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Kerry bound for Geneva talks on Ukraine crisis
US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva last year. Photo: Pool/AFP

Kerry bound for Geneva talks on Ukraine crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry left on Wednesday for Geneva for high-stakes talks on Ukraine, armed with the threat of more sanctions against Moscow if diplomacy fails, as tensions on the ground escalated sharply. READ () »

Credit Suisse investment bank woes hurt profits
Credit Suisse offices in Zurich. Photo: Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse investment bank woes hurt profits

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said on Wednesday that its first quarter net profit took a heavy hit as its investment bank reeled from slumping trading in bonds. READ () »

Ski champion announces same-sex marriage
Sylviane Berthod (right in each of the photos) and her partner. Photos: Facebook

Ski champion announces same-sex marriage

Former Swiss alpine ski champion Sylviane Berthod has announced her engagement to marry another woman in a public way — on her Facebook page. READ () »

UK blocks Swiss deal with EU on Croatia
EU headquarters in Brussels. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

UK blocks Swiss deal with EU on Croatia

The UK has scuppered, at least temporarily, an agreement in principle between Bern and Brussels over the free movement of people between Switzerland and Croatia, the Swiss broadcaster RTS says. READ () »

US regulator seeks more Credit Suisse documents
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US regulator seeks more Credit Suisse documents

A New York regulator probing Credit Suisse's role in enabling tax evasion has demanded a trove of additional documents from the bank, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday. READ () »

Ex-footballer Makélélé faces Swiss tax probe
Claude Makélélé in his coaching role last year at Paris Saint Germain. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Ex-footballer Makélélé faces Swiss tax probe

Former France midfielder Claude Makélélé is facing a tax probe at home and in Switzerland, a filing showed Tuesday, as reports suggested it could relate to his investments in a Geneva football team. READ () »

Specialist says Swiss eat too much salty cheese
Photo: Switzerland Cheese Marketing

Specialist says Swiss eat too much salty cheese

The Swiss are known for their great love of cheese but a doctor from Lausanne is warning that they need to reduce their consumption of gruyère, emmental and other varieties because of the health risks. READ () »

Strong franc hits Nestlé's first quarter sales
Paul Bulcke: maintains 'organic growth' will improve. Photo: AFP

Strong franc hits Nestlé's first quarter sales

Nestlé, the world's leading food industry group, saw its sales slide 5.1 percent in the first quarter from the same period in 2013, the Swiss-based company said on Tuesday, blaming the effect of exchange rates and strength of the franc. READ () »

Swiss junior doctors 'working 56-hour weeks'
Photo: Zurich University Hospital

Swiss junior doctors 'working 56-hour weeks'

More than two-thirds of medical interns and junior doctors in Swiss hospitals are working an average of 56 hours a week in violation of federal labour law, an association of medical employees says. READ () »

Geneva’s green prisons chief 'needed coaching’
Entrance to Geneva's Champ-Dollon prison. Photo: RTS

Geneva’s green prisons chief 'needed coaching’

The woman in charge of Geneva’s prisons from February 2012 until she resigned in December 2013 knew nothing about prisons and required training from two coaches at a cost of around 340,000 francs ($387,000), according to reports on Monday. READ () »

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Gritty district turns into Zurich’s trendiest spot
Cyclist and dog pass by Im Viadukt in Zurich's Kreis 5. Photo: Diego Alborghetti/Zurich Tourismus

Gritty district turns into Zurich’s trendiest spot

Zurich’s Kreis 5 may be the antithesis of the idyllic Switzerland shown in tourist brochures, but that uniqueness is proving a draw for tourists and residents alike. READ () »

Skiing meshes with yoga on St. Moritz piste
Instructor Sabrina Nussbaum does the splits on the world's first yoga piste. Photo: Suvretta Snowsports

Skiing meshes with yoga on St. Moritz piste

Ski-yoga is more than a fashionable gimmick, as The Local’s Emily Mawson learns when she finds her skiing improving on St. Moritz’s new yoga piste — the first of its kind in the world. READ () »

Basel drummers pound out expert carnival beat
Photo: Basel Tourism

Basel drummers pound out expert carnival beat

Drummers play a key role in Basel’s three-day annual carnival or Fasnacht. But drumming is more than just a pastime in this German-speaking city on the Rhine River, as The Local’s Emily Mawson discovers. READ () »

Carmakers in Geneva push SUVs of all sizes
Porsche's new Macan SUV. Photo: Pierre Albouy/AFP

Carmakers in Geneva push SUVs of all sizes

Massive or small, affordable or off-the scale pricey: urban sports utility vehicles abound at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, with luxury carmakers speeding into the lucrative market. READ () »

UK novelist inspired by Lausanne memories

UK novelist inspired by Lausanne memories

Following on the success of her debut novel, The Book of Summers, British author Emylia Hall has looked to Switzerland for inspiration for her latest work. A Heart Bent Out of Shape is set in Lausanne, drawing on time Hall spent there as a 19-year-old student. The Local talks to her to find out more. READ () »

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Ukraine nixes 'internal affairs' talk in Geneva
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Ukraine nixes 'internal affairs' talk in Geneva

