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No blanket IOC doping ban for Russian athletes
The IOC ruled that 800m runner Yuliya Stepanova, who turned whistleblower on doping in Russian athletics, could not go to Rio even as a neutral. Photo: AFP

At a meeting in Lausanne on Sunday, the International Olympic Committee on Sunday ordered individual sports federations to decide whether Russian competitors should take part in the Rio Games after failing to agree on a complete ban over Russia's state-run doping.

Van Gogh, Monet paintings seized in Malaysia graft probe
The works were seized following a request from the United States, one of several countries probing alleged massive fraud at the Malaysian state fund 1MDB. Photo: AFP

Switzerland has seized a painting by Vincent Van Gogh and two others by Claude Monet as part of the global investigation into Malaysia's scandal-tainted sovereign wealth fund, an official said on Friday.

IOC reports more doping failures pre-Rio
President Thomas Bach said the retesting showed the IOC's commitment to fight doping. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The International Olympic Committee reports 45 new doping failures from Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Swiss pilots: don’t hunt Pokémon from the air
Pokemon hunting has become a world-wide craze. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

The Swiss civil aviation office hears reports of people playing the popular new game from helicopters.

‘Nelson’ the black swan found dead in Montreux
File photo: Noel Reynolds

The non-native swan caused a media storm earlier this month.

Zurich school threatened over links to Erdogan opponent
File photo: Aris Messini/AFP

School targeted over claims it is associated with Fethullah Gulen.

Violent storms hit Switzerland as planet heats up (again)
File photo: Benjamin Benson

Globally, June 2016 was the hottest month on record.

Swiss sports court upholds ban on Russian athletes
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva (centre) is among the athletes affected. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/Wang Zhao/Greg Baker/AFP

The decision by Lausanne's Court of Arbitration for Sport is a "funeral for athletics" said one Russian athlete.

Swiss Post moves to accept debit cards – sometimes
Photo: Swiss Post

By December customers will be able to pay for products (but not their bills) by debit card.

Study: a fifth of Swiss spy on neighbours
22 percent admit to watching their neighbours. File photo: Chase Elliott Clark

And 40 percent of Swiss feel watched in their homes.

Features
Love
Dating in Switzerland: what you need to know
File photo: Tammy McGary

Looking for your perfect match in Switzerland? The Local uncovers some quirks of the Swiss dating scene.

Why you should get on your bike in Switzerland
Cyclists fall in love with Switzerland. Photo: Grand Tours Project

As the Tour de France prepares to visit Switzerland, The Local finds out why road cycling in the alpine country is top notch.

The Local List
Nine top celebrity hotspots in Switzerland
Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/AFP and The Local

It’s beautiful, discreet and has swanky hotels. No wonder Switzerland attracts the A-listers. But where do they all hang out? Claire Doble finds out.

The quirkiest places to stay in Switzerland
Whitepod is just one of Switzerland's more unusual accommodation options. Photo: Hayley Hay/Whitepod

Fancy holidaying in a wine barrel, a silo or a cow barn?

Opinion
Brexit voters ‘misinformed’ on Swiss relations with EU
The Swiss president meets with European leaders on the first Gotthard train. Photo: Ruben Sprich/AFP

Leave campaigners calling for Britain to be like Switzerland did not truly understand Switzerland’s relationship with the EU, one commentator tells The Local.

More news
Spectacular Valais ‘bisse’ to feature on new banknote
The bisse d'Ayent. Photo: Commune of Ayent/ayent.ch

The canton's historic irrigation channels will take pride of place on the new 100 franc note.

Swiss rider quits Tour to focus on Olympics
Fabian Cancellara wants to focus on the Olympics. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Fabian Cancellara has just ended his last ever Tour de France.

In pictures: Tour de France ends Swiss trip in 35C heat
Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Ilnur Zakarin won Wednesday's 17th stage of the Tour de France on its final day in Switzerland.

Faithful dog guards murder victim’s body
File photo: Patrick Nouhailler

A woman’s body was found in a forest near Biel/Bienne on Monday.

Study: grazing cows are worse for the environment
File photo: Christof Sonderegger/Swiss Tourism

Cows reared outside eat more, and so produce more methane.

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From our other editions
Tattooist jailed for drawing penis instead of Yin Yang sign
Landesgericht St. Pölten

An Austrian woman who wanted a tattoo of a Yin Yang sign on her back was left in tears after a hobby tattooist decided to draw a penis and the word ‘Fuck’ there instead.

Würzburg axe attack
Isis releases video of Bavaria train attacker making threats
An ambulance on the scene in Würzburg. Photo: DPA

Terror group Isis have released a video which apparently shows the teenager who attacked passengers with an axe on a train in Bavaria on Monday making threats.

Five million Danish ID numbers sent to Chinese firm
The CPR numbers and health information of 5.3 million residents was sent to a Chinese company. Photo: Colourbox

If you lived in Denmark between 2010 and 2012, it’s almost certain that your personal identification number (CPR number) and health information ended up in the hands of a Chinese company.

Woof! How to find dog-friendly beaches in Spain
Rufus enjoying one of Spain's dog friendly beaches. Photo: Fiona Govan

There are still some sandy corners of Spain that will welcome man's best friend.

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Swiss village tells landlords: don’t rent homes to refugees
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Muslim school kids denied passport for refusing swimming lessons
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