Incendiary devices thrown at Turkish consulate in Zurich
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss police say two incendiary devices have been thrown at the Turkish consulate general in Zurich and that three men have been arrested.
JERUSALEM (AP) — A long-hidden trove of unpublished works by Franz Kafka could soon be revealed following a decade-long battle over his literary estate that has drawn comparisons to some of his...
ZURICH (AP) — Brazilian soccer official Jose Maria Marin was banned for life by FIFA on Monday, 16 months after he was convicted of corruption charges in the United States.
ZURICH (AP) — Former France midfielder Florent Malouda has learned via Twitter that he was fired by Swiss soccer club FC Zurich.
Malouda wrote "really I didn't know that..??" after Zurich's...
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has hired long-time Portugal national team spokesman Onofre Costa as head of communications.
FIFA said Costa started work in Zurich on Monday with the title chief...
French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $5.1 billion penalty
PARIS (AP) — A French court ordered Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in fines and damages for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, sending...
Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, star of ‘Downfall,’ dies at 77
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who played Adolf Hitler cooped up in his Berlin bunker in "Downfall" and an angel in Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire," has died. He was 77.
German news agency dpa reported that Ganz's management said Saturday he died in Zurich.
Napoli record-holder Hamsik finalizes move to Dalian Yifang
ZURICH (AP) — Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said captain Marek Hamsik has joined Dalian Yifang of the Chinese Super League.
De Laurentiis, speaking ahead of Napoli's Europa League game against Zurich on Thursday, said Hamsik "has gone."
No financial details were released but local media reports say Dalian paid 20 million euros for Hamsik, who signed a three-year contract worth 9 million euros a year.
FIFA moves best player awards to Milan from London
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA is moving from London to have a night at the opera in Milan to honor the world's best players and coaches.
FIFA says the iconic Scala theater will host its annual awards ceremony on Sept. 23.
London has hosted the Best Awards for the past two years after FIFA's new leadership moved the event from long-time home Zurich. Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was voted the 2018 best player.
FIFA president Infantino is only candidate for election
ROME (AP) — As the only candidate for election, FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to serve four more years as the leader of soccer's governing body.
Infantino had the required nomination letters from five of the 211 member federations when the deadline passed at midnight Tuesday in Zurich, FIFA said Wednesday.
"Good news for football," Infantino said after arriving at a hotel in Rome, where his former employer UEFA is holding two days of meetings.
Europa League Draw List
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Monday for the last 32 of the Europa League:
Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
Club Brugge (Belgium) vs. Salzburg (Austria)
Rapid Vienna (Austria) vs. Inter Milan (Italy)
Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) vs. Genk (Belgium)
Krasnodar (Russia) vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Zurich (Switzerland) vs. Napoli (Italy)
Malmo (Sweden) vs. Chelsea (England)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
1 dead, 44 injured in Switzerland bus crash
BERLIN (AP) — Zurich police say a tour bus on its way to Germany has crashed in Switzerland, killing one person and injuring 44 others.
The dpa news agency reported Sunday that bus traveling to Duesseldorf from Genoa in Italy crashed at 4:15 a.m. south of Zurich, a city in northern Switzerland that is the country's financial hub.
Zurich canton (state) police say the bus went into a skid on the snowy road and crashed into a wall.
FIFA to meet women’s group fighting Iran stadium ban
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura will meet women campaigning to be allowed into Saturday's Asian Champions League final in Iran where they are legally barred from stadiums.
Samoura says she is meeting Thursday in Zurich with Open Stadiums activists who have a 200,000-name petition.
The 78,000-capacity Azadi Stadium in Tehran will host Persepolis trying to overcome a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Kashima Antlers of Japan.
Train hits construction vehicle in Germany, no one injured
BERLIN (AP) — Police say a night train traveling from Berlin to Zurich has collided with a small construction vehicle in southwestern Germany. No one was hurt.
Federal police said the accident happened south of Freiburg about 7 a.m. Sunday. The train, operated by Austria's OeBB, ran into the smaller vehicle at about 80 kph (50 mph), but construction workers were able to jump off before the crash.
Swiss court clears ex-banker who gave secrets to WikiLeaks
GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's high court has upheld the acquittal of a former bank accountant who handed over confidential client information to WikiLeaks, ruling Wednesday he wasn't bound by the country's strict banking secrecy laws at the time.
The Federal Tribunal validated a ruling by Zurich's regional supreme court in the case of Rudolf Elmer, a former top accountant at a Cayman Islands affiliate of Swiss bank Julius Baer who was fired in 2002.
Judi Dench honored at Zurich Film Festival
FIFA hires 2 top lawyers away from UEFA
GENEVA (AP) — In an unusual move between two of soccer's most powerful organizations, FIFA has hired a pair of top lawyers away from UEFA.
FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is run by president Gianni Infantino. He was the general secretary at UEFA, European soccer's governing body, until 2016.
