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Ex-banker admits lying over French tax fraud
Pierre Condamin-Gerbier. Photo: AFP

Ex-banker admits lying over French tax fraud

A man who acknowledged lying when he served as a key witness in a major French tax fraud investigation was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison term in the Swiss canton of Ticino on Friday. READ  

Massive write-downs soak Axpo in red ink
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Massive write-downs soak Axpo in red ink

Swiss utility company Axpo said on Friday that eroding wholesale prices for electricity have forced it to write down 1.5 billion francs on the value of its power plants and energy supply contracts. READ  

Banks vow negative rates won't be passed on
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Banks vow negative rates won't be passed on

Major banks in Switzerland say they have no intention of charging small savers negative interest rates in the wake of the Swiss National Bank’s decision this week to charge such rates to financial institutions. READ  

Suspected stabber Nabilla freed from prison
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Suspected stabber Nabilla freed from prison

Swiss model and French reality TV star Nabilla Benattia left a women’s prison in Versailles, France on Thursday on conditional release while facing charges of attempted murder after stabbing her boyfriend. READ  

Swiss school grad 'hero' among café siege victims
Photo: César Ritz Colleges/Facebook

Swiss school grad 'hero' among café siege victims

César Ritz Colleges, a Swiss hotel management school group, issued a tribute on its Facebook page to a former graduate who died while trying to end this week’s café hostage-taking incident in Sydney, Australia that left three people dead and five people injured. READ  

Forecast cuts 2015 Swiss economic growth
What, me worry? Swiss economy seen as continuing to defy trend in eurozone. Photo: Credit Suisse

Forecast cuts 2015 Swiss economic growth

The Swiss federal government's experts' group says Switzerland's economic prospects remain favourable in a "risky environment" although it cut its growth forecast for 2015. READ  

French businessman plans takeover of Orange

French businessman plans takeover of Orange

Apax Funds has announced it is selling Orange Switzerland, the country’s third largest mobile operator, to NJJ Capital, a holding company owned by French businessman Xavier Niel for 2.8 billion francs. READ  

Switzerland cracks top ten list for business
Zurich, Switzerland's biggest centre for business. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Switzerland cracks top ten list for business

Switzerland ranks among the top ten best countries in the world to do business, according to Forbes magazine’s list for 2014. READ  

Central bank imposes negative interest rates
Photo: Michael Faes

Central bank imposes negative interest rates

With fresh turmoil in foreign exchange markets putting upward pressure on the franc, the Swiss National Bank announced on Thursday the introduction of negative interest rates. READ  

Swiss cheer Cuba and US on resuming relations
US President Obama announcing decision at the White House. Photo: Pool/AFP

Swiss cheer Cuba and US on resuming relations

Switzerland has extended congratulations to the United States for its decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time since 1961 by opening a an embassy in Havana. READ  

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Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope
Photo: David Geisser

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope

Although better known today for their colourful uniforms than their centuries-old reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards remain a powerful symbol of the Vatican. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes.
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Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing
Photo: Jungfrau Railways

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing

You don’t have to ski to enjoy Switzerland in the winter. From snowshoeing to ski-jöring, non-skiers have plenty of ways to amuse themselves in the colder months. The Local's Caroline Bishop runs down some of the options. READ  

Discovering Gruyère's 'most beautiful' village
Photo: La Gruyère Tourism/Christof Sonderegger

Discovering Gruyère's 'most beautiful' village

Apart from its world famous cheese, the Gruyère district can also boast of being home to a village voted this year the most beautiful in French-speaking Switzerland. The Local’s Morven McLean pays a visit to the village of Gruyères to find out what makes it so special. READ  

Expat dilemma: to be or not to be a Swiss citizen

Expat dilemma: to be or not to be a Swiss citizen

They have made their home in Switzerland and don’t plan to leave, but many long-term foreign residents are unable — or unwilling — to acquire a Swiss passport. The Local’s Morven McLean looks at the obstacles to citizenship and speaks to some new Swiss who have overcome them. READ  

Federer legend grows with Davis Cup win
Federer poses for a selfie with supporters in Lausanne. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Federer legend grows with Davis Cup win

It's taken him 16 years as a pro, but Roger Federer finally has won all there is to win in tennis — well almost. READ  

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US head of Fifa ethics committee quits
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US head of Fifa ethics committee quits

Sepp Blatter, the Swiss leader of Zurich-based Fifa, said on Wednesday that he was "surprised" by the resignation of top corruption investigator Michael Garcia over the handling of his inquiry into the Qatar and Russia World Cup bids. READ  

Middle East civil rights urged at Geneva meet
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Middle East civil rights urged at Geneva meet

