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Wheelchair user killed in station by SBB train
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Wheelchair user killed in station by SBB train

An investigation is under way into the death of a man in a wheelchair who was killed on Tuesday by a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) train travelling through the Roggwil-Wynau train station in the canton of Bern. READ  

Geneva bank CBH snaps up Portuguese interests
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Geneva bank CBH snaps up Portuguese interests

The main shareholder of troubled Banco Espirito Santo (BES) was placed in receivership on Tuesday as the parent group announced it has sold off the bulk of its Swiss-based activities to Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique, a Geneva-based bank. READ  

Hackers exploit 'holes' in Swiss online banking
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Hackers exploit 'holes' in Swiss online banking

Computer hackers are using a “trojan horse” virus to target users of 16 Swiss online banking sites, according to reports from security experts who liken the “holes” in internet banking security to Emmental cheese. READ  

Geneva lawyer named US ambassador to Finland
Charles C. Adams Jr. Photo: Paul Ronga

Geneva lawyer named US ambassador to Finland

President Barack Obama has named Charles C. Adams Jr., a prominent American lawyer and Democratic Party supporter living in Geneva, as US ambassador to Finland. READ  

Strong franc dents Swatch first-half profits
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Strong franc dents Swatch first-half profits

Swatch, the world’s biggest watch company, recorded lower profits for the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period a year earlier, as the strong Swiss franc took its toll. READ  

Tax evasion fine soaks Credit Suisse in red ink
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Tax evasion fine soaks Credit Suisse in red ink

Credit Suisse, Switzerland's second-largest bank, posted an unexpectedly big net second-quarter loss on Tuesday as a huge US tax evasion fine sent it deep into the red. READ  

Nyon's Paléo music festival off to muddy start
Elton John is set to make his first appearance at the Paléo festival. Photo: AFP

Nyon's Paléo music festival off to muddy start

The 39th Paléo music festival, getting under way on Tuesday in Nyon in the canton of Vaud, is struggling with muddy grounds after heavy rain. READ  

Troicki returns from ban with Swiss Open win
Viktor Troicki playing at Wimbledon last year. Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Troicki returns from ban with Swiss Open win

Viktor Troicki made the most of his return to tennis after serving a one-year ban as the Serb defeated Austria's Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 on Monday to reach the second round of the Swiss Open in Gstaad. READ  

Police seek witnesses in Vevey stabbing death
Vevey: residents stunned by stabbing death. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Police seek witnesses in Vevey stabbing death

Vaud cantonal police were seeking witnesses after a 32-year-old man was stabbed to death in Vevey on Monday. READ  

Bern football player's own goal goes global
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Bern football player's own goal goes global

Milan Gajic, a player for the Bern football team Young Boys, is facing the embarrassment of a lifetime after a video of his own goal over the weekend went viral on the internet. READ  

Features
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  

Monthly pay under $4,000 'a challenge' in Geneva
Supporters hold paper planes during an action in Geneva earlier this month to support a minimum wage of 4,000 francs. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Monthly pay under $4,000 'a challenge' in Geneva

Surrounded by luxury at the high-end Geneva hotels where she works, Alcina Esteves de Almeida sometimes goes hungry — her salary, while generous by American standards, is not enough to make ends meet in pricey Switzerland. READ  

More News

Red Cross officially declares Ukraine civil war

The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. READ  

Israel's actions 'may be war crimes': Pillay
Navi Pillay. Photo: UNHCR

Israel's actions 'may be war crimes': Pillay

Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said in Geneva on Wednesday, while also condemning indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants Hamas. READ  

Palestinian meets Fifa chief over Gaza crisis
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter. Photo: Marcello Casal Jr.

