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August 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Swiss drug maker Novartis said animal rights activists had stolen the ashes of its chief executive's mother and set fire to his Austrian hunting lodge. Swiss authorities, however, said they didn't know who was behind the attacks. In the latest incident, CEO Daniel Vasella's Tyrollean lodge in Bach, Austria, was badly burned early Monday.
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February 14, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
  Pakistan'sSupreme Court on Monday indicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on contempt charges, accusing him of repeatedly ignoring its orders to revive long-standing corruption proceedings against the nation's president. Gilani must now brace for a trial in coming weeks that could end in his conviction, his disqualification from holding office for five years and a prison term of up to six months. Appearing in the packed courtroom, Gilani could have forestalled the indictment by telling the seven-judge panel that he would comply with its order to write a letter to Swiss authorities asking that they reopen a money laundering case against President Asif Ali Zardari.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1989 | Claudia Puig, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Soviet trumpeter with the Bolshoi orchestra has defected to Switzerland, Swiss radio reported Saturday. The defection occurred in Zurich three weeks ago when 26-year-old Ilia Shkolnik refused to join his orchestra boarding a plane to return to Moscow. He said he had dreamed for a year of leaving the Soviet Union because of obstacles he said the Soviet Culture Ministry had placed in his career as a soloist.
SPORTS
May 12, 2011 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
It would be exceptionally satisfying to state here that FIFA was on its knees and unable to stand up for the count. Sadly, that count will go ahead, and when it is over June 1 and soccer's latest presidential election has been held, Joseph "Sepp" Blatter very likely will still be the head of the sport's international governing body. No amount of corruption, it seems, can bring down the 75-year-old Swiss. Snakes might be rare in Switzerland, but snake oil is obviously in plentiful supply, and Blatter is one of its most successful salesmen.
BUSINESS
May 16, 1989 | From Times wire services
The United States will ask Switzerland this week to extradite Saudi Arabian millionaire Adnan Khashoggi to face fraud charges in connection with his dealings with ousted Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, a federal judge said today. Judge John Keenan said formal extradition papers have been translated and signed and will be delivered to Swiss authorities by Friday. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, are accused of looting the Philippine treasury of at least $103 million and using the money to buy Manhattan real estate.
NEWS
June 1, 1989
Swiss authorities said they have received a formal U.S. request for the extradition of Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi, indicted in New York last March on charges of racketeering. If the request is deemed valid, arguments from Khashoggi and his lawyers will be heard, a spokesman for the Swiss Justice Department said. Khashoggi, once reputed to be among the world's richest men but now in financial trouble, was arrested April 18 in Bern at the request of U.S. officials. The New York indictment accuses him of fronting for then-President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, in purchasing art and real estate with money allegedly stolen from the Philippine treasury.
NEWS
December 8, 1986 | Associated Press
The federal prosecutor's office opened an inquiry today to determine if U.S. arms shipments to Iran were sent through Switzerland in violation of Swiss law, government spokesman Achille Casanova said. He told reporters unauthorized use of Switzerland as a conduit for such shipments would contravene laws on arms trading. The Swiss newspaper Sonntagsblick quoted unidentified arms dealers as saying U.S.
NEWS
April 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
Adnan Khashoggi, the flamboyant Saudi financier once reputed to be the world's wealthiest man, was arrested today on charges he helped Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos hide riches stolen from the Philippines. The jet-setting arms merchant, allegedly the man who brokered the Iran-Contra arms deal, was seized by police at an elegant Bern hotel and jailed, said Pierre Schmid, assistant director of the Swiss Federal Police Office. Schmid said the arrest came shortly after the U.S. Embassy tipped off Swiss authorities that Khashoggi was in the capital and issued a warrant, demanding his arrest.
WORLD
March 31, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Pakistani government asked Swiss authorities Wednesday to revive money-laundering charges against President Asif Ali Zardari, the latest in a series of setbacks that have weakened his standing in the nuclear-armed state. The government's move came a day after Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry threatened to jail the country's top anti-corruption agency official if he did not reopen corruption cases against Zardari and a slew of other bureaucrats and businesspeople within 24 hours.
WORLD
July 12, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the United States to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 30 years ago, Swiss authorities announced Monday. The Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police said a flaw in the U.S. extradition request could not be ruled out and that Polanski, who maintains a vacation home in Switzerland, could reliably expect not to be arrested and deported since the U.S. knew of his frequent presence there over the past few years but never acted on it. Polanski, 76, has already been released from house arrest, the justice department said.
