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Swiss travel firm Kuoni suffers weak results
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Swiss travel firm Kuoni suffers weak results

Shares in Switzerland-based global travel group Kuoni plunged on Thursday after the company posted weak results for the first half of 2014, blaming unrest in many parts of the world. READ  

Swiss mountains claim latest hiker victim
The Kandersteg valley. Photo: Jonty Sewell

Swiss mountains claim latest hiker victim

A 64-year-old German man died in the Bernese alps on Wednesday morning after slipping on a snowy path and falling several hundred metres to his death, cantonal police confirmed. READ  

Zurich airport staff in baggage fine prize draw
Staff can win free flights if fine targets are met. Photo: Kozumel

Zurich airport staff in baggage fine prize draw

Airport handlers Swissport and Swiss International Airlines have launched a competition for check-in desk staff at Zurich airport to encourage them to dish out more overweight baggage fines to passengers. READ  

Swiss Post SMS scheme gets stamp of approval
More than 100,000 stamps were sold under the pilot scheme. Photo: Swiss Post

Swiss Post SMS scheme gets stamp of approval

Swiss Post’s pilot scheme selling postage stamps by text message is to become a permanent service on September 1st, after 100,000 SMS stamps were sold during the one-year trial. READ  

'Suicide tourists' double in three years
The Dignitas clinic in Pfaeffikon near Zurich. Photo: Sebastian Derungs/AFP

'Suicide tourists' double in three years

A total of 172 "suicide tourists" travelled to Switzerland in 2012 – double the 2009 number – to die with medical assistance, a practice prohibited in many countries, a study said on Thursday. READ  

Swiss goalie retires from international football
Diego Benaglio played for Switzerland during the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Photo: Juan Mabromata/AFP

Swiss goalie retires from international football

Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio announced his international retirement on Wednesday, saying that he wanted to concentrate on his club career with German side Wolfsburg. READ  

US tax crackdown hits Swiss private banks
Photo (detail): AFP

US tax crackdown hits Swiss private banks

Switzerland's exclusive private banks took a beating last year, in part due to a US crackdown on tax cheats, with more than one third of them posting losses, a study published on Wednesday showed. READ  

Novartis signs global deal for TB treatment
Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP

Novartis signs global deal for TB treatment

Swiss-based pharmaceuticals giant Novartis said on Wednesday that it had signed a licensing deal with an international organization that fights tuberculosis. READ  

Glencore Xstrata switches back into black
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Glencore Xstrata switches back into black

Mining giant Glencore Xstrata reported a sharp improvement in first-half performance on Wednesday, marking a big switch back into profit. READ  

Woman accuses nude selfies politician of lying
Baden city hall (building with spire, left). Photo: Roland Zumbühl

Woman accuses nude selfies politician of lying

The case of Geri Müller, the federal MP from Aargau and town mayor of Baden who sent nude selfies to a woman from his office, has taken another turn after she accused him of lying. READ  

Features
Swiss National Park: touring an Alpine refuge
Photo: Tim Williams/The Local

Swiss National Park: touring an Alpine refuge

The Local’s Emily Mawson spends a night in the Swiss National Park, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, to experience what the country’s most protected place is like. READ  

Panoramic Bernina Express fetes rail history
The Bernina Express pulls into the Alp Grüm station, situated at 2,091 metres above sea level. Photo: Tim Williams

Panoramic Bernina Express fetes rail history

As the Rhaetian Railway celebrates its 125th anniversary, The Local’s Emily Mawson takes a ride on one of its trains to find out what makes the Graubünden cantonal rail network so unique. READ  

Bern’s unusual fountains tell capital story
Photo: Bern Tourism

Bern’s unusual fountains tell capital story

Bern is sometimes known as the ‘city of fountains’ — it is home to more than 100 of them. A tour of the oldest ones, dating back to medieval times with unusual statues such as a child-eating ogre, offers a fascinating way to get to know the Swiss capital, writes The Local's Emily Mawson. READ  

Alphorn opens Swiss doors for US expat writer
Author Chantal Panozzo and the cover of her book about Swiss surprises.

Alphorn opens Swiss doors for US expat writer

If there’s one thing American Chantal Panozzo realizes after eight years in Switzerland it’s that communication is about more than language. READ  

Roughing it beyond the power grid in Ticino
Traditional stone buildings in the Valle Bavona. Photo: Emily Mawson/The Local

Roughing it beyond the power grid in Ticino

The Local’s Emily Mawson ventures to the Valle Bavona, a steep-sided valley amid the mountains of the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, where residents voted against introducing electricity in the 1950s, and discovers a region lost in time. READ  

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Lake Geneva drownings claim lives of two men
Lake Geneva's La Maladaire beach. Photo: Tourismesuisse.com

Lake Geneva drownings claim lives of two men

In the second fatal drowning in Lake Geneva in as many days a 20-year-old man died after swimming near a beach at La Tour-de-Peilz in the canton of Vaud, cantonal police said on Tuesday. READ  

Villagers reject hydro plant to protect vultures
A bearded vulture. Photo: Richard Bartz

