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2016 Olympics

Video: IOC President Thomas Bach and Rio 2016 Organizing Committee President Carlos Nuzman light the Olympic Flame together at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland - @olympicmuseum

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Cologne, Germany, New Year's Eve attacks

19-year-old Moroccan held in Switzerland in connection with New Year's sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany; believed to be 1 of 6 main suspects - Guardian

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Rick Snyder

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to travel to Europe on Saturday for trade mission in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands - @ChadLivengood

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foreign exchange market

US dollar extends gains versus the Swiss franc, hits more than a 5-week high of 0.9787 francs - Reuters

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Burundi unrest 2015-16

In new book, ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims Swiss government asked him to help convince Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza to leave office - AP

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Canada

US officials: US, Canada, EU, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland and Turkey call for urgent action on steel overcapacity - Reuters

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McDonald's

Report: France bill McDonald's $341 million for unpaid taxes on profits believed to have been funneled through Luxembourg, Switzerland - Reuters

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obituaries

Estelle Balet, extreme snowboard world champion, killed in Swiss Alps avalanche: police - AFP

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Switzerland

WWF says group is reducing its headcount at Swiss headquarters by over half in 'substantial decentralization' to better take on unprecedented environmental degradation - AP

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Panama Papers data leak

Swiss Finance Minister Ueli Maurer defends use of tax havens for the wealthy who are linked to Panama Papers - Reuters

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Panama Papers data leak

Swiss banks told to clamp down on money laundering as Geneva prosecutor opens Panama Papers probe - Reuters

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FIFA corruption case

Swiss police search UEFA offices in 'Panama Papers' fallout - AFP

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Panama Papers data leak

Update: Swiss police says raid of UEFA motivated by 'suspicion of criminal mismanagement' - @ben_rumsby

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Panama Papers data leak

UEFA confirms it received visit from Swiss Federal Police in relation to 'Panama Papers,' says will cooperate fully with warrant search - @ben_rumsby

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Switzerland

Swiss police suspend active search for Boulder, Colo., man missing in Bernese Alps - AP

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Switzerland

Swiss police suspend search for Colorado man who went missing in Alps on Saturday - AP

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Brussels attacks, March 22, 2016

Japanese yen and Swiss franc gain as Brussels explosions spur flows into safe-haven currencies and assets - Reuters

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FIFA corruption case

Editor's note: Jerome Valcke, the former FIFA secretary general now under criminal investigation in Switzerland, was fired by the organization in January. He was accused of destroying evidence during the FIFA inquiry. - Tom

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FIFA corruption case

Swiss attorney general opens criminal case against former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke - @RobHarris

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2026 Olympics

Switzerland takes 1st step toward bidding to host 2026 Winter Olympics - AP

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