(BEIJING) JUST IN: The Swiss embassy in China has urged Chinese media to take down articles and posts it says contain “false” news about a doctor who they say does not exist according to state media #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.11: State media outlets were among those that carried articles with comments from “Wilson Edwards” on the origins of #COVID19 and the WHO’s independence.

#AceDailyNews says a Swiss embassy urges Chinese media to remove articles about scientist in a Twitter post, the embassy said an alleged Swiss biologist who had been quoted in Chinese media in recent days likely did not exist and the doctors comments on origins of #COVID19 and WHO’s independence were brought into question ?

By Suranjana Tewari
BBC News

Chinese honour guards stand with Swiss and Chinese flags
The Swiss embassy said it had to inform the Chinese public of the false news

Many outlets have since removed any reference to him.

“While we appreciate the attention on our country, the Embassy of Switzerland must unfortunately inform the Chinese public that this news is false,” the Swiss embassy said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Organisations including CGTN, Shanghai Daily and Global Times had cited the so-called biologist based on his Facebook profile.

However, the Swiss embassy said the Facebook account was opened two weeks ago and only had three friends. 

“It is likely that this Facebook account was not opened for social networking purposes,” the Swiss embassy added.

The mission said that there was no registry of a Swiss citizen with the name “Wilson Edwards” and no academic articles under the name.

In one article seen by the BBC before it was altered, “Wilson Edwards” is referred to as a biologist in Switzerland.

The line from the China Daily article reads: “[Wilson Edwards] said on his Facebook account: ‘As a biologist, I’ve witnessed in consternation over the past months how the origin-tracing of Covid-19 was politicized.'”

In the altered version, all reference to Wilson Edwards were removed.

Shanghai Daily’s digital platform Shine had said in a post: “A European biologist has come to the fore with a startling claim that a World Health Organization (WHO) advisory group on tracing the origins of pathogens including the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, would become a “political tool”.

It added that the biologist was worried about the “WHO’s independence” and quotes him as saying “the US is so obsessed with attacking China on the origin-tracing issue that it is reluctant to open its eyes to the data and findings”.

The Swiss embassy assured readers that it assumed the spreading of the story was done in good faith but kindly asked for the stories to be taken down or corrected.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.11: 2021:

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(BANGKOK) LATEST: Thai police have charged a 27-year-old man in connection with the death of a Swiss woman who was found near a waterfall on the resort island of Phuket last week #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.10: Local officials identified the victim as Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, aged 57: Police found her face down in the water covered by a black sheet, with her phone, shorts and trainers nearby: Theerawut Tortip told reporters at a police press conference that he killed the woman and stole from her: I would like to apologise to the family of the tourist and plead for all Thais to forgive me,” he said.

#AceDailyNews says that a Thai man has been charged over death of Swiss tourist near waterfall and her death came just weeks after Thailand launched its so-called “Phuket Sandbox” scheme. She reportedly arrived in Thailand on 13 July according to Reuters …..

By Ayeshea Perera
BBC News

Tourists on a beach in Phuket, Thailand
Reuters: Thai authorities have just recently allowed tourists to return to the island under its “Phuket Sandbox” programme

He was detained after nearby CCTV footage showed him travelling to the waterfall around the same time Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf went there, police said.

Under the programme, vaccinated tourists can come to the island without the need to quarantine, but cannot travel to the mainland within 14 days.

Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf’s death has prompted local officials to step up security on the island amid concerns that it is a huge setback to the sandbox scheme. 

Governor Narong Woonciew said officials would survey unsafe areas in each community and put them under surveillance.

A spokesman for Thailand’s foreign minister Don Pramudwinai said on Twitter he had sent his condolences to the Swiss ambassador for the “murder of a Swiss woman in Phuket”. 

And government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had ordered police “to expedite the investigation to identify and arrest the culprit”.

He also ordered officials to increase security in Phuket. 

Switzerland’s foreign ministry meanwhile released a statement on Thursday saying Thai authorities had contacted them about the death of an “apparent Swiss citizen” but gave no more details, citing privacy concerns.

Local reports have said she was a Swiss diplomat, although officials have not yet commented on her job.

Before the pandemic, tourism accounted for about one-fifth of the Thai economy. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.10: 2021:

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DONETSK: ‘ Swiss Red Cross Worker Killed When Humanitarian HQ Shelled ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE (Donetsk) – October 02 – A Swiss Red Cross worker was killed in Donetsk as the office of the humanitarian organization was shelled, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The ICRC has confirmed on its Twitter account that its office in Donetsk has been shelled and a humanitarian worker died in the attack.

ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson confirmed that the worker was a Swiss national.

“One of our colleagues, a Swiss national, was killed in Donetsk, Ukraine, when a shell hit close to our office. We’re deeply distressed by this loss,” Watson told Reuters.

A Red Cross representative, Laurent Etienne, a citizen of Switzerland, born 1976, has been killed,”Eduard Basurin, head of the political department of the Defence Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told TASS news agency.

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Etienne was deputy head of the Red Cross mission in Donetsk, according to an Interfax correspondent.

 The death of the humanitarian worker is very concerning, a spokesperson for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine told RIA Novosti.

He expressed condolences, adding that the OSCE will investigate the incident and prepare a report by Friday.

Several blasts were heard in the center of Donetsk as it was heavily shelled, RT Arabic correspondent Anna Knishenko reported from the eastern Ukrainian city.

RT English correspondent Maria Finoshina also reported that a residential area was shelled and that among the hit areas were dormitories for displaced people from Eastern Ukraine and returned POWs.

The City Council confirmed the shelling on its website, adding that emergency services were deployed to the site.

“We can confirm that a mortar hit a nine-storey block of flats in Universitetskaya Street,” the self-proclaimed republic’s press service told TASS news agency, adding that casualties had been reported.

According to a RIA Novosti correspondent, the shelling was carried out by the self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system BM-27 Uragan. Witnesses said that a hospital and a shopping center were hit by mortar fire.

Public transport operations have been suspended for an uncertain period of time, the City Council statement said.

Earlier on Thursday, fierce fighting was ongoing in and around Donetsk airport, while plumes of black smoke were rising from the area of the building.

 On Wednesday, three people died at a school on the first day of classes in the country. Six others were killed at a bus stop as Donetsk came under fire – reportedly from Ukrainian army positions.

Thirty more people were injured in the attacks, which were described by the Russian Foreign Ministry as “blatant and intolerable.”

READ MORE:9 killed, 30 injured in shelling in Donetsk, E. Ukraine, school hit

The attacks come despite a ceasefire agreement between Kiev authorities and eastern militia forces, which was signed on September 5 in Minsk.

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‘ Swiss Authorities Detain Three Suspected of Links to Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – SWITZERLAND – September 24 – Swiss authorities have detained three citizens of Iraq, who are suspected of links to the terrorist group Islamic State.

The men are also accused of preparation to stage a terrorist act in Switzerland, Itar-Tass reported.

All three were detained in late March. Neue Zurcher Zeitung earlier reported that at least three Iraqi nationals are suspected of founding a cell of the terrorist organization Islamic State and using it to provide financial and logistical support to IS.”

The Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office is investigating some 20 cases involving radical jihadist terrorism.

Four cases are connected to Syria.

Source:

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