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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1998
As a 76-year-old Holocaust survivor who knows Switzerland well and used to love it, I do not envy Ambassador-at-Large Thomas G. Borer his task of damage management (letter, Sept. 20). I visited Zurich in 1947, invited by my uncle, Max Rosenfeld, who paid everything. I was not allowed to work, and never did. In October I was requested to present myself to the Zurich Fremdenpolizei. The official treated me in best Gestapo style--after the war, in democratic Switzerland. He threatened and said I was lying about work, though I was ready to depart to my native Czechoslovakia and did so. I visited Switzerland for the last time a year ago. One week convinced: I will never return.
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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.
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SPORTS
April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: SWITZERLAND FIFA ranking: tied at 20 Overall World Cup record: 8-13-5 Coach: Ottmar Hitzfeld Best performance: Quarterfinals, 1934, 1938, 1954 Overview: A broken arm has sidelined Alexander Frei, the team's all-time goal scoring leader, for two months, but Hitzfeld believes he will benefit from the rest. Frei has 40 goals in 73 games for Switzerland, which also features key players in forward Blaise Nkufo and midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1997
I read with dismay "The Triumph of Morality," by Roger C. Altman, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury (Opinion, Aug. 3). I was extremely disappointed to read such a one-sided and biased report on the efforts now taking place in Switzerland in search of a just solution to the painful matter of heirless assets and other issues related to World War II. While it is sadly true that the "raison d'etat" often prevails over morality--and as...
TRAVEL
March 15, 1987 | NINO LO BELLO, Lo Bello is an American author and former teacher living in Vienna.
Geography lesson No. 1 teaches you that the scenery in Switzerland is dictated by movie-set designers whose fantasies lean toward the idyllic. Geography lesson No. 2 teaches you that Swiss men have nothing better to do than yodel at their livestock, unless they're busy in a Zurich bank board room dealing with big-bucks wealth and numbered accounts. Let me tell you about another Switzerland, the one you never read about, the one the country's tourist offices don't have any brochures about.
NEWS
April 2, 1986 | RICHARD EDER, Times Book Critic
An Earthquake in My Family by J. F. Federspiel, translated by Eveline L. Kanes (E. P. Dutton: $17.95) The best known Swiss writers tend to evoke the parable of the Gadarene swine. Several of the major demons of contemporary life--war, political instability, crushing poverty--have been driven out of this small and peculiar country. And J. D. Federspiel tells us about the monsters of disquiet that replaced them.
SPORTS
February 10, 2014 | By John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia  - In a bit of a shocker on the first day of men's curling, defending gold medalist Canada lost to Switzerland, 5-4, on Monday. Canada won its other game but struggled to defeat Germany, 11-8. Canada was considered the heavy favorite to win this tournament. The only country to win both its games was Sweden, beating Switzerland, 7-5, and Britain, 8-4. The U.S. opened play with a 7-4 loss to Norway. In other games, China beat Denmark, 7-4, and Denmark beat Russia, 11-10.
WORLD
September 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations, pledging to respect its traditional neutrality while pursuing human rights, world peace and the struggle against poverty. The General Assembly admitted Switzerland as one of its first official acts opening its 57th session. The tiny Southeast Asian nation of East Timor is to become the 191st member later this month.
NEWS
June 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
A 70-year-old Israeli rabbi was shot to death on a street in Switzerland's financial capital, police said Friday. The investigation had yet to determine a motive for the slaying, which occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, police said. They declined to identify the victim beyond saying that he was the head of a religious school in Israel. The victim, dressed in black, "was clearly recognizable as an Orthodox Jew," said police spokesman Werner Benz.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - The women's Olympic downhill at Rosa Khutor did not end Wednesday with American Julia Mancuso winning her fifth Olympic medal and second of these Games. It did not end with race favorite Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany winning her fourth gold medal in her seventh Olympic start. The downhill ended in, of all things, a tie. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi It seems difficult to believe that a sport that relies on precision timing provided by Omega could not settle the difference between two racers, covering 1.7 miles, down a mountain.
