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November 17, 2009 | By David S. Hilzenrath
If your secret Swiss bank account did not contain too much money or generate too much income, you can breathe easier: A landmark deal between the United States and Switzerland to expose U.S. tax dodgers does not call for the Swiss to blow your cover. But if you exceeded the threshold and failed to disclose the account to the Internal Revenue Service, don't count on Switzerland's legendary tradition of bank secrecy to protect you any longer. It may be just a matter of time before your account details are in the hands of U.S. tax collectors and prosecutors.
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March 13, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
A strange desert wind blew through Indian Wells and its Taj Mahal tennis facility in late afternoon Thursday, turning a women's quarterfinal into Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey. But it disappeared in time for the appearance of the evening's royalty, the Swiss king, Roger Federer. He was the feature of the day, the 7 p.m. match, the one where the ticket scalpers made their hay for the day. His name is legendary in tennis. Most legends build with time, after retirement, when history can be embellished a bit and reality can be retouched.
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OPINION
July 13, 2010
Roman Polanski committed a serious crime in 1977, pleading guilty to sex with a 13-year-old girl as part of an agreement that spared him from a charge of drugging and raping his victim. In refusing to extradite Polanski to the United States, the government of Switzerland has substituted its judgment for that of the U.S. legal system. It's a usurpation that trivializes Polanski's wrongdoing in the cause of twisted notions of "good faith" and the requirements of "international public order."
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The Swiss are represented in men's tennis at this year's BNP Paribas Open by Stanislas Wawrinka and that other guy. Wawrinka won the recent Australian Open and is now No. 3 in the world rankings. The other guy becomes Mr. Avis in Switzerland now, and as he tries harder, he holds on to No. 8 in the world. We jest, of course. Even Wawrinka knows it will take more than one Grand Slam title to displace Roger Federer as the king of Swiss celebrity. Maybe even as the king of tennis, period.
WORLD
December 1, 2009 | By Devorah Lauter
The decision by Swiss voters to ban minarets on Muslim houses of worship resonated across neighboring France on Monday, stoking an already emotional debate on whether burkas should be banned in public and coloring a government-sponsored debate over what it means to be French. Commentators and officials in France and across Europe took sides Monday on the surprise Swiss decision, passed in a referendum the previous day. French lawmakers who support banning the burka, the all-covering garment worn by some Muslim women, defended themselves against accusations that the move would fuel a growing phobia against Islam in Europe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1987 | from Reuters
Switzerland exported $320 million worth of arms and military equipment last year, with Turkey, Nigeria and West Germany the main customers, the military department said Friday. Exports were down by about 10% from 1985.
NEWS
April 29, 1986 | Associated Press
An avalanche Monday covered a section of railroad track with snow in the Valais Alps near the town of Goppenstein, blocking trains for hours but causing no injuries, a railroad spokesman said.
TRAVEL
September 8, 1996
Referring to Jim Fuhrman's letter (July 28) commenting on the article "Different Paths Through the Swiss Alps": I am a frequent traveler to Switzerland, which is certainly the most expensive country in Europe. However, I never encountered the outrageously high prices there for food and drink listed by Fuhrman. As for hotels, $140 for a room does not seem expensive; I just paid $200 for a B&B in Carmel. JOSEF WEISSMANN Los Angeles
NEWS
September 29, 1985 | From Reuters
Switzerland ordered tighter security at its borders Friday to stem the flow of illegal entrants, who a government spokesman said represent about 80% of those seeking asylum. Officials said that the number of asylum requests in the first eight months of this year was a record 6,059, compared with 4,854 in the same period last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1998
Re your Aug. 29 Opinion interview with Alan Morris Schom: Allow me to take issue with Schom's assertion that the Swiss were essentially pro-Nazi during World War II. To the citizens of German-occupied and annexed Alsace on the northwestern border of Switzerland, a German-language radio program out of Zurich offered weekly the only objective, thorough analysis of world news available to them, through the darkest days of that war. It brought them consolation...
