort" at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland holding on to Peter as...
  • Burka Ban: First France, Now Switzerland?

    06/01/2011 4:35:08 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 7 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | June 2, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Okay, so France wasn’t the first nation to ban burkas. In Turkey, a Muslim-majority nation, we’ve seen similar bans before. Of late: Citizens of canton Ticino may be the first in Switzerland to vote on a proposal to ban women from wearing burkas in public. A committee there has gathered the 10,000 petition signatures required to launch an initiative that could forbid the wearing of burkas and other veils that hide the face. For the record, I support the separation of mosque and state and therefore burka bans for numerous reasons. To support safety efforts is hardly Islamophobic either: The...
  • Kamprad pledges Ikea 'transparency'

    05/18/2011 10:21:38 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 14 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 05/18/2011 | AFP/The Local
    Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish furnishings giant IKEA, has promised more transparency over the firm's business affairs, saying that it has nothing to hide after a slew of allegations in recent years. "We have nothing to hide. There is no pretension to hide anything. We are going to go through everything and show that we follow each country's laws and regulations," Ingvar Kamprad, the 85-year-old billionaire who founded IKEA in 1943, told the Expressen daily. "We will make ourselves more transparent," he said. Kamprad's comments came a few months after a documentary aired on Swedish public television, SVT, alleged...
  • Google threatens to shut down Swiss Street View

    05/11/2011 12:46:03 PM PDT · by rawhide · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 5-10-11 | FRANK JORDANS
    GENEVA (AP) -- Google is threatening to wipe photographs of streets and houses in Switzerland from its online maps unless the country's supreme court overturns a ruling requiring an absolute guarantee of anonymity for people captured on the popular Street View service. Shutting down Street View in an entire country would be the Internet search giant's most severe response yet to complaints it is violating people's privacy. The Mountain View, California-based company said Wednesday it will ask the Swiss Federal Tribunal to throw out a lower court decision that obliged it to ensure all faces and vehicle license plates are...
  • France: Mulhouse airport traffic controller killed

    04/27/2011 6:17:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | AFP
    An air traffic controller has been found stabbed to death at the EuroAirport outside Mulhouse, France, near the Swiss and German borders. Police say the 34-year-old was found in a pool of blood in an office in the control tower that is accessible only with an identity badge. Prosecutors have opened a murder investigation, French reports say. The victim, a married father of one who has not been named, was a senior official at the airport. A spokesman for the civil aviation authority, the DGAC, said the victim, who had worked at the airport since leaving education in 1998, was...
  • Pursue The Lord's vigil of righgteousness \o/

    04/25/2011 6:34:21 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 8 replies
    My children you have done well to pursue My vigil for I am seeking after righteousness , virtue and truth , not from man but from Vessels filled with this drink for I am their Melchizedek and Lord . So come to Me that I may feed your soul and allow you to drink Me in for "I AM THAT I AM" your Eternal Sustainer and Guiding Light, The Lord of Hosts to all that will have Me as their wine, and drink in only me for I Am their complete inheritance . The name Melchizedek means king of righteousness...
  • The EU at a glance

    04/16/2011 5:38:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Europa ^ | this it timeless | some committee of moonbats
    Did you know that the EU has ensured that there has been no war between its members for last 60 years?
  • Robot ‘quadrocopters’ play a real life game of Pong

    03/30/2011 6:09:30 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 12 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 3/30/11 | Jeffrey Van Camp
    Researchers in Switzerland have created flying robot quadrocopters capable of responding fast enough to juggle and bounce a ball back and forth with one another. Here’s something you don’t see every day. Researchers in Switzerland have designed small, remote control “quadrocopters” capable of seeing and reacting fast enough to bounce a ball back and forth.Equipped with a tennis racket on top of them, the duo bounces the ball around a netted-off section of a Swiss building. Both units are controlled by humans, but could theoretically be programmed as well. Unfortunately, no program is fast enough to play pong in real...
  • What's The Safest Currency To Own When The World Is Going To Garbage?

    03/11/2011 11:17:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies · 2+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 03/11/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    In its latest FX Pulse, Morgan Stanley looks at the idea of save-haven currencies, the three most note-worthy typically being The Swiss Franc (CHF), the Yen (JPY), and yes, today's huge winner, the Dollar (USD). The firm looked at 18 outbreaks of war since 1990. What it found, specifically, was that the dollar does best at the onset of a crisis. Following that, however, the Swiss Franc outperforms. The full note: In the full sample, the return versus USD on the announcement day was negative for both the safe haven CHF and JPY, as well as the higher-beta currencies such...
  • Switzerland votes to keep guns

