News Demonstrators protest against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad outside the UN offices in Geneva during the talks on Friday

At first the talks were delayed for 24 hours, then Syria’s foreign minister threatened to walk out. But last night the two sides agreed to be in the same room. Kim Sengupta reports from Geneva on the UN mission to end the bloodshed

Get me out of here - Swiss ski, Bermuda sun, nine days in India

Now... Swiss ski in the new year

Swishing down the Swiss slopes doesn't have to cost the earth. On 4 January, Inghams has a week in Grindlewald, at the foot of the Eiger, for £399pp. Half board at Hotel Jungfrau Lodge is included, with transfers and Monarch flights from Gatwick to Geneva. inghams.co.uk

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke is in favour of a switch

Winter World Cup for Qatar 2022 'inevitable'

European leagues set to agree to switch

A poultry market in Hong Kong

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Anthony Hilton: Switzerland is not the haven it is thought to be

Last Sunday at a speaking engagement down in Bath I sat next to a Swiss guy who wrote trading algorithms and software for Geneva based hedge funds. It was that sort of dinner – a place where the mathematically gifted fund managers exchange ideas and theories with academics on how to predict market movements.

Kofi Annan warns of risk of civil war in Syria

International envoy Kofi Annan says world powers share a “profound concern” that Syria's violence is spiraling into civil war but have pledged to deploy 300 truce monitors there by the end of the month.

Skoda shows sporty Fabia vRS at Geneva

Skoda has introduced a new high-performance version of the Fabia. The vRS has a 1.4 litre petrol engine fitted with both an engine-driven supercharger and an exhaust-driven turbocharger, a combination that is good for some 180 horsepower. That's enough to propel the vRS, in either hatchback or estate form, to 100km/h (62mph) in just 7.3 seconds. VW's second-generation seven-speed DSG gearbox is fitted, and there are a variety of cosmetic tweaks that distinguish the vRS from other Fabias.

International Baccalaureate: A path of learning for the broad-minded

The baccalaureate isn't just for gifted or foreign pupils. Average students are signing up, too

Murray's rise broadens Bates options

Davis Cup: Swiss clay can be a great leveller but the Federer factor remains

Brother Roger Schutz

Founder of the Taizé community

Letter: Clinton vs Starr

Sir: I cannot be the only person on the planet who agrees with Bill Clinton that most of his activities don't constitute sexual relations. In common with all the people I met and went out with in the late Fifties and early Sixties, I believed there was something immoral (certainly for a woman) in having sex with a near-stranger, but heavy petting was perfectly permissible and a man would certainly not think you were loose if that was all you were prepared to do!

Relatives of victims are flown to Canada

A SPECIAL flight took relatives of the 229 dead last night to the scene of the disaster, where they were preparing to carry out the grim task of identifying the remains.

Ducemobile

THE Fiat Berlinetta that drove Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, their deaths in 1945 goes on auction in Geneva today after nearly half a century standing in a Swiss garage.
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