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Fire near Zurich’s main train station disrupts transport
BERLIN (AP) — A fire in a building near Zurich's main train station is disrupting traffic and transport in Switzerland's biggest city.
The blaze in the building across the road from the station erupted early Saturday and left much of the structure in danger of collapse. During the fire, there were two explosions inside the building, where construction work had been underway in recent months. Local authorities said no one was injured.
Fire engulfs building near Zurich train station
MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles founding CEO Sergio Marchionne had been undergoing treatment for a "serious illness" for more than a year at Zurich University Hospital, where he died, the hospital said Thursday.
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on the death of Fiat Chrysler's former CEO, Sergio Marchionne (all times local):
The news agency ANSA is reporting that the cause of death of Fiat Chrysler automobile's founding CEO, Sergio Marchionne, was cardiac arrest.
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss bank UBS has posted a solid 9 percent increase in second quarter profits on the back of soaring gains in investment bank income and strong growth in its key global wealth management business.
The Zurich-based bank said Tuesday that "ongoing geopolitical tensions and rising protectionism" dampened investor confidence but that economic growth prospects were underpinning markets.
ZURICH (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani began a two-day visit to Switzerland on Monday that was expected to focus on salvaging progress from the nuclear deal the United States left.
Rouhani waved as he stepped down from his airplane onto the tarmac in Zurich where Swiss President Alain Berset waited to welcome him.
A military band played the countries' national anthems as the two presidents passed Swiss troops and climbed into a Swiss air force helicopter for a flight to the capital, Bern.
Gianandrea Noseda will become general music director of the Zurich Opera in the 2021-22 season, adding to his position as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
The 54-year-old conductor's new post was announced Monday, 2½ months after he quit as music director of the Teatro Regio Torino in Italy following the hiring of a new superintendent, who canceled a planned 2019 U.S. tour.
GENEVA (AP) — Speaking in English with a beaming smile, Vladimir Putin put his seal on Russia's World Cup hosting vote victory that eight years later is still under criminal investigation.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA's bid inspectors will hold a meeting in Zurich on Wednesday with the North American and Moroccan candidates hoping to host the 2026 World Cup.
Officials from the joint United States-Canada-Mexico team and Morocco are invited to answer questions from a FIFA-appointed panel evaluating their bids ahead of the June 13 vote, FIFA said Monday.
No date is set to publish the evaluation reports ahead of the vote by up to 207 FIFA member federations in Moscow.
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ZURICH (AP) — Captains of the three countries set to play Peru at the World Cup have co-signed a letter urging FIFA to find a way for team captain Paolo Guerrero — currently banned for a doping offense — to play at next month's tournament.
FIFPro, the global group of players' unions, released a letter Tuesday signed by France's Hugo Lloris, Denmark's Simon Kjaer and Australia's Mile Jedinak seeking a temporary lifting of Guerrero's suspension.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moves by the Fed and other major central banks to raise interest rates after a long period of keeping them low should not be disruptive to the global economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday.
In remarks prepared for a financial conference in Zurich, Powell said that the role U.S. monetary policy plays in driving global financial conditions and capital flows is often exaggerated.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA hosted talks with football's six continental governing bodies on Monday about a $25 billion offer to run two international competitions, seeking agreement before the World Cup kicks off in June.
FIFA President Gianni President wants support for a 12-year deal from 2021 with a Japanese-led consortium. It would expand the Club World Cup to a 24-team event every four years, and create a Nations League on a two-year cycle for more than 200 national teams.
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Andy Rihs, a Swiss businessman who owned the BMC Racing cycling team and Young Boys soccer club, has died. He was 75.
Rihs died Wednesday in Zurich after "a patient and valiantly endured illness," the BMC team said Thursday in a statement.
"Our grief is indescribable, but we will carry on his values," the team said, praising Rihs for his "generosity, his sense of humor, and his infectious laugh."
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss police say 15 people have been injured, one of them seriously, when a bus carrying foreign tourists crashed into a truck on a highway in northern Switzerland.
Zurich regional (cantonal) police said the driver of the bus and a travel guide, who was sitting at the front, had to be freed by firefighters.
Police said twelve of the tourists were slightly injured while three others were taken to the hospital. Police wouldn't immediately say where the tourists were from.
Slumping Swiss club Grasshoppers fires coach Murat Yakin
ZURICH (AP) — Grasshoppers says it has fired coach Murat Yakin as the 27-time Swiss champions fight against relegation.
The former Basel and Spartak Moscow coach will leave the club along with Hakan Yakin, his brother and a former Switzerland teammate.
Grasshoppers says in a statement it regrets firing Yakin, who was appointed only seven months ago.
ZURICH (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored with two stoppage-time headers and lifted Portugal to a stunning 2-1 win over Mohamed Salah-inspired Egypt in a friendly between World Cup-bound teams Friday.
Salah seemed to have won the game with a 56th-minute shot worthy of his fast-rising star status from the edge of the Portugal penalty area.
