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Federer derailed by Raonic at Paris Masters
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Federer derailed by Raonic at Paris Masters

Big serving Milos Raonic upset world number two Roger Federer 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to make the Paris Masters tennis tournament semifinals on Friday and stay alive in the race to reach the World Tour Finals. READ  

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Swap your home, save a fortune, and have a great time in the process. The Local finds why thousands of people from around the world have embraced the Home Exchange phenomenon. READ  

Swiss confirm European terror plot by three Iraqis
Islamic State (Isis) supporters in Syria. Photo: Rami Al-Sayed/AFP

Swiss confirm European terror plot by three Iraqis

Swiss authorities confirmed on Friday that three Iraqis arrested in March are suspected of having planned a terrorist attack in Europe on behalf of the Islamic State group. READ  

Violent teen rearrested after therapy fails
Carlos was arrested in Zurich. Photo: Justin Otto

Violent teen rearrested after therapy fails

Following a fight in Zurich city centre, police have rearrested a teenager with a history of violent behaviour whose costly therapy programme provoked public outrage earlier this year. READ  

Gold reserves boost Swiss national profits
Swiss gold reserves rose in value by 3.3 billion euros. Photo: Bullion Vault

Gold reserves boost Swiss national profits

The Swiss central bank reported a profit equivalent to 23.6 billion euros for the first nine months of the year on gains from currency trading and a rise in the value of its gold reserves. READ  

Kosovan sex slave flees Switzerland for Austria
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Kosovan sex slave flees Switzerland for Austria

A 19-year-old woman from Kosovo who claims she was forced into prostitution and kept as a sex slave in a cellar in Switzerland for almost three years has sought asylum in Austria. READ  

Swiss shun religion for the supernatural
Some 24 percent of those surveyed said they believed in angels. Photo: K Hurley

Swiss shun religion for the supernatural

While the number of religious people in Switzerland is on the decline, nearly two thirds of Swiss believe in the supernatural, according to a new survey. READ  

Swiss politicians against pedestrians on phone
Texting in the street is a dangerous distraction, feel politicians. Photo: Matthew Kenwrick

Swiss politicians against pedestrians on phone

The days of whatsapping while walking could be over in Switzerland if some politicians get their way. Members of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) are calling for people who walk about the streets with their eyes on their smartphones to be punished, saying they are a danger to themselves and others. READ  

Federer advances as Wawrinka falls in Paris
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Federer advances as Wawrinka falls in Paris

Roger Federer advanced at the Paris Masters tennis tournament on Thursday after beating Frenchman Lucas Pouille in two sets. READ  

Former Coop Bank CEO faces three-year ban
FINMA found irregularities at the bank. Photo: Coop Bank

Former Coop Bank CEO faces three-year ban

The Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has banned former Coop Bank CEO Andreas Waespi from any managerial role for three years after it was found he manipulated share prices at the bank. READ  

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Geneva doctors dress for battle with Ebola virus
Health workers take part in pre-deployment training. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Geneva doctors dress for battle with Ebola virus

Sweating behind fogged-up goggles, Thanh Dang meticulously follows each instruction as she peals away layers of protective clothing, stopping repeatedly to wash her double-gloved hands in chlorine disinfectant. READ  

Eritrean refugees find shelter at Swiss abbey
Eritrean refugees in front of Einsiedeln abbey. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Eritrean refugees find shelter at Swiss abbey

After a harrowing flight from autocratic Eritrea, the last place Nuguse Teklestion expected to call home was the pastoral grounds of a Swiss monastery housing a mysterious black Madonna. READ  

Anglo writer lauds expat 'brains and brawn'
Author Diccon Bewes dresses the part after retracing the footsteps of Victorian tourists. Photo: Diccon Bewes

Anglo writer lauds expat 'brains and brawn'

“Outside expert” on Switzerland and English expat Diccon Bewes followed in the footsteps of the Victorians for his latest book Slow Train to Switzerland. As he tells The Local’s Emily Mawson, if British tourists transformed the country then, international expats play as important a role now. READ  

Geneva lab sleuths help art world uncover fakes
Fine Arts Expert Institute head scientist Killian Anheuser tests painting ascribed to Fernand Léger. Photo: Richard Juilliart/AFP

Geneva lab sleuths help art world uncover fakes

Dressed in an immaculate white lab coat, Sandra Mottaz stares intently through a stereo microscope at a bold-coloured painting purportedly by French master Fernand Léger, searching for signs of forgery. READ  

Mushroom picking 'more complex' than expected
Photo: Catherine McLean/The Local

Mushroom picking 'more complex' than expected

Hunting for mushrooms is a popular pastime in Switzerland but finding ones that are edible — rather than those liable to send you to hospital — can be challenging, as The Local's Catherine McLean discovers. READ  

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Federal law aims to ease Swiss rent rises
New tenants will now have the right to know the rent paid by their predecessors. Photo: Ruth Hartnup