    02/14/2011 2:30:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/14/2011
    Switzerland, which has the highest rate of suicide by firearms in Europe, has voted to let their citizens keep army-issue weapons at home. A referendum, launched by a coalition of non-governmental groups, religious authorities and centre-left parties, pushed to have the weapons stored in armouries instead. The initiative also aimed to abolish the practice of allowing those on military service to keep their government-issue assault rifles even after they leave the army. But the coalition failed to secure the votes of both a majority of the population and cantons. Final results showed that 20 out of 26 cantons were against...
  • Switzerland rejects tighter gun controls

    02/13/2011 10:55:01 PM PST · by Innovative · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 Feb 2011 | BBC
    Swiss voters have rejected proposed tighter controls on gun ownership, final results show. Twenty of the 26 cantons and 56.3% of voters rejected the plan, meaning the current system allowing army-issue weapons to be kept at home will remain. There are an estimated two to three million guns circulating in Switzerland. No-one knows the exact number because there is no national firearms register, our correspondent adds.
  • Swiss vote to keep army guns at home

    02/13/2011 7:37:18 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 54 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 2/13/2011 | Hui Min Neo
    Swiss vote to keep army guns at home by Hui Min Neo Hui Min NeoGENEVA (AFP) – Switzerland, which has the highest rate of suicide by firearms in Europe, voted Sunday to hold fast to its long-standing tradition of letting citizens keep army-issue weapons at home.A referendum, launched by a coalition of non-governmental groups, religious authorities and centre-left parties, sought to get the weapons stored in armouries instead.The initiative also wanted to abolish the practice of allowing those on military service to keep their government-issue assault rifles even after they leave the army.Just two hours after polls closed, 22 out...
  • Swiss freeze possible Mubarak assets

    02/11/2011 5:54:30 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 25 replies
    'I can confirm that Switzerland has frozen possible assets of the former Egyptian president with immediate effect,' spokesman Lars Knuchel said soon after Mr Mubarak bowed to 18 days of mass protests. 'As a result of this measure any assets are frozen for three years.' He did not say how much money was involved or where it was. Assets belonging to Mr Mubarak's associates would also be targeted so as to limit the chance of state funds being plundered, the ministry said.
  • Breaking...Fox News Reports Switzerland has frozen Mubarak assets

    02/11/2011 9:42:44 AM PST · by Samizdat · 26 replies
    Fox News | 2/11/11 | Fox News
    Fox News Reports Switzerland has frozen the assets of Mubarak.
  • Bush Cancels Switzerland Visit Under Threat of Protests, Efforts to Arrest Him

    02/07/2011 9:40:45 AM PST · by speciallybland · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/07/2011 | Bridget Johnson
    President George W. Bush has canceled an event in the famously neutral country Switzerland because of expected protests to his presence there. Bush was supposed to give the keynote address at a Jewish group's charity gala on Feb. 12 in Geneva. Leftist groups had planned to protest the visit, according to news agencies. But several human rights groups had also filed criminal complaints against Bush, demanding that he be taken into custody if he stepped on Swiss soil and investigated for allegations of ordering torture.
  • Bush cancels Switzerland visit under threat of protests, efforts to arrest him

    02/05/2011 8:33:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies
    Bush cancels Switzerland visit under threat of protests, efforts to arrest him By Bridget Johnson - 02/05/11 09:59 AM ET President George W. Bush has canceled an event in the famously neutral country Switzerland because of expected protests to his presence there. Bush was supposed to give the keynote address at a Jewish group's charity gala on Feb. 12 in Geneva. Leftist groups had planned to protest the visit, according to news agencies. But several human rights groups had also filed criminal complaints against Bush, demanding that he be taken into custody if he stepped on Swiss soil and investigated...
  • George W. Bush to Pass on Switzerland Trip (Because of hostile welcome from left wing groups)

    02/06/2011 8:28:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    George W. Bush to Pass on Switzerland Trip Share posted at 8:45 pm on February 5, 2011 by Jazz Shaw regular view Previous signs of “Miss me yet?” may have sprung up around various points in the United States, but in certain portions of Europe the 43rd president is still not getting a warm reception. After agreeing to assist in a charity event for a Jewish group in Switzerland, warning signs indicated that some left wing groups were preparing a decidedly hostile welcome for Bush and the trip had to be canceled. President George W. Bush has canceled an...
  • Entrenched views prevail in Swiss gun debate

    02/02/2011 3:25:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    swissinfo.ch ^ | Feb 1, 2011 | Clare O’Dea
      Feb 1, 2011 - 08:20 Entrenched views prevail in Swiss gun debate Image Caption: Window shopping outside a Zurich gun shop (Keystone) by Clare O'Dea, swissinfo.ch Ahead of the vote on banning army-issue firearms from households, indignation is the order of the day in the comments from swissinfo.ch's international readers. The February 13 vote has sparked the most interest from United States-based readers, probably the country where the debate has the most resonance. After a controversial ban on privately held firearms in Belgium, the issue is also a sore point there. The views of contributors to swissinfo.ch feedback may...
  • WikiLeaks reportedly gets info on ‘pillars of society’