But one superstar was still on the field after Salah was substituted to a loud ovation in the 79th from fans at the Letzigrund in neutral Zurich.
Swiss charge 3 over alleged industrial espionage case
GENEVA (AP) — The Zurich prosecutor's office says three people have been charged for allegedly violating Swiss laws protecting trade secrets and banking secrecy in a case of suspected industrial espionage.
One of the defendants, who weren't identified, was also charged with extortion. The prosecutor's office declined to comment further Wednesday in an email.
Switzerland: 2 killed in apparent murder-suicide in Zurich
BERLIN (AP) — A man fired several shots at a woman and then shot himself in Zurich on Friday, Swiss police said, adding that both died in what appeared to have been a "relationship crime."
City police said they rushed to the scene near the central train station in Switzerland's biggest city after passers-by reported hearing shots on Friday afternoon. Officers found one person dead and a second with serious injuries, who subsequently died.
Dog’s tale has happy end, as Rapunzel the runaway resurfaces
BERLIN (AP) — A German Shepherd dog who disappeared from her home in Germany six months ago has resurfaced — more than 300 kilometers (180 miles) away in Switzerland.
Officials in Zurich say Rapunzel was found last week by an ambulance crew by the side of a highway near Zurich.
First responders determined the 8-year-old dog was badly injured and suffering from hypothermia, so they drove her to an animal hospital where she was treated for multiple fractures and internal bleeding.
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A HarpTime Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at the OHS Performing Arts Center. The solo concert will be performed by Sasha Boldachev, who founded HarpTime in Zurich, Switzerland and is traveling the world performing with his harp.
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Switzerland: 83-year-old kills wife in hospital, then self
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss police say an 83-year-old man apparently shot and killed his wife in her hospital bed near Zurich, then killed himself.
Zurich canton (state) police said staff at the hospital in Affoltern am Albis heard shots from the room of the patient, also aged 83, shortly after midnight on Wednesday. They found her lying in her bed and her husband lying on the floor, both with gunshot wounds.
Swiss Apple store evacuated after iPhone battery emits smoke
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities say smoke from an overheating iPhone battery prompted the evacuation of some 50 staffers and customers at an Apple store in downtown Zurich. A store employee sustained minor burns and seven people received medical treatment.
Marco Bisa of the Zurich police office says store staff "responded well and correctly" by sprinkling quartz sand on the overheating battery to contain the smoke, then opening ventilation systems to release it.
Egypt to play Portugal, Bulgaria in pre-WCup friendlies
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's soccer federation said on Sunday that the country's national team will meet Portugal and Bulgaria in friendly games as part of preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The federation said in a statement that Egypt will play Portugal on March 23 and Bulgaria four days later, with both matches to take place in Zurich, Switzerland.
Swiss woman angry over champagne refusal ejected from plane
BERLIN (AP) — German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne.
Reutlingen police say crew members were unable to calm the 44-year-old business class passenger, who was angered by their refusal to serve her more sparkling wine on the flight from Moscow late Saturday.
Fired FIFA ethics officials set up advice agency in Zurich
ZURICH (AP) — The judge and prosecutor removed from FIFA's ethics committee in May have set up an agency to advise on integrity in sports.
The new Sports Governance Unit says German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely will lead the Zurich-based firm.
The agency says "fans and sponsors expect more and more transparency and organizational governance standards."
Hope Solo says Blatter grabbed her; he calls it ‘ridiculous’
Hope Solo says former FIFA President Sepp Blatter grabbed her rear shortly before the two were to appear on stage at a prestigious soccer ceremony four years ago. A representative for Blatter called the allegation "ridiculous."
In an interview published Friday in the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national team recounted what happened at the Ballon d'Or awards in 2013 in Zurich.
Credit Suisse reports nearly 6-fold rise in profit
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss bank Credit Suisse has reported a nearly six-fold jump in third quarter net profit behind a "very strong" performance by its wealth management business amid continued cost savings and a restructuring plan.
The Zurich-based firm predicted strong global economic growth in the fourth quarter that could underpin its results despite political uncertainty.
Reinsurance company moving from Kansas to Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Swiss Re, a reinsurance company, says it plans to move its headquarters and 400 jobs from Overland Park, Kansas, to downtown Kansas City.
The move is expected in late 2018.
President and CEO Eric Smith says the move will bring the company closer to its lead U.S. regulator and provide a more modern workplace.
Walter Leutenegger, 76, of Baraboo, passed away Friday Oct. 20, 2017, at Our House Assisted Living in Wisconsin Dells.
Walter, son of Heinrich and Anna (Fluri) Leutenegger was born Oct. 18 1941, in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Hurricanes, earthquakes estimated to cost insurers $95B
GENEVA (AP) — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as two recent earthquakes in Mexico likely cost the insurance industry about $95 billion, said Swiss Re, one of the world's biggest reinsurers.
The Zurich-based company, which as a reinsurer provides backup policies to companies that write primary insurance policies, said Friday that the claims process is ongoing and estimates could evolve.