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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  

Majority back new immigration curbs: poll
Detail of poster for Ecopop proposal. Photo: ecopop.ch

Majority back new immigration curbs: poll

A majority of Swiss citizens support a proposal to limit annual net immigration to 0.2 percent of Switzerland’s population, a new survey indicates. READ  

Celebrated Swiss portrait photographer dies
Burri at the Elysée museum last year. Photo: Elyséee Museum

Celebrated Swiss portrait photographer dies

Swiss photographer René Burri, celebrated for his portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso, died Monday in Zurich aged 81, the Magnum agency said. READ  

'Monstrous' child molester jailed 15 years
Photo: Canton of Ticino

'Monstrous' child molester jailed 15 years

A 35-year-old man who sexually abused five girls of primary school age a total of more than 900 times was sentenced to a 15-year prison term by a court in the canton of Ticino on Monday. READ  

Fourteen-year-old Swiss whiz kid enrols at uni
Bastian Eichenberger: speaks nine languages. Photo: Sandra Meyndt/University of Freiburg

Fourteen-year-old Swiss whiz kid enrols at uni

A Swiss teenager has become the youngest university student in Germany, according to media reports in Switzerland. READ  

Electrolux to close Swiss manufacturing plant
Photo: AFP

Electrolux to close Swiss manufacturing plant

Swedish home appliances maker Electrolux plans to close its production plant in Schwanden in the canton of Glarus, eliminating 120 full-time jobs, partly because of tighter rules about Swiss-made products. READ  

Three kids hospitalized in crossing car crash
Photo: Zurich cantonal police

Three kids hospitalized in crossing car crash

Three children are in hospital, including a six-month-old infant, after a car collided with a family walking across a pedestrian crossing in Oberglatt, a municipality near the Zurich airport, police said on Monday. READ  

Quarter of workers 'stressed out': survey
Photo: AFP

Quarter of workers 'stressed out': survey

More than 40 percent of employed people in Switzerland believe they suffer from overwork, while a quarter of them say they are stressed out, according to a new survey. READ  

Canadian Ebola vaccine headed for Geneva
Geneva's university hospital. Photo: Julien Gregario

Canadian Ebola vaccine headed for Geneva

Canada will start sending more than 1,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to Switzerland this week as part of the global fight against the deadly virus, a Geneva hospital says. READ  

Swiss mountains claim four weekend victims
View of Fluebrig mountain where the passenger of a tandem paragliding pair died in a crash. Photo: Roland zh/Wikimedia Commons

Swiss mountains claim four weekend victims

Swiss mountain accidents claimed the lives of four men at the weekend, including a 61-year-old man who died from injuries suffered while flying as a passenger with a paraglider in the canton of Schwyz. READ  

Features
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  

Cameras give dizzy view of Eiger's north face
Photo: Mammut/AFP

Cameras give dizzy view of Eiger's north face

A project using custom-made 360-degree cameras mounted on the backs of climbers scaling the Eiger in Switzerland's Bernese Alps has captured a unique and dizzying view of the mountain's infamous north face. READ  

More News
Federer and Nadal seek different goals in Basel
Federer at last year's Swiss Indoors. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Federer and Nadal seek different goals in Basel

Home hero Roger Federer and ailing Rafael Nadal will be working to completely different agendas when the Swiss Indoors begins on Monday. READ  

Neckwear exhibit set to tie Swiss into knots
A wall of album covers showing singers wearing ties or bow ties is photographed during the exhibition "The Tie: men fashion power" at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Neckwear exhibit set to tie Swiss into knots

From a symbol of power to a fashion statement, ties in all their guises are on show at a new exhibition dedicated to the neckwear at the Swiss National Museum. READ  

Survey: Swiss motor boat theft on the rise
Lake Constance has experienced 82 thefts this year so far. Photo: Stephane Batigne

Survey: Swiss motor boat theft on the rise

Motor boat theft is a growing problem in Switzerland according to a new survey which puts the number of boats stolen this year to date as more than in the whole of last year. READ  

Voodoo chicken killing ruffles Geneva feathers
The chicken was decapitated and disembowelled. Photo: Karen Jackson

Voodoo chicken killing ruffles Geneva feathers

Residents of Geneva’s Petit-Saconnex district are petitioning for surveillance cameras in their local park after finding a dead chicken that appeared to have been killed in a voodoo-style sacrificial ceremony. READ  

