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Swiss coronavirus death toll rises to 540, confirmed cases top 20,000

VIENNA (Reuters) - Switzerland's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has reached 540, the country's public health agency said on Saturday, rising from 484 on Friday.

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Lausanne watchman rings cathedral bell anew to signal hope amid pandemic

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - In Lausanne, a Swiss city on the shores of lake Geneva, the coronavirus outbreak has revived a tradition of centuries past: The cathedral watchman climbs the 153 stone steps to his tower at night, puts on a black hat, lights a lantern and rings the "La Clemence" bell to stir residents' solidarity and courage.

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Geneva prisoners protest conditions, refuse to return to cells - officials

GENEVA (Reuters) - Police surrounded Geneva's main prison on Friday after some 40 prisoners refused to return to their cells from their daily walk, complaining about measures taken due to the COVID-19 epidemic, officials said.

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Ski resort Ischgl is source of Austria's biggest coronavirus cluster

VIENNA (Reuters) - The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl and its surroundings are the source of the country's biggest cluster of coronavirus cases, involving more than 600 infections and possibly twice as many abroad, a public health official confirmed on Thursday.

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Landmark skull fossil provides surprising human evolution clues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery over the age of a landmark skull found in 1921 in Zambia - the first fossil of an extinct human species discovered in Africa - in research with big implications for deciphering the origin of our own species.