An international conference in Geneva on Wednesday called on both Israelis and Palestinians to respect humanitarian rights laws in the occupied territories, but was condemned by Israel as a "political exercise". READ  

First woman joins Swiss central bank board
Photo: Malcolm Curtis/The Local

First woman joins Swiss central bank board

The Swiss National Bank on Wednesday named IMF executive Andréa Maechler as its first ever female board member. READ  

Natural disaster losses fall in 2014: Swiss Re
Swiss Re headquarters in Zurich. Photo: Swiss Re

Natural disaster losses fall in 2014: Swiss Re

Extreme weather and other natural and man-made disasters caused $113 billion (90.6 billion euros) in economic losses in 2014, reinsurer Swiss Re said Wednesday. READ  

Geneva talks on Iran nuclear plan continue

World powers resumed negotiations in Geneva with Iran on Wednesday over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, more than three weeks after they last met and gave themselves another seven months to conclude a deal. READ  

Cabinet ministers rapped for accepting new limos
Federal cabinet minister Doris Leuthard with new Tesla. Photo: DETEC/Twitter

Cabinet ministers rapped for accepting new limos

Critics are complaining that Swiss federal government ministers are getting early Christmas presents in the form of expensive new limousines as official cars at a time when the government is planning hefty budget cuts.
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Scalpers profit from sold-out AC/DC Zurich gig
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson (left) and group's co-founder Angus Young. Photo: AFP/File

Scalpers profit from sold-out AC/DC Zurich gig

Tickets for AC/DC, the veteran Australian hard rock band, sold out on Tuesday for a Zurich concert in six minutes but media reported tickets were being resold within an hour at five times the price. READ  

Woman gives birth at metro after taxi snub
Photo: CHUV

Woman gives birth at metro after taxi snub

A woman gave birth on Tuesday to a baby boy outside a Lausanne metro station after a taxi driver refused to take her and her husband to hospital for fear of messing up the interior of his car, according to a report. READ  

Tag Heuer chief changes tune on smartwatches
Tag Heuer's CEO Jean-Claude Biver: change of heart. Photo: Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer chief changes tune on smartwatches

Barely a few months after dismissing Apple's smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a hi-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm's line-up. READ  

Snow shortage worries Alpine ski resorts
Skiers at Zermatt, one of the resorts faring better because of its high altitude. Photo: Zermatt.ch

Snow shortage worries Alpine ski resorts

With a little over a week until Christmas the continued lack of snow at top Swiss and other European ski resorts has caused a flurry of worries ahead of the key holiday season. READ  

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Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'
Sabina (L) and Samra (R). Photo: APA/Interpol

Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'

According to David Scharia, a senior Israeli expert of the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTED), one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria in Spring to join the jihad has been killed in fighting. READ  

India court blocks Bayer generic drug appeal
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India court blocks Bayer generic drug appeal

An Indian court has rejected German drug giant Bayer's bid to block a generic version of its blockbuster cancer treatment Nexavar by a local drugmaker, a move hailed by activists on Saturday. READ  

Copenhagen flight nearly hit by Russian military jet
The reported near-miss occurred in Swedish airspace. Photo: Jeppe Michael Jensen/Scanpix

Copenhagen flight nearly hit by Russian military jet

A Russian military jet nearly collided with a commercial passenger plane that had just taken off from Copenhagen Airport, Danish and Swedish military said on Saturday. READ  

Malaga to ban 'cruel' animal circuses
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Malaga to ban 'cruel' animal circuses

The local council in the southern Spanish city of Malaga has announced that animal circuses will be banned in the city as it unveils a new federation for the protection of animal rights. READ  

'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France
"Legal" marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty/AFP

'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France

Electronic cigarettes containing cannabis extracts which give you the relaxing and pain-killing effect of the drug but without the high are about to go on sale in France. READ  

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Top ten 'untranslatable' Italian words
In Italian a "Menefreghista" is someone who doesn't care and comes from the phrase "Non me ne frega" (I don't care). Photo: Shutterstock

Top ten 'untranslatable' Italian words

What’s the word for the mark left on a table by a cold glass? Oh that’s right, there’s no word in English for that - but in Italian, on the other hand… READ  

Revealed: spy equipment in central Oslo
Leader of the Christian Democrats, Knut Arild Hareide, talks on his mobile on his way to Norway's parliament last month. Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

Revealed: spy equipment in central Oslo

Spy equipment that can be used to eavesdrop on the mobile phones of politicians and ordinary Norwegians has been discovered in several places in the Oslo area, including close to the country’s parliament, newspaper Aftenposten has revealed. READ  

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed
Mikhail Vanin, Russia's ambassador in Copenhagen. Photo: TT

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed

Russia's ambassador to Denmark has made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis. READ  

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