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  • Alps co-pilot 'predicted notoriety'
    The co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus which crashed in the French Alps predicted "one day everyone will know my name", his ex-girlfriend says.
    BBC News.  Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:29:16 GMT.
  • 'Ill, yet allowed to fly'
    As prosecutors release more information about the co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that crashed into the French Alps, papers once again examine his character.
    BBC News.  Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:05:24 GMT.
  • Letters: A Co-Pilot Bent on Destruction
    Readers respond to news articles and an editorial about the plane crash in the French Alps.
    International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:22:27 GMT.
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  • Baselworld, Where the Watch Is Still the Greatest Gadget
    The giant watch fair in Switzerland draws aficionados of timepieces worn in the time-honored way.
    Alex Williams.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:47:48 GMT.
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  • Germanwings Findings Raise Issue of Psychological Testing for Pilots
    More is being discovered about the co-pilot in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. Investigators say he was hiding a medical condition, raising questions about the mental qualifications of pilots. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:22:00 -0400.
  • Germanwings co-pilot suffered depression: report
    The Germanwings co-pilot said to have deliberately crashed his Airbus with 149 others aboard into the French Alps suffered serious depression six years ago, German daily Bild reported March 27.
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:12:00 +0200.
  • SWITZERLAND: Enacting reforms to boost competitiveness in the farm sector
    Switzerland should reduce trade barriers and limit the level of direct payments to farmers, as part of wider efforts to improve competitiveness of the agriculture sector, according to a new OECD report.
    OECD.  Acquired Fri, 27 Mar 2015.
  • German Police Search for Clues to Germanwings Crash
    German police have searched the homes of the German co-pilot who is believed to have crashed an Airbus jetliner into the French Alps on purpose, killing himself and 149 others. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:33:39 -0400.
  • Iranian Nuclear Talks Continue As Deadline Looms
    Nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran are expected to continue in Switzerland on March 27.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:01:13 +0000.
  • Germanwings co-pilot reportedly received treatment for 'serious depressive episode'
    Andreas Lubitz, the pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed a plane carrying 149 others into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a "serious depressive episode" six years ago, German tabloid Bild reported on Friday.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:41:43 EDT.
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Facts About the Alpine States

The Alpine States consist of Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and Liechtenstein.  These nations are located in the Alpine region of south central Europe, and you find more news and information about them by visiting the official government websites listed below.

The Swiss Confederation's capital city is Berne, and its national currency is the Swiss Franc.  The primary languages used in Switzerland are German, French, and Italian; in 2007, the estimated population of Switzerland was 7,555,000.

The Republic of Austria's capital city is Vienna, and its currency is the Euro.  The primary language used in Austria is German, and in 2007, the estimated population of Austria was 8,200,000.

The Republic of Slovenia's capital city is Ljubljana, and its currency is the Tolar.  The country's national language is Slovene, and its estimated population in 2007 was 2,009,000.

The Principality of Liechtenstein's capital city is Vaduz, and its currency is the Swiss Franc.  The Alemannic German dialect is spoken in Liechtenstein, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 34,000.


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