An afternoon avalanche swept up skiers as it swept across a slope at a popular Swiss Alps ski resort Tuesday, sparking a hurried search that rescued four people and extended into the night for others who might still be buried, authorities said. Nearly 250 rescue workers, medical team members, police officers and military personnel backed by eight helicopters and a dozen search dogs were deployed after the avalanche on Plaine Morte, a mountain in the town of Crans-Montana, officials said.
A vintage Swiss military plane crashed in the Alps on Saturday, killing all 20 people aboard. Officials say the plane crashed almost vertically at a high speed. While no official cause of the crash has been determined, the heatwave across Europe may have played a role. JU-Air has suspended all flights until further notice.
Women across Switzerland are walking off the job and into the streets to demand wage parity, nearly three decades after staging the country’s first nationwide strike for equal pay. On 14 June 1991 – 10 years after equality between the sexes was enshrined in the Swiss constitution – half a million women walked out of their workplaces or homes to protest at persistent inequalities. Women in Switzerland on average still earn 20% less than men.