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Swiss vote for public media

Swiss vote for public mediaSwiss voters on Sunday rejected a proposal that would have cut taxpayer funding to public broadcasters, after a campaign that stirred debate about the media’s role in fostering national unity. The “No Billag” initiative — a reference to the Billag firm that collects the media licensing fee — divided Switzerland on political and generational lines. Rejection of the initiative was “a strong sign for the public service and for private regional radio and television,” said the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SSR) director Gilles Marchand.



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Swiss vote for public media

Swiss vote for public mediaSwiss voters on Sunday rejected a proposal that would have cut taxpayer funding to public broadcasters, after a campaign that stirred debate about the media’s role in fostering national unity. The “No Billag” initiative — a reference to the Billag firm that collects the media licensing fee — divided Switzerland on political and generational lines. Rejection of the initiative was “a strong sign for the public service and for private regional radio and television,” said the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SSR) director Gilles Marchand.



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Swiss admit drone test bungle in Golan Heights

Swiss admit drone test bungle in Golan HeightsSwitzerland’s defense ministry has admitted sending staff to test reconnaissance drones in contested land held by Israel – an embarrassing blow for the neutral European country’s status as an honest broker in the Middle East. Swiss officials visited an airfield in the Golan Heights region on three occasions in 2012, 2013 and 2015 to monitor tests of the Israeli-built Hermes 900 aircraft that they are buying for $ 265 million. The visits, which lasted several days, took place in an area which Switzerland does not recognize as being part of Israel, which took the land from Syria following a 1967 war.



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Swiss Alpine Pass Yields 4,000-Year-Old Bow, Arrows and Lunch Box

Swiss Alpine Pass Yields 4,000-Year-Old Bow, Arrows and Lunch BoxPieces of a 4,000-year-old bow, arrows and a wooden food container that belonged to a Bronze Age mountaineer have been found in a high alpine pass in Switzerland. The artifacts are among several items found in what appears to have been a rock shelter beside a glacier near the top of the nearly 8,800-foot (2,700 meters) Lötschberg Pass, or Lötschenpass, in the Bernese Alps. The bow and arrows, food box and other items are thought to have belonged to Bronze Age hunters or animal herders who took shelter beneath a large rock near the top of the pass around 4,000 years ago, said Regula Gubler, an archaeologist for the Canton of Bern government, which announced the finds this week.



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Elderly Swiss couple found murdered in Kenya's Mombasa city

Elderly Swiss couple found murdered in Kenya's Mombasa cityBy Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) – The bodies of an elderly Swiss couple were found dumped by a country road in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa with severe injuries on Sunday, police said, and the caretaker of a property where they had been due to stay was being sought for questioning. Regional police chief Larry Kiyeng identified them by name and said they had flown into Kenya on Saturday and had planned to stay at a private residence in Nyali, an upmarket estate in Mombasa. The couple, who appeared to be between 60 and 70 years old, were found wrapped in a blanket near a local nightclub on the outskirts of Mombasa, area police chief Christopher Rotich said.  “They have severe injuries.



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Swiss Hotel Apologizes for Singling Out Jews in Signs

Swiss Hotel Apologizes for Singling Out Jews in SignsThe hotel defended its signs requiring only Jews to shower before using the pool facilities.



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Swiss Hotel Apologizes for Singling Out Jews in Signs

Swiss Hotel Apologizes for Singling Out Jews in SignsThe hotel defended its signs requiring only Jews to shower before using the pool facilities.



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Missing Swiss Couple Found In Glacier 75 Years Later

Missing Swiss Couple Found In Glacier 75 Years LaterA Swiss couple that went missing in the mountains 75 years ago may have been found, after a melting glacier turned out their mummified remains.



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Melting glacier reveals Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago

Melting glacier reveals Swiss couple who went missing 75 years agoThe frozen bodies of a Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago in the Alps have been found on a shrinking glacier, Swiss media said on Tuesday. Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, the parents of seven children, had gone to milk their cows in a meadow above Chandolin in the Valais canton on August 15, 1942. "We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day," their youngest daughter Marceline Udry-Dumoulin told the Lausanne daily Le Matin. "I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm," added the 79-year-old. In an overnight statement, Valais cantonal police said that two bodies bearing identity papers had been discovered last week by a worker on Tsanfleuron glacier near a ski lift above Les Diablerets resort at an altitude of 2,615 metres (8,600 feet). DNA testing would be carried out to confirm the identities of the couple. "The bodies were lying near each other. It was a man and a woman wearing clothing dating from the period of World War Two," Bernhard Tschannen, director of Glacier 3000, told the paper. "They were perfectly preserved in the glacier and their belongings were intact." "We think they may have fallen into a crevasse where they stayed for decades. As the glacier receded, it gave up their bodies," he told the daily Tribune de Geneve. Marcelin Dumoulin, 40, was a shoemaker, while Francine, 37, was a teacher. They left five sons and two daughters. "It was the first time my mother went with him on such an excursion. She was always pregnant and couldn't climb in the difficult conditions of a glacier," Udry-Dumoulin said. "After a while, we children were separated and placed in families. I was lucky to stay with my aunt," she said. "We all lived in the region but became strangers." "For the funeral, I won't wear black. I think that white would be more appropriate. It represents hope, which I never lost."   



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Swiss couple found on glacier 75 years after disappearance

Swiss couple found on glacier 75 years after disappearanceA Swiss couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their family, relatives and media said Tuesday. The bodies were found lying near each other in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland on Thursday, along with backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch, according to Le Matin daily. A DNA search has been planned to definitively establish their identities, but Maryline Dumoulin told AFP police were “99 percent” certain the remains were of her grandparents, who went missing on August 15, 1942.



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