    01/17/2011 11:58:53 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 1/17/11 | Kate Gibson
    Former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer on Monday gave WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange data on about 2,000 clients that he contends may have evaded taxes, published reports said. At a press conference in London, Elmer told reporters about 40 politicians and “pillars of society” were among the individuals he gave Assange information on, the reports said. Elmer told The Observer newspaper during the weekend that the individuals named in the data include “business people, politicians, people who have made their living in the arts and multinational conglomerates — from both sides of the Atlantic.” Elmer once headed the Cayman Islands office...
  • Local Swiss bank probed [Cayman Islands]

    09/20/2009 2:04:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 613+ views
    Cayman Net News ^ | September 18, 2009 | Kerry Harvey
    A Swiss bank that used its Cayman Islands’ branch to engage in what a US federal judge has branded “predatory lending practices” is being investigated by the US authorities. Senior officials of Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, are facing claims that they pocketed millions of dollars by dishing out loans that were impossible to repay. On Tuesday, 15 September, 31 of the bank’s officials received subpoenas demanding that they hand over internal documents that explain why they loaned $375 million to the now bankrupt Yellowstone Club in 2005. The Yellowstone Club, founded by American tycoon Tim Blixseth, was once...
  • Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer plans to hand over offshore banking secrets...to WikiLeaks

    01/16/2011 5:03:35 AM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    The (Red) Guardian ^ | 1/16/11 | Ed Vulliamy
    The offshore bank account details of 2,000 "high net worth individuals" and corporations – detailing massive potential tax evasion – will be handed over to the WikiLeaks organisation in London tomorrow by the most important and boldest whistleblower in Swiss banking history, Rudolf Elmer, two days before he goes on trial in his native Switzerland. British and American individuals and companies are among the offshore clients whose details will be contained on CDs presented to WikiLeaks at the Frontline Club in London. Those involved include, Elmer tells the Observer, "approximately 40 politicians". Elmer, who after his press conference will return...
  • Close up of Rafale over Swiss Alps winner in Best of the Rest in cover competition

    01/03/2011 8:34:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flight Global ^ | December 27, 2010 | Will Horton
    Close up of Rafale over Swiss Alps winner in Best of the Rest in cover competition By Will Horton on December 27, 2010 This stunningly up-close photograph of a Dassault Rafale at Sion Air Base in Switzerland earned a place in our cover competition's "best of the rest" category. Taken with a Canon EOS 500D by AirSpace photographer Niels_Boswinkel. Look out for details next November for 2011's cover competition. Until then you can upload your photos to AirSpace for a chance to have one featured as our Image of the Week, or to be printed in our publications.
  • Package bomb injures one at Swiss embassy in Rome

    12/23/2010 5:49:02 AM PST · by null and void · 21 replies · 6+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:18 PM
    A package exploded at the Swiss Embassy in Rome today, injuring one person. The explosion occurred when the package was opened by an embassy staffer who was injured and taken to the hospital, news agencies reported. There have been growing concerns in Europe about holiday season attacks following a suicide bombing in Sweden and security services’ fears of an assault on a European city modelled on the deadly shooting spree in Mumbai, India. On Tuesday, there was a bomb scare in the Rome subway after authorities discovered a suspicious package with wires and powder under a seat. The device was...
  • Mormons, U.S. officials seek way around Swiss missionary restriction

    12/20/2010 8:06:12 AM PST · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 16, 2010 | Kelly Marshall Smoot
    Because of changes in Swiss immigration and labor laws, the Mormon church and other religious groups soon will be unable to send any non-European missionaries to Switzerland. But Mormon leaders and some U.S. government officials are hoping to find a way around that change in policy. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officials issued a statement on Tuesday saying Mormons have "a long history in Switzerland dating back to 1850. We hope a solution can be found that allows missionaries, regardless of their country of origin to serve the Swiss people." A group of 13 Mormon members of Congress,...
  • Switzerland considers repealing incest laws

    Switzerland is considering repealing its incest laws because they are "obsolete".
  • Calvins Reign of Terror

    12/15/2010 7:22:45 PM PST · by narses · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Geneva was a church-city-state of 15,000 people, and the church constitution now recognized "pastors, doctors, elders and deacons," but the supreme power was given to the magistrate, John Calvin. In November 1552, the Council declared Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion to be a "holy doctrine which no man might speak against." Thus the State issued dogmatic decrees, the force of which had been anticipated earlier, as when Jacques Gruet, a known opponent of Calvin, was arrested, tortured for a month and beheaded on July 26, 1547, for placing a letter in Calvin's pulpit calling him a hypocrite. Gruet's book...
  • Jewish/Christian/Indian Conspiracy Behind WikiLeaks Revelations