Avenches fends off rain with undercover solution
Avenches amphitheatre hosts an annual opera festival. Photo: Guille Moraleda

Avenches fends off rain with undercover solution

Following a rainy summer season, the open-air opera festival in the roman amphitheatre of Avenches will in future decamp to a different location in times of inclement weather, the Avenches Opera foundation announced on Thursday. READ  

Expat disputes 'unjust' citizenship rejection
Irving Dunn has lived in Switzerland for 43 years. Photo: SRF

Expat disputes 'unjust' citizenship rejection

A 75-year-old American denied Swiss citizenship earlier this week, despite having lived in the country for 43 years, told The Local on Thursday that he is hoping for a “second chance” with the authorities who rejected his application. READ  

Eurozone causes Swiss economic slowdown
Photo: Marcel Grieder

Eurozone causes Swiss economic slowdown

Setbacks for recovery of the eurozone economy are affecting Switzerland, which cut its own growth forecasts on Thursday. READ  

EU students shun Swiss university studies
Numbers of EU students at EPFZ are down 10 percent. Photo: Roland Fischer/Wikimedia Commons

EU students shun Swiss university studies

European students are shunning Switzerland in droves, according to an inter-canton organization which places the blame on the February 9th anti-immigration vote and the EU’s subsequent block on Switzerland’s participation in student mobility programme Erasmus. READ  

Skiers face more price rises in new season
Lift prices will rise by 1.5 percent. Photo: SBS

Skiers face more price rises in new season

The already hefty cost of skiing in Switzerland will rise by on average 1.5 percent this season, ski lift organization Seilbahnen Schweiz (SBS) has announced as high-altitude resorts gear up to open. READ  

Swiss group set to acquire Tata Steel unit
Workers in Tata Steel rail plant. Photo: Tata Steel

Swiss group set to acquire Tata Steel unit

India's Tata Steel on Wednesday revealed that it had held talks to sell its European unit charged with supplying products including rods and rails to Geneva-based industrial firm Klesch Group. READ  

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Jihadist teens face five years' jail
Sabina (L) and Samra (R). Photo: APA/Interpol

Jihadist teens face five years' jail

The two teen girls who joined Jihadists in Syria, then changed their minds and now want to return to Austria, face up to five years in jail for supporting a terrorist organization, according to a report in the news daily Heute. READ  

German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight
Photo: Facebook/Screenshot

German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight

Members of a German motorcycle gang have travelled to Syria to join Kurds fighting against Islamic extremists (Isis), raising the prospect of Germans fighting Germans in Syria and Iraq. READ  

Green card holders to protest against new rules
According to one study, up to 80 percent of educated foreigners end up in unskilled positions. Photo: Cory M. Grenier/Flickr

Green card holders to protest against new rules

The Danish Green Card Association thinks its unfair that the government will apply significant changes to current green card holders retroactively and wants to work with parliament to find a better solution. READ  

Wild weather
Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands
The autumn storm saw businesses and garages flooded while landslides caused road closures. Screen grab: YouTube/Agustin Cabeza

Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands

Heavy rain caused chaos in the Canary Island city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Sunday with one woman dying after she found herself trapped underneath a parked car during flash flooding. READ  

Drunk doc downed vodka before fatal Caesarean
An anaesthetist has admitted to drinking before a procedure that left a British expat dead in France. Photo: Iroz Gaizka/AFP

Drunk doc downed vodka before fatal Caesarean

An anaesthetist has admitted to being under the influence of alcohol during a botched procedure that left a British expat dead during child birth in France. The doc told police she needs vodka so she doesn’t shake. READ  

Italian couple get stuck in frolic at sea
The couple got stuck together while having sex in the sea at Porto San Giorgio. Photo: Corrado Scropetta

Italian couple get stuck in frolic at sea

An Italian couple wound up in hospital after getting stuck together while romping in the sea in the Marche region. READ  

Norway strikes energy jackpots home and away

Norway strikes energy jackpots home and away

Two of the Nordic State's biggest energy companies have announced major oil and gas finds, it was reported on Tuesday. READ  

Stockholm 'Russian sub' alert
Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat
Commanding officer Jonas Wikström holds a press conference after reports of foreign underwater activity in Stockholm Archipelago. Photo: Anders Wiklund

Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat

UPDATED: Sweden's military has deployed planes and ships in the Stockholm Archipelago against what it says is a foreign threat in the waters, with the size of the operation unchanged overnight. READ  

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