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Activist jailed for six years in Vasella case
Former Novartis chairman Daniel Vasella. Photo AFP/File

Activist jailed for six years in Vasella case

A British animal rights activist was jailed for six years on Thursday for her part in a Europe-wide campaign of intimidation targeting Huntington Life Sciences, an animal testing company linked to Swiss pharma giant Novartis. READ () »

Mega diamond to be auctioned in Geneva
A Sotheby's employee poses for pictures with the "Graff Vivid Yellow," at 100.09 carats one of the rarest yellow diamonds of its size. AFP Photo/Andrew Cowie

Mega diamond to be auctioned in Geneva

One of the world's largest yellow diamonds will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the Sotheby's auction house hoping to rake in up to $25 million for the gem. READ () »

Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland
Customs officials found €573 million in illegal money in 2013. Photo: Emilian Robert Vicol

Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland

The number of Germans smuggling money out of Switzerland rose dramatically last year. Customs officers on the German-Swiss border said on Thursday they made a find in almost every third car they checked. READ () »

Experts challenge e-cigarettes study
Photo: Denis Charlet / AFP

Experts challenge e-cigarettes study

Two Swiss medical organisations have rejected calls to overturn the ban on sales of electronic cigarettes in Switzerland. READ () »

Bern approves solution for Erasmus students
Students intending to go on an Erasmus exchange in 2014-15 will now be able to. Photo: Jirka Matousek

Bern approves solution for Erasmus students

Following the suspension of Switzerland's participation in the Erasmus student exchange programme, on Wednesday the federal government approved plans for a 23 million franc ($26 million) interim solution. READ () »

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 () »

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Zoo faces cruelty charges over cub deaths
Kurt Nünlist was appalled by the deaths of two cubs at the Bern zoo (photo:zvg)

Zoo faces cruelty charges over cub deaths

A Swiss animal lover has filed a legal complaint against Bern zoo, accusing it of cruelty over the deaths of two bear cubs. Dählhölzli zoo could be fined under Switzerland’s tough animal protection laws. READ () »

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 () »

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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 () »

Ukraine nixes 'internal affairs' talk in Geneva
Photo: UNOG

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 () »

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 () »

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 () »

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 () »

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 () »

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School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party
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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 () »

Abortion Travel agency: 'We should never exist'
“Be free in London”, “Decide in Paris” or “Your choice in Lisbon”: just three of the mottos featuring on a ground-breaking yet made-up service. Photo: DDB

Abortion Travel agency: 'We should never exist'

A women's lobby group has set up a fictitious travel agency offering all-inclusive 'abortion holidays' abroad as an ominous reminder of what Spanish women may be forced to do if a tough new law is passed in May. READ () »

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials
French scientists said they have misplaced some deadly SARS virus. Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials

A routine inventory at the prestigious French research body Institut Pasteur in Paris revealed it has lost some 2,300 tubes containing samples of the potentially deadly SARS virus. 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 () »

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Sweden's worst office clichés revealed

"We have to hit the brakes and the gas at the same time." Does your Swedish boss confuse you? You're not alone. Swedes have crowned that phrase as the worst workplace cliché of the year. READ () »

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