Villagers reject hydro plant to protect vultures

A couple of bearded vultures won out over a planned hydroelectric plant in a referendum held in a small village in the Engadin Valley region of the canton of Graubünden this week. READ  

Credit Suisse involved in Portuguese bank troubles
Photo: AFP

Credit Suisse involved in Portuguese bank troubles

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse on Tuesday confirmed that it had created investment vehicles for scandal-mired Banco Espirito Santo before it was bailed out by the Portuguese government. READ  

Politician in nude selfies scandal speaks out
Geri Müller: wants to stay in office. Photo: Swiss federal assembly

Politician in nude selfies scandal speaks out

A politician from the canton of Aargau embroiled in a scandal over sending nude selfies to a woman from his office apologized for his behaviour on Tuesday but maintained that he wanted to continue in office. READ  

Swiss aid in tax probe of former French footballer
Former French international and ex-Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly. Photo: Ilya Khokhlov

Swiss aid in tax probe of former French footballer

The French footballer Marcel Desailly is suspected of hiding money from the taxman in Paris, it emerged on Tuesday. Authorities in Switzerland say they are helping their counterparts in France probe Desailly's accounts. READ  

Murder suspect commits suicide in Valais jail
Martigny prison. Photo: Google Street View

Murder suspect commits suicide in Valais jail

A 64-year-old German woman suspected of murdering her 78-year-old partner in July committed suicide while in custody in Martigny prison in the canton of Valais, officials said on Monday. READ  

Federer poised to make history in New York
Photo: Jonathan Moore/Getty Images North America/AFP

Federer poised to make history in New York

Twelve months after crashing to his worst defeat in New York in a decade, Roger Federer heads to the 2014 US Open poised to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in more than 40 years. READ  

Police identify body of banker killing suspect
Photo (detail) of the "Robin Hood" suspect released earlier by Liechtenstein police.

Police identify body of banker killing suspect

The body of Jürgen Hermann, a self-styled Robin Hood suspected of killing a Liechtenstein banker in April, has been positively identified, German police said on Monday. READ  

Ukraine seeks Swiss help over ex-regime assets
The Swiss have frozen assets belonging to former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych. Photo: Press Pool/AFP

Ukraine seeks Swiss help over ex-regime assets

Ukraine has asked Switzerland to help it recover funds allegedly stashed in the Alpine country by associates of ousted ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, Swiss authorities said on Monday. READ  

Swiss film award winner seeks audience for epic
Golden Leopard winner Lav Diaz. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Swiss film award winner seeks audience for epic

The Philippine director of an international award-winning movie returned home Monday to presidential accolades and the challenge of finding an audience for his five-hour epic. READ  

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Austria is runner-up in calorie consumption
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Austria is runner-up in calorie consumption

Austria is usually considered to be a very healthy country, so it may come as a surprise to discover that Austrians consume the second greatest number of calories on a daily basis, just behind world champions USA. READ  

German journalists arrested in Ferguson
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, US. Photo: DPA

German journalists arrested in Ferguson

"To be arrested and yelled at and be rudely treated by police I had to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis in the United States of America," writes veteran reporter of his ordeal. READ  

Danish art project deemed racist by Swedes
Through Other Eyes gives "individuals an opportunity to try another ethnicity and possibly a different gender". Photo: Anna Andrea Malzer, Global Stories

Danish art project deemed racist by Swedes

A performance art project designed to give "a deeper understanding of discrimination" is accused of being an offensive blackface performance and removed from the Malmö Festival. READ  

Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts
The woman's breast implants were found to contain 1.7 kilos (3.74 pounds) of cocaine. Breast implant photo: Shutterstock

Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts

A Venezuelan woman with 1.7 kilos of cocaine hidden in her breast implants was arrested at Madrid airport after arriving on a flight from Colombia, police said on Friday. READ  

Air France staff object to flying to Ebola countries
Air France staff want flights to Ebola hit countries to be suspended. Photo: AFP

Air France staff object to flying to Ebola countries

Air France cabin crew are so concerned about the threat of the Ebola epidemic that unions have started a petition calling for flights to be stopped to those West African countries most affected by the disease. READ  

The Local List
Ten stupid things tourists have done in Italy
An Australian tourist prepares to jump into the Trevi Fountain. Screengrab: YouTube

Ten stupid things tourists have done in Italy

Tourists have a habit of misbehaving in Italy, judging from recent headlines. From the Australian caught jumping into the Trevi Fountain to the Frenchman having an orgy in the Pompeii brothel, we’ve singled out ten of the most stupid things tourists have done. READ  

Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
A second man has died at the Chess Olympiad in Norway. Photo: Shutterstock

Second death within hours at Chess Olympics

A second chess player died at the Norway Chess Olympiad in Tromsø on Thursday. READ  

Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace

Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace

Sweden has not actively taken part in a war since 1814 - breaking even Switzerland's record for peace. One peace and conflict expert has told The Local that Swedes learned the hard way to take the non-confrontational stance. READ  

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