Cecile Mantovani

Swiss vote on anti-homophobia law as critics decry censorship

07 Feb 2020

GENEVA When 41-year-old Jehanne, a lesbian, was repeatedly insulted for supporting LGBT rights during a tram ride in the Swiss city of Geneva last month, she threatened to call the police.

'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos

18 Jan 2020

LAUSANNE, Switzerland Swedish activist Greta Thunberg marched with 10,000 protesters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday and said "you have not seen anything yet" before some head to Davos next week to challenge the global financial elite to fight climate change. | Video

REFILE-'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos

18 Jan 2020

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jan 17 Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and a crowd of some 10,000 protesters marched in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday before many of them head to Davos next week to challenge political and business leaders to combat the climate crisis.

Lights out for multilateralism? Alarm as U.N. faces cash squeeze

19 Dec 2019

GENEVA During talks on disarmament at the U.N.'s Geneva headquarters last month, alarm bells went off in the chamber to indicate that delegates had infringed new cost-cutting rules that restrict the length of meetings.

Little cheer for Beaujolais Nouveau as U.S. tariffs guzzle profits

21 Nov 2019

LYON, France Beaujolais Nouveau wine lovers made merry as this year's first bottles were uncorked, but producers faced the sobering truth of a dip in margins due to new tariffs imposed by the United States, their second biggest export market. | Video

Greens surge in Swiss election as climate change worries come to the fore

20 Oct 2019

BERN Support for the Greens surged in Switzerland's election on Sunday, moving politics to the left and putting environmentalists in the mix for a seat in the broad coalition that has governed the country for decades.

Victor the eagle's bird's eye view of the Alps raises climate change awareness

09 Oct 2019

CHAMONIX, France Victor, a nine-year old white-tailed eagle, set off this week on a mission to raise awareness of climate change in the Alps, which have already been hard hit by the rise in global temperatures. | Video

Swiss raise a glass to winegrowers in rare vintage festival

18 Jul 2019

VEVEY, Switzerland Switzerland uncorked a once-in-a-generation celebration of its winemakers on Thursday, with fancy dress, alpine horns, cows and dancers kicking off a festival that dates back to the 18th century.

U.S. must ensure access to safe abortions: U.N. rights office

21 May 2019

GENEVA The United Nations human rights office called on U.S. authorities on Tuesday to ensure that women have access to safe abortions, saying bans lead to risky underground abortions that can endanger a woman's life.

Hip hop best bet for a cheese that will please: Swiss study

15 Mar 2019

BURGDORF, Switzerland Exposing cheese to round-the-clock music could give it more flavour and hip hop might be better than Mozart, Swiss researchers said on Thursday. | Video

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