Ukraine on Tuesday ruled out any discussion of its "internal affairs" at talks this week with Russia, the US and EU, amid spiralling tensions between Kiev and pro-Moscow militants. READ () »

El Nino weather event seen likely: WMO
WMO headquarters in Geneva. Photo (detail): Mark Parsons

El Nino weather event seen likely: WMO

An "El Nino" climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean is likely this year, bringing droughts and heavy rainfall to the rest of the world, the Geneva-based UN weather agency warned on Tuesday. READ () »

Humans rights chief decries Syrian torture
UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay. Photo: UNHCR

Humans rights chief decries Syrian torture

The UN's human rights chief in Geneva condemned on Monday the "routine" use of torture in Syrian detention facilities, as a new report said victims were raped, beaten and had their teeth and toenails pulled out. READ () »

Policeman fined after video catches head kicks
Photo: SRF

Policeman fined after video catches head kicks

A Lucerne policeman caught by a security camera last year repeatedly kicking an alleged burglar in the head during a robbery investigation at a watch shop was fined on Monday for assault and abuse of authority. READ () »

Global economy picking up speed: WTO report
WTO's Geneva headquarters. Photo: WTO

Global economy picking up speed: WTO report

Global commerce is set to grow by 4.7 percent this year, the Geneva-based World Trade Organization said on Monday, with recovery in rich economies expected to mitigate risks in developing nations. READ () »

Glencore Xstrata sells stake in Peru mine
Photo: AFP

Glencore Xstrata sells stake in Peru mine

China Minmetals said on Monday that a consortium led by one of its subsidiaries MMG has agreed to buy Swiss-based Glencore Xstrata Plc's stake in the Las Bambas copper mine project in Peru for $5.85 billion. READ () »

‘Soft landing’ seen for Swiss property market
Andreas Höfert. Photo: RTS

‘Soft landing’ seen for Swiss property market

The Swiss real estate market is headed for a “soft landing” more than a hard crash, says an expert from UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank. READ () »

Lausanne residents vote against high-rise ‘Taoua’
Proposed Taoua building. Photo: City of Lausanne/Pont 12 Architectes

Lausanne residents vote against high-rise ‘Taoua’

Lausanne voters have rejected plans for an 85-metre-high hotel, office and apartment tower near the city’s Beaulieu convention and exposition centre. READ () »

Skier dies from fall in Valais glacier crevasse
Photo: Valais cantonal police

Skier dies from fall in Valais glacier crevasse

A 50-year-old man lost his life on the weekend after falling into a crevasse while crossing a glacier in Fieschertal in the canton of Valais. READ () »

Cancellara ends up third in Paris-Roubaix race
Fabian Cancellara on a better day, winning the Tour of Flanders earlier this month. Photo: AFP

Cancellara ends up third in Paris-Roubaix race

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara failed to claim a record-equalling fourth victory in the Paris-Roubaix cycling race on Sunday as Niki Terpstra from the Netherlands grabbed the top spot in a surprise finish. READ () »

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Special Feature: Human Trafficking
Trafficking victims failed by Austrian justice
Photo: Alyssa L. Miller

Trafficking victims failed by Austrian justice

The Austrian justice system fails victims of trafficking by being too lenient with sentencing for traffickers, according to victim organizations. Victims of trafficking rarely are granted residence permits, and some are trafficked multiple times. READ () »

School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party
Photo: DPA

School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party

Dozens of school children at a “porno-themed” high school party were taken to hospital on Thursday for nausea and stomach aches. It was initially believed they were poisoned but no alcohol has been found. READ () »

The Local List
Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter
Having an 'Only in Spain' moment? You're not alone. Picture of angry expat woman: Shutterstock

Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter

Expats in Spain are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations about life in the country. Here The Local has selected some of the funniest and truest tweets. READ () »

VIDEO
‘Anti-French’ Cadillac ad sparks anger in France
The new 'anti-French' Cadillac ad has not gone down well in France, believe it or not. Photo: Screengrab YouTube

‘Anti-French’ Cadillac ad sparks anger in France

VIDEO: US luxury brand Cadillac should not count on its new electric car selling well in France after its latest advert for the vehicle was blasted as “anti-French” and “lamentable”. See for yourself why and check out the response ad from Ford. READ () »

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'
Mafia infiltration has reached Germany's Rhineland. Photo: Shengel/Wikipedia

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'

Italian mobsters have infiltrated “every sector in Germany”, according to investigators, with the Sicilian mafia particularly active in the Rhineland. READ () »

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach
Bjørn Frilund, 64, with his unusual catch. Photo: Anders Hagen, Åndalsnes Avis

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach

Bjørn Frilund was gutting a large cod he'd caught, when he felt a big lump in its belly. As he cut in, he first found two semi-digested herrings. Then he pulled out a hefty orange vibrator. READ () »

Swedes pay $27 for 'bargain strawberries'

Swedes pay $27 for 'bargain strawberries'

The year's first batch of Swedish strawberries went under the hammer in Stockholm on Wednesday, with growers fetching 175 kronor ($27) per punnet. But the price was nothing compared to last year. READ () »

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