Federal law aims to ease Swiss rent rises

Anyone taking on a new lease on a rental property in Switzerland will have the right to know what rent the landlord charged the previous tenants under new changes to the tenancy law. READ  

Weapons stockpile found in home near Interlaken
Police took two days to take an inventory of the weapons (not those pictured). Photo: AFP

Weapons stockpile found in home near Interlaken

Police have seized a stash of around 2,000 weapons and ammunition hoarded by a 68-year-old man in his Unterseen home, near Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland. READ  

Federer struggles to win opener at Paris Masters
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Federer struggles to win opener at Paris Masters

Switzerland’s Roger Federer struggled at times but finally prevailed in three sets in his opening match at the Paris Masters tennis tournament against hard-serving Frenchman Jérémy Chardy. READ  

Nestlé to 'employ' robot clerks in Japan stores
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Nestlé to 'employ' robot clerks in Japan stores

Swiss-based food giant Nestlé says its Japan unit is hiring 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country. READ  

Lagging Swiss ease 'barriers' for business
Switzerland has made it easier to start a business by introducing online procedures, report says. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Lagging Swiss ease 'barriers' for business

Switzerland may be best in the world for competitiveness but when it comes to ease of starting a business the Alpine country lags behind 19 other countries — although it has improved over the past year, a new World Bank report says. READ  

Bern police track clues on 50 armed robbers
The Reithalle, seen here as it looked in 2003, is used by young people in Bern as a centre for alternative culture. Photo: Roland Zumbühl/Picswiss

Bern police track clues on 50 armed robbers

Bern police are seeking witnesses after a bizarre robbery involving 50 masked gunmen at an alternative culture centre in the Swiss capital at the weekend. READ  

Neuchâtel tech firm unveils white solar panel
Christophe Ballif, head of CSEM's solar panel team, and staff show off white panel. Photo: CSEM

Neuchâtel tech firm unveils white solar panel

A non-profit technology company based in Neuchâtel has unveiled what it describes as the first white solar panel in the world. READ  

Swiss Ebola vaccine trials cleared to start
Ebola poster in Liberia. Photo: AFP

Swiss Ebola vaccine trials cleared to start

Ebola vaccine trials are set to start in Switzerland this week after receiving the green light from the country's authorities, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Tuesday. READ  

New products push up Novartis Q3 earnings
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New products push up Novartis Q3 earnings

Basel-based pharmaceuticals giant Novartis on Tuesday said that strong sales of new products had helped push its net profit up 45 percent in the third quarter from the same period a year earlier, despite competition from copycat generic drugs. READ  

Crisis sparks rise in child poverty in rich countries
Image from Unicef report (detail).

Crisis sparks rise in child poverty in rich countries

At least 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line in the world's richest nations since the economic crisis struck in 2008, Unicef said in a hard-hitting report on Tuesday. READ  

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Since it declared its everlasting neutrality on October 26, 1955, the national holiday, the Alpine country of Austria has gone from strength to strength, boasting a staggering twenty Nobel Prize laureates, including seven in physiology or medicine, five in chemistry, three in physics and economist Friedrich Hayek. READ  

Thief distracts staff by squirting her breast milk
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Thief distracts staff by squirting her breast milk

A mother in central Germany came up with an unusual tactic to allegedly steal from a pharmacy on Monday. READ  

Russia simulated an attack on Denmark
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Russia simulated an attack on Denmark

The Danish Defence Intelligence Service has released its new long-term risk assessment which reveals that Russia carried out a "a more offensive" military exercise aimed at a heavily-populated target. READ  

'Scary clown' craze hits Spanish city
Coulrophobia, or fear of clowns, has swept across France in recent weeks. Photo of scary clown: Shutterstock

'Scary clown' craze hits Spanish city

A 'scary clown' craze that has caused panic across France in recent weeks has arrived in the northern Spanish city of Gijón, local media are reporting. READ  

France falls to Germans in nude swim tourney
A man holds medals during the naturist swimming championship. Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP

France falls to Germans in nude swim tourney

France is known for its clothing-optional beaches, but this weekend it was an international nude swimming competition that drew au naturel swimmers. And of course the Germans took the most medals. READ  

Ebola crisis
Uproar over US troops' Ebola quarantine in Italy
S troops at the Vicenza base. Photo: Edward Braly/HO US Army/AFP

Uproar over US troops' Ebola quarantine in Italy

The decision to put a dozen American soldiers returning from Liberia into quarantine for Ebola at their base near Venice rather than in the United States sparked controversy in Italy on Wednesday. READ  

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday
Troops and experts prepare for Mount Mannen avalanche. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday

Experts studying the imminent avalanche on Mount Mannen in South Norway said it is "fairly probable" it will occur some time on Tuesday. READ  

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Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
Best beard winner Kristofer Larsson. Photo: Pontus Flatum

Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'

A father-of-two from west Sweden has fought off competition from more than a hundred hairy men to win a national prize in honour of his beard. READ  

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