    12/06/2010 4:53:39 PM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 12-6-10
    Pakistani Columnist Matloob Ahmad Warraich Alleges Jewish/Christian/Indian Conspiracy Behind WikiLeaks Revelations, Says: 'The American and Jewish Lobbies, Whose Mouths have Tasted Human Blood, These Wolves Now Want to Create Confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran'; 'Ahmadinejad, Once Declared as Hitler by WikiLeaks, is… Fighting Valiantly' In a recent article, senior Pakistani columnist Matloob Ahmad Warraich alleged that the Jewish, Christian, European, American, Israeli, and Indian lobbies are behind the release of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables by the website WikliLeaks. Warraich, who has lived for 26 years in Switzerland and moved his family from the U.S. to Pakistan after...
  • Wikileaks: Swiss bank freezes Julian Assange's account

    12/06/2010 11:41:35 AM PST · by longjack · 31 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | BBC
    The Swiss post office's bank, PostFinance, has frozen the accounts of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange {..] Meanwhile, a warrant for Mr Assange's arrest has reached the UK authorities. Article Here
  • DNS Server Shuts Down WikiLeaks' Domain & Amazon Explains Why They Ousted WikiLeaks

    12/03/2010 12:03:08 AM PST · by bd476 · 38 replies
    EveryDNS.net EveryDNS.net Status All systems are functioning normally. EveryDNS.net provided domain name system (DNS) services to the wikileaks.org domain name until 10PM EST, December 2, 2010, when such services were terminated. As with other users of the EveryDNS.net network, this service was provided for free. The termination of services was effected pursuant to, and in accordance with, the EveryDNS.net Acceptable Use Policy. More specifically, the services were terminated for violation of the provision which states that "Member shall not interfere with another Member's use and enjoyment of the Service or another entity's use and enjoyment of similar services." The...
  • Obama Sending Attorney General to Zurich to Lobby for World Cup 2022 in U.S. (Really)

    11/29/2010 4:39:13 PM PST · by kristinn · 67 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News via Twitter ^ | Monday, November 29, 2010 | Mark Knoller
    Attorney General Holder heads to Zurich, Switzerland tomorrow to lobby to bring the World Cup to the U.S. in 2022.Justice Dept. says Holder is making the trip to Zurich at the request of Pres. Obama to show US commitment to host World Cup in 2022. Pres. Obama lost U.S. effort in '09 to host 2016 Summer Olympics. WH hopes Holder's mission to Zurich doesn't end up a Swiss miss.Perhaps we'll find out more about the World Cup mission from Holder's cables in the next WikiLeaks document disclosures.
  • Swiss voters back expulsion of foreign criminals

    11/28/2010 1:42:55 PM PST · by chrisam · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 28 November 2010
    Swiss voters have backed a referendum proposal for the automatic expulsion of non-Swiss citizens for certain crimes. Around 53% agreed that those convicted of crimes ranging from murder to benefit fraud should be deported. Fabrice Moscheni, of the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP), which drew up the measure, said "people we welcome in Switzerland should respect the rules of this country". But opponents said it was another example of increasing xenophobia. The SVP was behind last year's referendum that imposed a ban on the building of Islamic minarets. That decision was condemned by human rights groups and foreign governments. The...
  • Pope Announces New Bishop of Basel

    11/23/2010 10:17:37 AM PST · by 0beron
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/22/2010 | Tancred
    (kreuz.net, Basel) Msgr Felix Gmür is the new Bishop of Basel, according to the Vatican Press Service. Pope Benedict XVI, had assumed the choice of the Basel Cathedral on the Feast of the Nativity of Mary on the 8th of September. Prior to that, Msgr Gmür worked as necktie priest and General Secretary of the Swiss Bishops conference. A further speculation of the protestant journalist and church-hater Micheal Meier, that it would have been Dennis Theurillat (60), has proven itself to be false.
  • Proof of extra dimensions possible next year: CERN

    11/16/2010 5:24:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 15, 2010 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Scientists at the CERN research center say their "Big Bang" project is going beyond all expectations and the first proof of the existence of dimensions beyond the known four could emerge next year. In surveys of results of nearly 8 months of experiments in their Large Hadron Collider (LHC), they also say they may be able to determine by the end of 2011 whether the mystery Higgs particle, or boson, exists. Guido Tonelli, spokesman for one of the CERN specialist teams monitoring operations in the vast, subterranean LHC, said probing for extra dimensions -- besides length, breadth, height...