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - A Senate subcommittee investigation accused Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse of using elaborate “cloak-and-dagger” methods to hide the accounts of 22,000 wealthy American citizens with a total of up to $12 billion in assets from U.S. authorities so they could avoid paying taxes. The bipartisan probe also sharply criticized the Justice Department for being lax in using subpoenas and other legal tools to pressure the bank to reveal most of the names of account holders, which have been withheld as part of a long Swiss tradition of bank secrecy.
SPORTS
February 16, 2014 | By Chris Kuc
SOCHI, Russia - All of the talk during the United States' practice in advance of its women's hockey semifinal matchup was about Sweden, the U.S. team's opponent. It wasn't until the players stepped off the sheet and the team met reporters Sunday did the topic arise of facing you-know-who for you-know-what. "We're not looking straight to the gold-medal game," U.S. captain Meghan Duggan said. "We have a huge semifinal game against a great team and we'll worry about that one and then we'll go from there.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia -- Goaltender Jonas Hiller is making the most of the meager offensive support he has gotten from his Swiss teammates. Hiller on Saturday recorded his second shutout of the Sochi Olympic tournament, stopping 26 shots in a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Hiller, one of seven Ducks playing for their respective Olympic teams here, had stopped 21 shots in a 1-0 victory over Latvia in Switzerland's first game. He was the backup to Reto Berra in Switzerland's 1-0 loss to Sweden in its second game.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- The last two Olympic combined champions, both Americans, couldn't get out of the snowplow's way Friday. After lead-footing his morning downhill, defending gold medalist Bode Miller drove his slalom run like a bumper-car ride and later admitted the course "was too tough for me. " Ted Ligety, the 2006 gold winner and current world champion in the event, let the mountain play him. "I respected the course too much," he said....
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller made 21 saves Wednesday as Switzerland opened the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament with a 1-0 victory over gritty Latvia, but he wasn't even the best goalie on the ice at Shayba Arena. Latvia's Edgars Masalskis, who plays professionally in Slovakia, was outstanding in making 38 saves and was beaten only because of a defensive breakdown by his teammates and an unfortunate deflection with 7.9 seconds left in the third period. Latvia had the puck but failed to get it in deep, a mistake that proved costly when Switzerland regained possession.
SPORTS
January 6, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The Czechs went old, Slovenia chose its only NHL player to lead its Olympic hockey debut, and Switzerland ensured its defense will be more solid than its famous cheese by selecting six NHL players for its Sochi roster. Those federations announced their 25-man rosters Monday, a few days after Team USA unveiled its picks. The remaining teams, including defending champion Canada, will announce their choices Tuesday. Jaromir Jagr , who will turn 42 during his fifth Olympics, 42-year-old former NHLer Petr Nedved and 37-year-old New Jersey forward Patrik Elias will skew the Czechs' average age high in a tournament that puts a premium on youth and speed.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller made 21 saves Wednesday as Switzerland opened the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament with a 1-0 victory over gritty Latvia, but he wasn't even the best goalie on the ice at Shayba Arena. Latvia's Edgars Masalskis, who plays professionally in Slovakia, was outstanding in making 38 saves and was beaten only because of a defensive breakdown by his teammates and an unfortunate deflection with 7.9 seconds left in the third period. Latvia had the puck but failed to get it in deep, a mistake that proved costly when Switzerland regained possession.
OPINION
December 8, 2009
It's not just the Swiss Re "A Swiss miss on minarets," Editorial, Dec. 2 The Times asks, "Why should Saudi Arabia allow Christians to worship openly if . . . Switzerland requires Muslims to efface their identity?" Why does Switzerland set this agenda? Why does Saudi Arabia get, at this very late date, to further its delay of human rights to its citizens and legal immigrants because of a tiny European country's bad behavior? The center of Islam doesn't forbid just church towers -- it forbids churches and synagogues and temples of every sort.
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