WORLD
July 12, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the United States to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 30 years ago, Swiss authorities announced Monday. The Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police said a flaw in the U.S. extradition request could not be ruled out and that Polanski, who maintains a vacation home in Switzerland, could reliably expect not to be arrested and deported since the U.S. knew of his frequent presence there over the past few years but never acted on it. Polanski, 76, has already been released from house arrest, the justice department said.
WORLD
July 12, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the United States to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 30 years ago, Swiss authorities announced Monday. The Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police said the U.S. had failed to turn over certain documents requested by the Swiss. The department also said Polanski, who maintains a vacation home in Switzerland, could reliably expect not to be arrested and deported because the U.S. knew of his frequent presence there over the last few years but never acted on it. Polanski, 76, has already been released from house arrest, the justice department said.
WORLD
March 31, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Pakistani government asked Swiss authorities Wednesday to revive money-laundering charges against President Asif Ali Zardari, the latest in a series of setbacks that have weakened his standing in the nuclear-armed state. The government's move came a day after Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry threatened to jail the country's top anti-corruption agency official if he did not reopen corruption cases against Zardari and a slew of other bureaucrats and businesspeople within 24 hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
For a man who didn't set foot out of his house Friday, Roman Polanski had an eventful day. His new film, "The Ghost Writer," a political thriller with a glamorous Hollywood cast, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival. And his legal battle to avoid returning to the U.S. got a boost when a Swiss official said extradition proceedings stemming from his three-decade-old child sex case were on indefinite hold. Polanski, 76, remained under house arrest, his round-the-clock presence in his Gstaad ski chalet secured by an ankle bracelet and $4.5-million bond.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
Roman Polanski's decision to attend Zurich's film festival this weekend was a major win for a minor event, but it turned into a bigger coup for Los Angeles County authorities who seized the opportunity to arrange the arrest -- three decades in the making -- of a Hollywood fugitive. When the 76-year-old Academy Award-winning director of films such as "Chinatown," "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Pianist" arrived at the Zurich, Switzerland, airport Saturday night for a well-publicized appearance, Swiss officials armed with a U.S. arrest warrant took him into custody.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Swiss drug maker Novartis said animal rights activists had stolen the ashes of its chief executive's mother and set fire to his Austrian hunting lodge. Swiss authorities, however, said they didn't know who was behind the attacks. In the latest incident, CEO Daniel Vasella's Tyrollean lodge in Bach, Austria, was badly burned early Monday.
WORLD
February 14, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
  Pakistan'sSupreme Court on Monday indicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on contempt charges, accusing him of repeatedly ignoring its orders to revive long-standing corruption proceedings against the nation's president. Gilani must now brace for a trial in coming weeks that could end in his conviction, his disqualification from holding office for five years and a prison term of up to six months. Appearing in the packed courtroom, Gilani could have forestalled the indictment by telling the seven-judge panel that he would comply with its order to write a letter to Swiss authorities asking that they reopen a money laundering case against President Asif Ali Zardari.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
For a man who didn't set foot out of his house Friday, Roman Polanski had an eventful day. His new film, "The Ghost Writer," a political thriller with a glamorous Hollywood cast, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival. And his legal battle to avoid returning to the U.S. got a boost when a Swiss official said extradition proceedings stemming from his three-decade-old child sex case were on indefinite hold. Polanski, 76, remained under house arrest, his round-the-clock presence in his Gstaad ski chalet secured by an ankle bracelet and $4.5-million bond.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Yeslam Binladin, the half brother of the world's most wanted terrorist, said it would be insensitive to use the trademark "Bin Ladin" his company registered in Switzerland for a line of clothing and jewelry. Binladin, who lives in Geneva, confirmed he had the Bin Ladin trademark registered in February, seven months before Sept. 11. Swiss authorities said last week they were moving on moral grounds to revoke the trademark out of sensitivity for "emotional and moral feelings."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1999
K-Swiss Inc., Westlake Village, announced authorization by the board of directors to repurchase up to $25 million worth of the company's Class A common stock. Last year, the company bought back $20 million in common stock. The company's share price has dropped about 20% over the last three months. K-Swiss designs and markets athletic footwear for sports and fitness activities and for children.
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