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Death Toll from Swiss Alps Avalanche Rises to Four

The death toll from an avalanche that swept away a group of Italian skiers in the Swiss Alps has risen to four after a man died from his injuries, police said Sunday.

The man was part of the group hit by an avalanche on Saturday while in an area of the Swiss Alps known as "Death Valley."

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Six Hurt as Trains Collide in Switzerland

Two trains slammed into each other near the Swiss city of Zurich early Friday, tipping over carriages and injuring at least six people, police said.

The driver of one of the trains was in serious condition after the crash, which saw ambulances, fire and rescue services rush to the scene as a rescue helicopter hovered above.

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Venezuela Says SwissLeaks Accounts 'Transparent'

The Venezuelan government's bank accounts at the Swiss division of HSBC, which were revealed in the "SwissLeaks" scandal, are "totally transparent," said the South American country's economy minister.

Venezuela ranked third among the countries with the largest dollar amounts in the leaked Swiss files, behind Switzerland and Britain, journalists with access to the secret documents said at the weekend.

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U.S. Teen Survives 48 Hours Lost in Swiss Alps

A 19-year-old American student who disappeared over the weekend while skiing in the Swiss Alps was rescued Tuesday, alive but suffering from hypothermia, police said Tuesday.

After searching for more than 48 hours, rescuers finally found the U.S. teen, who went missing while skiing off-piste Sunday near the Diablerets resort in southern Switzerland, police in the canton of Vaud said in a statement.

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Death Toll of Off-Piste Skiiers in Swiss Alps Rises to 10

Another person has died after being overcome by an avalanche in the Swiss Alps while skiing off-piste, police said Sunday, bringing the death toll in such accidents to 10 in the past four days.

The woman, who died overnight in hospital, was part of a group of nine skiers hit by an avalanche on Saturday afternoon on the Piz Vilan mountain where they were skiing at an altitude of some 2,200 meters (7,200 feet).

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Iran-U.S. Nuclear Talks Resume in Switzerland

Iranian and U.S. diplomats resumed talks in Switzerland on Friday, as the pace intensifies towards a complex deal on Tehran's nuclear program.

Two days of meetings between Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi and top U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman began Friday morning in Zurich, a U.S. spokesman told AFP.

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New Iran-U.S. Nuclear Talks this Week in Switzerland

Diplomats from Iran and the U.S. are to meet again in Switzerland this week as the pace intensifies for a nuclear deal with Tehran, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Top U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman will travel to Zurich to meet with Iranian officials on Friday and Saturday, less than a week after leading face-to-face negotiations in Geneva, the State Department announced.

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Key Syria Opponent Says No to Moscow Talks with Regime

A key Syrian opposition official said in a statement on Friday that he has declined an invitation to take part in a Russian-led bid for new talks to end the conflict.

Moaz al-Khatib, ex-leader of the main opposition Syrian National Coalition, who recently established his own dissident movement, had visited Russia last year for discussions.

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Swiss Central Bank Eyes Record Profit for 2014

Switzerland's central bank on Friday said it expected record profits of 38 billion Swiss francs (31.6 billion euros) in 2014 on the back of gains from its foreign currency holding.

The bank said it would make a profit of 34 billion Swiss francs ($33 billion) from its foreign currency holdings and four billion Swiss francs from its gold holdings, according to provisional estimates.

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Anti-Islamic Sentiment Spreads across Europe

Germany has become the latest European country to witness mass anti-Islamic protests which have grown increasingly common across the continent. 

"In Europe in general, there is an anxiety, an anti-Islamic phobia, developing," said left-wing activist and Green euro MP Daniel Cohn-Bendit. 

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