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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
Photo: Swatch

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  

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  

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
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
Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

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
Photo: SwissCore

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  

Abbas calls on Swiss for human rights summit
Mahmoud Abbas shakes hands with Didier Burkhalter during his official visit to Switzerland in 2012. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Abbas calls on Swiss for human rights summit

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked Swiss President Didier Burkhalter to organize an urgent conference regarding the current deadly conflict in the Middle East. READ  

WHO spokesman dies on doomed MH17 flight
Glen Thomas was among several delegates heading to a global AIDS conference in Melbourne. Photo: STR/AFP

WHO spokesman dies on doomed MH17 flight

Glenn Thomas, a spokesman for the World Health Organisation, was among the 298 people killed in the crash in eastern Ukraine of a Malaysia Airlines jet, the Geneva-based UN agency said on Friday. READ  

Federal Court: no tests for expat car drivers
Foreign drivers have up to a year to exchange their licence. Photo: State Farm

Federal Court: no tests for expat car drivers

Foreigners living in Switzerland cannot be asked to pass a Swiss driving test in order to swap their foreign driving licence for a Swiss one, regardless of when they apply, the Federal Court has said. READ  

Swiss airlines steers clear of Ukraine airspace
Swiss will divert flights away from eastern Ukraine. Photo: Swiss International Air Lines

Swiss airlines steers clear of Ukraine airspace

Swiss International Air Lines will no longer fly over Ukranian airspace following the devastating crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight in the east of Ukraine on Thursday amid reports it was shot down. READ  

Blues legend Winter dies in Swiss hotel room
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Blues legend Winter dies in Swiss hotel room

Grammy award-winning American blues legend Johnny Winter has died aged 70 in a hotel room near Zurich, Swiss police said on Thursday, confirming a statement on his official Facebook page. 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  

Denmark to host biggest weapons store in Europe
Giant gun stores: no longer just for Americans! Photo: Steve Helber/POLFOTO

Denmark to host biggest weapons store in Europe

A 5,000 square metre gun shop in Jutland has been built "like a fortress" to address security concerns. The owners hope weapons enthusiasts from around the world will visit the store for their gun and ammo needs. READ  

Barcelona beaches reopened after shark alert

Barcelona beaches reopened after shark alert

Six beaches in Barcelona were reopened on Wednesday morning after being closed when lifeguards spotted several sharks very close to shore on Tuesday. 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  

Renzi irked as Mogherini waits to learn EU fate
Matteo Renzi answers journalists' question on July 17th 2014 after a special meeting of the European Council. Photo: John Thys/AFP

Renzi irked as Mogherini waits to learn EU fate

Italy's foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, was widely tipped to be named EU foreign policy chief when the EU's 28 government heads met in Brussels on Wednesday, but the leaders postponed the decision until August. 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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