SPORTS
February 11, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - Even in the wildest, proudest moment, in the land of his birthplace, the fast-racing mind of Iouri Podladtchikov darted around and landed in an unexpected place. He wondered about snowboarding icon Shaun White. How would the face of the sport handle a devastating loss at the Olympics? "I've never seen him like this," Podladtchikov said. "I wondered what he would be like. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Not only was it a loss for White, the two-time defending Olympic halfpipe champion failed to make the podium, finishing fourth.
SPORTS
February 10, 2014 | By Chris Kuc
SOCHI, Russia - Amanda Kessel scooped up the puck near center ice, weaved her way through what appeared to be the entire nation of Switzerland and deposited it into the back of the net. It was the prettiest of the avalanche of goals with which the United States buried the Swiss during a 9-0 shellacking Monday at Shayba Arena. But more importantly, it came during an effort that signaled the Americans are playing very well with a showdown against archrival Canada looming. The win improved the U.S. to 2-0 in the preliminary round and assured it a spot in the semifinals.
SPORTS
February 10, 2014 | By John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia  - In a bit of a shocker on the first day of men's curling, defending gold medalist Canada lost to Switzerland, 5-4, on Monday. Canada won its other game but struggled to defeat Germany, 11-8. Canada was considered the heavy favorite to win this tournament. The only country to win both its games was Sweden, beating Switzerland, 7-5, and Britain, 8-4. The U.S. opened play with a 7-4 loss to Norway. In other games, China beat Denmark, 7-4, and Denmark beat Russia, 11-10.
WORLD
January 17, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - With the U.S.-backed opposition mired in disputes, Syria's government on Friday proposed a limited cease-fire, a prisoner swap and measures to speed aid to civilians in a move that appeared aimed at ensuring it is an indispensable part of any effort to end the civil war. The diplomatic initiative outlined in Moscow by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, came just five days before the start of...
WORLD
January 16, 2014 | By Paul Richter and Patrick J. McDonnell
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry pleaded Thursday with Syrian opposition groups to not drop out of a peace conference scheduled to convene in Switzerland next week. With an umbrella group of opposition forces preparing to vote Friday on whether to attend, Kerry said at an impromptu news conference at the State Department that the Syrian government wouldn't be able to impose new leadership that is against the wishes of the opposition. He also rejected claims by the government of President Bashar Assad that the goal of the talks, set to begin Jan. 22 in Montreux, is to forge an international agreement to eliminate the rebels.
SPORTS
February 15, 2002
The U.S. men's curling team beat defending gold medalist Switzerland, 6-2, Thursday to stay in contention in the Olympic tournament. The United States (2-3) would probably have to win its remaining four matches to qualify for one of the four spots in the medal round starting Wednesday. The Americans jumped to a 4-0 lead after five ends--or innings. "This game everyone played well. That's what it is going to take--consistency," lead John Gordon said.
WORLD
June 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
The U.S. Defense Department said it has approved the sale to Switzerland of 222 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles in a deal worth as much as $104 million. "It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist the Swiss in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability which will contribute to an acceptable military balance in the area," the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.
WORLD
January 13, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Diplomats on Monday pushed for a limited cease-fire in Syria, a prisoner exchange and better access for aid efforts before a peace conference scheduled to begin next week in Switzerland. At a news conference in Paris, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said that he and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, had discussed measures to "set the stage for success. " One potential area for a cessation of hostilities, Kerry said, was the embattled northern city of Aleppo, divided for 18 months between government and opposition forces and also the site of recent rebel infighting.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Swiss voters soundly rejected a plan Sunday that would have limited executive compensation to no more than 12 times the lowest-paid employees' pay.  The measure, known as the "1:12 initiative," was defeated 65.3% to 34.7% even amid wide public disapproval of excessive executive pay.  But despite that negative sentiment, the proposal seemed to be a step too far for the majority of voters. The plan, an effort by Switzerland's Young Socialists, was rejected by voters and all 26 cantons, or states, in the country.  PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America The measure would have needed a majority of votes from both voters and the cantons to pass.  Switzerland is home to large multinational companies including pharmaceutical firms Novartis and Roche, banking firm UBS and Credit Suisse.  The country has fewer regulations than many other European countries, which is partly why large corporations are headquartered there.  Critics had warned that imposing the pay law would have hurt economic competitiveness.
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