Palestinian meets Fifa chief over Gaza crisis

Fifa chief Sepp Blatter on Tuesday raised the alarm about the spiralling Gaza crisis as he held talks with the head of the Palestinian Football Association. READ  

Julius Bär faces US penalty over tax evasion
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Julius Bär faces US penalty over tax evasion

Julius Bär said on Monday it expects to strike a deal with American authorities over a probe into the Swiss bank's role in helping Americans evade taxes by the end of the year. READ  

ABB and Volvo team up for rechargeable buses
Prototype of the bus tested by Geneva transit company TPG. Photo: ABB

ABB and Volvo team up for rechargeable buses

Electric buses which can recharge their batteries fast when at bus stops are to be developed by Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB and Volvo Buses of Sweden, ABB said on Monday. READ  

Questions linger over abducted teen's murder
View of Belmont-sur-Lausanne. Photo: Sissssou/Wikimedia Commons

Questions linger over abducted teen's murder

An investigation is continuing into the kidnapping and murder of a 14-year-old girl by a 30-year-old man who is believed to have committed suicide in woods east of Lausanne. READ  

Avalanches claim four victims in Valais Alps
North face of the Pointes de Mourti, site of one of the deadly avalanches. Photo: Valais cantonal police

Avalanches claim four victims in Valais Alps

A 50-year-old British woman was among four people who died in two separate avalanches in the Valais Alps over the weekend. READ  

Swiss ice cream sales continue to melt: report
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Swiss ice cream sales continue to melt: report

The news is perhaps fitting given the poor summer Switzerland is experiencing so far this year: Swiss residents are eating less ice cream, new figures show. READ  

Switzerland's Swatch to open stores in India
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Switzerland's Swatch to open stores in India

Swatch has applied to set up stores in India, a report said on Saturday, as the Swiss-based watchmaker moves to tap a growing and increasingly accessory-conscious consumer class. READ  

Swiss remain on top of innovation rankings
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Swiss remain on top of innovation rankings

Switzerland has claimed the top spot on the Global Innovation Index for the fourth-straight year while Sub-Saharan Africa "posted significant regional improvement". READ  

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Burgenland's 'Stonehenge' discovery
Reconstruction of circular ditches at Heldenberg, Lower Austria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Burgenland's 'Stonehenge' discovery

In a sensational find for Austrian archaeologists, aerial photographs taken two years ago on the southern outskirts of the Burgenland town of Rechnitz have revealed the existence of circular trenches dating back to the Neolithic Period. READ  

Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty
Who was it then? Photo: DPA

Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty

Germany’s long and rowdy World Cup celebrations did not just take a toll of fans and players – the trophy was also damaged on Sunday night at the afterparty in Brazil as the team celebrated victory over Argentina. READ  

Danish happiness is all in the genes: study
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Danish happiness is all in the genes: study

One international survey after the other has pointed to Denmark as the world's happiest country and now a researcher in England tells The Local that he may have discovered the reason why. READ  

Spaniards named biggest tech addicts in Europe
“We’re bringing up a generation of cowards who only say “I love you” or “thanks” on Whatsapp because it’s more ‘convenient’." Photo: Garry Knight/Flickr

Spaniards named biggest tech addicts in Europe

Spaniards spend an incredible 8 hours and 48 minutes a day using devices outside work, making them the most tech addicted people in Europe, a new study has found. READ  

Report - 'Little Jerusalem'
'Anti-Semitic' riots: 'We may leave France'
Police in Sarcelles face-off with rioters who targeted the Jewish community in Sarcelles, to the north of Paris. Photo: AFP

'Anti-Semitic' riots: 'We may leave France'

The anxious Jewish community in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles was left picking up the pieces on Monday a day after being targeted by "anti-Semitic" rioters. The Local visited the town, where some French Jews said they were considering leaving the country. READ  

The Local List
Top 10 foreign films made in Italy
The famous vespa scene in 1953's Roman Holiday. Screengrab: YouTube

Top 10 foreign films made in Italy

From 1953’s Roman Holiday to The Talented Mr Ripley in 1999, Italy has long held an allure for foreign filmmakers. READ  

Road workers smash 1,000-year-old monument
Ancient longstone similar to the one damaged in Steigen. Photo: Shutterstock

Road workers smash 1,000-year-old monument

A northern county on Thursday began proceedings to sue a Norwegian government sub-contractor for destroying a 1,000-year-old ancient stone during a roadside project in Nordland. READ  

What's On in Sweden
Hammarby Sjöstad is one of Stockholm's many summer swimming spots. Photo: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

What's On in Sweden

This weekend promises plenty of activities in Sweden's three biggest cities including street parties, music in the park or perhaps a little people-watching at a nearby swimming spot as the weather hots up. READ  

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