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Iran nuclear negotiations go into high gear
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: AFP

Iran nuclear negotiations go into high gear

Foreign policy chiefs continue to gather in Lausanne to try to broker a deal by Tuesday on Iran’s nuclear program. The EU’s foreign policy official is to join the talks Saturday, a day earlier than expected. READ  

Marathon Iran nuclear talks hit critical weekend
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (second right) with staff after a negotiation session in Lausanne on Friday. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Marathon Iran nuclear talks hit critical weekend

Marathon Iran nuclear talks headed on Friday towards a critical weekend as Britain said its foreign minister would join his US, Iranian and French counterparts in racing the clock to pin down a deal in Switzerland. READ  

Geneva-based UBP acquires Coutts business
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Geneva-based UBP acquires Coutts business

Swiss family-owned bank Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) announced on Friday that it is acquiring the Royal Bank of Scotland's international private banking and wealth management business. READ  

Swiss probe 'animal cell' injection clinics
Woman receives anti-ageing treatment with cell stimulation at last year's Beauty Asia trade show in Singapore. Photo: Roslan Rahman/AFP

Swiss probe 'animal cell' injection clinics

Swiss health regulators say they have launched a criminal probe into dozens of clinics suspected of giving clients potentially dangerous animal cell injections as part of anti-ageing treatments. READ  

EPFL among 'fastest rising young universities'
Aerial view of EPFL's campus overlooking Lake Geneva. Photo: Alain Herzog

EPFL among 'fastest rising young universities'

Switzerland’s EPFL has been named to a list of the seven “fastest rising young universities in the world” by UK-based Times Higher Education. READ  

Geneva-airport cab fares 'priciest in Europe'
One alternative to expensive cab fares at Geneva's airport is free public transport. Photo: Geneva Airport

Geneva-airport cab fares 'priciest in Europe'

Taxi transfers from downtown Geneva to its airport are the most expensive in Europe, according to research released on Friday from a UK-based travel money specialist. READ  

Austrian driver suspect in fatal hit-and-run
Police investigate accident scene. Photo: Aargau cantonal police

Austrian driver suspect in fatal hit-and-run

Justice officials in the canton of Aargau said on Thursday they suspect a 45-year-old Austrian truck driver of manslaughter in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 79-year-old Swiss woman who was struck in a pedestrian crossing and dragged along the road for 500 metres. READ  

Irishman confesses to stabbing wife 50 times
Port of Lutry on Lake Geneva. Photo: Roy Lindman

Irishman confesses to stabbing wife 50 times

A 49-year-old Irishman has confessed to savagely stabbing his wife to death in the vineyard village of Lutry in the canton of Vaud earlier this week, police said on Thursday. READ  

Train fares will not increase this year: SBB
Photo: SBB

Train fares will not increase this year: SBB

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) pledged on Thursday not to raise train fares this year following positive results for 2014 with higher ridership and increased profit. READ  

Switzerland sees boom in refugees from Ukraine

Switzerland sees boom in refugees from Ukraine

Switzerland saw a spike in Ukrainians applying for asylum in 2014, although few succeeded in finding permanent refuge in the country, according to data released by Eurostat and analyzed by The Local. READ  

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Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

Top tips for finding an apartment in Switzerland
Waterfront apartments in Zurich. Photo: John Eckman

Top tips for finding an apartment in Switzerland

Housing in Switzerland is among the most expensive in the world and competition is fierce for affordable properties. It’s all very well if money isn’t an issue, but what if it is? The Local's Emily Rose Mawson investigates. READ  

Swiss put wink-activated telescopes in contacts
The thin, reflective telescopes are activiated by winking. Photo: Andy Simmons

Swiss put wink-activated telescopes in contacts

Swiss researchers are developing contact lenses that contain tiny telescopes to boost vision and zoom in and out with the wink of an eye. READ  

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust

Switzerland’s job market is appealingly lucrative but sometimes anglophones need to be creative to find a job in a country where English is not an official language, as The Local's Emily Mawson finds out. READ  

Expat pens seismic novel about Haitian homeland
Writer Dimitry Elias Léger. Photo: The Local

Expat pens seismic novel about Haitian homeland

Geneva seems an unlikely place for author Dimitry Elias Léger to be writing about his native country of Haiti — but then again maybe not. READ  

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Swiss school student among plane crash dead
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Swiss school student among plane crash dead

A British expat studying in Switzerland was identified on Wednesday as one of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash a day earlier in the southern French Alps that killed 150 people. READ  

Short-circuit halts particle collider's reboot
A section of the Large Hadron Collider. Photo: CERN

Short-circuit halts particle collider's reboot

A short-circuit at the world's largest proton smasher has indefinitely delayed the particle-hunting machine's planned restart, the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Wednesday. READ  

