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Former U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, center, who is recovering from injuries in a mass shooting last year, and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly, right, accompanied by mountain guide Vincent Lameyre, left, stand on a ridge of the Aiguille du Midi, above Chamonix, France in the French Alps on Monday, after riding a cable car up and walking a few meters onto the snow, away from a viewing post. The outing was part of her first trip abroad since being shot in the head in a mass shooting in the U.S. last year. (AP Photo/Mike Struik, CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research))
FILE - The June 8, 2011 file photo shows a woman changing Swiss francs to Euro at a counter in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. The Swiss National Bank set a ceiling on the value of the country's strong currency on Tuesday, using what experts called a last-ditch "nuclear option" to protect its economy and keep exporters competitive. The bank said it would spend whatever it takes to keep the currency from strengthening beyond 1.20 francs per euro and indicated it might take more measures to weaken it further. (AP Photo/Keystone, Ennio Leanza) GERMANY OUT AUSTRIA OUT
VERBIER, Switzerland - British singer James Blunt plans to move to an exclusive Swiss ski resort, local officials said Wednesday. Patrick Messeiller, director of tourism for Verbier, confirmed a report in the Swiss daily Le Matin that Blunt, who is a frequent visitor to the mountain village, had registered with the tax office there.
James Blunt appears during the Grammy Awards nominations news conference in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, on Dec. 7, 2006.
GENEVA - Switzerland's days as a safe haven for the world's tax evaders are numbered.
Swiss Federal President Hans-Rudolf Merz, head of the Federal Department of Finance, speaks during a news conference in Bern, Switzerland, Friday, March 13, 2009.
US musician Joey Burns and band Calexico, perform on stage, during the Blue Balls Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, late Tueday, July 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Keystone, Sigi Tischler)
The Suns' Amare Stoudemire, center, drives between the Thunder's Nenad Krstic, left, of Serbia, and Thabo Sefolosha (2), of Switzerland. Dec. 23, 2009.
Former Vice-President of the United States Al Gore gestures while speaking during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday Jan 30, 2009.
In this file photo of Aug. 31, 2006, Argentine-born Israeli Daniel Barenboim conducts the 'Staatskapelle Berlin' orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Switzerland's Roger Federer in action against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final on the Centre Court at Wimbledon Sunday.
Spain's Rafael Nadal falls to the court as he celebrates his win over Switzerland's Roger Federer in the men's final on the Centre Court at Wimbledon Sunday.
Paris Hilton looks on during the launch of a new timepiece collection at the watch and jewelry show \"Baselworld\" in Basel, Switzerland, in this April 14, 2007 file photo.
Meat Loaf performs on stage at the start of his concert in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, July 20, 2005.
American actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie participates in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in a file photo from Jan. 27.
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns against Roger Federer of Switzerland in the men's final of the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday June 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
US blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy performs on the Miles Davis Hall stage at the 44th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. (AP Photo / KEYSTONE / Jean-Christophe Bott)
BERN, Switzerland — After more than two months in a Swiss jail, Roman Polanski will be placed under house arrest at his Alpine chalet on Friday, authorities said.
GENEVA — Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets on Sunday, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population.
GENTHOD, Switzerland -- Iran and six world powers ended a landmark meeting Thursday with an agreement to take a new stab at overcoming years of mistrust generated by Tehran's nuclear program and meet again this month for wide-ranging discussions on the two sides' concerns.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, delivers his speech in front of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, during the Durban review Conference (Durban II) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, April 20, 2009.
GENEVA - A small blip on a computer screen sent champagne corks popping among physicists in Switzerland. Near Chicago, researchers at a "pajama party" who watched via satellite let out an early morning cheer.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The International Olympic Committee ruled Tuesday that Iraq could participate in the Beijing games, reversing itself after Baghdad pledged to ensure the independence of its national Olympics panel.