Geneva clothes bin death likely accidental: report
Clothes recycling bins in Geneva. Photo: jjkphoto.ch/Ville de Genève

Geneva clothes bin death likely accidental: report

Investigators believe a man recently found dead in a Geneva bin for recycling clothes was likely the victim of an accident, a media report said on Wednesday. READ  

Armstrong accuser feels vindicated in Lausanne
Betsy Andreu speaking at a press conference for "The Armstrong Lie", a film shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America/AFP

Armstrong accuser feels vindicated in Lausanne

Betsy Andreu, one of the first people to attest that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong took banned substances, told AFP that despite him "trying to destroy" her life she felt like she had won by testifying to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Lausanne on Tuesday. READ  

Switzerland lags behind for internet biz: UN
Image from information economy report. Photo: UNCTAD

Switzerland lags behind for internet biz: UN

Switzerland is relatively plugged into e-business conducted on the internet but it still lags behind Scandinavian countries, Canada, Australia, South Korea and other countries when it comes to ease of online shopping, a UN report released on Tuesday said. READ  

Deal reached on return of Nazi-looted Matisse
Detail of Matisse's Seated Woman. Photo: AFP

Deal reached on return of Nazi-looted Matisse

A lawyer representing a Jewish family trying to retrieve a long-lost Matisse painting looted by the Nazis said on Tuesday that a deal had been signed with the German government for its restitution. READ  

Irishman’s dead wife found ‘soaked in blood’
Port of Lutry on Lake Geneva. Photo: Roy Lindman

Irishman’s dead wife found ‘soaked in blood’

A worker who visited an apartment in the vineyard village of Lutry to do some work got a shock when he discovered a dead 46-year-old woman soaked in blood, Vaud cantonal police said on Tuesday. READ  

Ex-Greek minister tampered with bank data
Photo: Liana Bitoli

Ex-Greek minister tampered with bank data

Former Greek finance minister George Papaconstantinou was handed a suspended one-year prison sentence on Tuesday after being found guilty of tampering with a Swiss bank list, a court source said. READ  

Germanwings cuts flight to Zurich after crash
The arrivals board at Düsseldorf airport. Photo: AFP

Germanwings cuts flight to Zurich after crash

Germanwings, the budget airline owned by Lufthansa, cancelled a flight from Düsseldorf to Zurich on Tuesday afternoon following the crash of one of its planes in the French Alps that is believed to have killed all 150 people on board. READ  

Ethical Coffee Company aims to beat Nespresso
Photo: Ethical Coffee Company

Ethical Coffee Company aims to beat Nespresso

The Ethical Coffee Company (ECC) has launched a campaign in Geneva vowing to overtake Nespresso in Swiss coffee capsule sales in three years. READ  

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Mysterious snow art baffles ski patrol
Photo: Sonnenkopf webcam

Mysterious snow art baffles ski patrol

Skiers got more than they bargained for early Friday morning on the slopes of Sonnenkopf ski-field in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, when they were confronted with giant graffiti in the snow. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral
Photo: DPA

Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral

A Facebook post describing how a Germanwings pilot personally reassured his passengers of their safety on a flight on Wednesday has received over quarter of a million likes. READ  

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

If you or your family members have been issued a Danish passport since February, it may include a vital mistake that makes it invalid for international travel. READ  

Alps plane crash
No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'
Photo: AFP

No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'

Claudia Vásquez was meant to be on board doomed Germanwings flight 4U9525 but a twist of fate meant that she is alive today. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
As it happened: Plane crashes in French Alps
Emergency services are on the scene. Photo: AFP

As it happened: Plane crashes in French Alps

AS IT HAPPENED: An airbus A320 carrying 150 people has crashed in the southern French Alps. French President François Hollande has said there are no survivors from the crash. READ  

Swedish model 'raped and kidnapped' by Italian
A 42-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping, raping and beating a Swedish model. Italian police photo: Shutterstock

Swedish model 'raped and kidnapped' by Italian

UPDATED: A 22-year-old Swedish model has been hospitalized after allegedly being kidnapped, raped and beaten over a six month period by an Italian man in a town near Milan. READ  

Police find torture clips on refugee phones
An image from an Islamic State propaganda video released in March.

Police find torture clips on refugee phones

Norwegian Police have found video clips of torture, mutilation, and executions saved on the mobile phones of those seeking asylum in Norway, the Police Immigration Service has told the country’s Dagsavisen newspaper. READ  

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast
An SU-27 fighter jet. Photo: TT

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast

UPDATED: Swedish military identified and followed four Russian fighter plane near Gotland and Bornholm, off the country's east coast on Tuesday morning. READ  

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