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Pop goes the weasel as Hadron Collider shuts down
It will take a few days to repair the damage caused by the weasel, which did not survive its high-voltage encounter. Photo: AFP

The world's most powerful particle smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, went offline after a weasel caused a short circuit on a high-voltage transformer.

Anger as Basel pool bans 'maxi burqinis'
Australian model Mecca Laalaa in a tight-fitting Islamic swimsuit, or burqini. File photo: AFP

What lies behind controversial rule changes at a pool in the Swiss city of Basel?

Swiss region to shield tourists from 'killer cows'
File photo: Caroline Bishop

The tourist area of Laax in south-eastern Switzerland will install fences to ensure no one is attacked by protective mother cows this summer.

Football corruption: Platini faces make-or-break hearing

UPDATED: Uefa's fallen chief Michel Platini says he is optimistic a Swiss court will clear his name.

Arrested: teen who rolled joint outside police station
The two boys claimed “not to have realised they were in a police zone. File photo: AFP

Two teens in the Swiss town of Winterthur have been arrested after they were spotted rolling a joint on the grounds of a police station.

Confirmed: Federer to play at Madrid Open
Roger Federer at a ceremony marking the inauguration of a street bearing his name in Biel, Switzerland on April 21st. Photo: AFP

Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will continue his preparation for the French Open next month by taking part in the Madrid Masters next week, tournament officials confirmed on Thursday.

Cologne sex attacks: suspect arrested in Switzerland
The Cologne attacks on New Year's Eve shockd Germany. Photo: AFP

A key suspect in the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults in Cologne was spotted shoplifting in southern Germany and arrested across the border in Switzerland, authorities said on Thursday.

Swiss man loses licence after bird 'attacks' car
This was not the bird in the incident. Photo: Ian Bruce

This man was hoping for mercy from the courts. He didn't get it.

Swiss climber killed in Himalayas tragedy
Climbers often tackle Shisha Pangma as part of training for tougher climbs. File photo: Dirk Groeger

A Swiss and an Austrian have plunged to their deaths in China's Himalayas a tour operator says.

Is this why you should move to Switzerland?
File photo: AFP

Switzerland offers the highest standard of living in Europe, a new study shows. Here's why.

Features
Eurovision
Canadian singer Rykka: ‘I was made in Switzerland’
Rykka has a family connection with Switzerland. Photo: SRF/Lukas Mäder

Switzerland’s Eurovision entry may have been born in Canada, but she’s more Swiss than the Swiss, she tells The Local.

Brexit
Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
Photo: Leon Neal/AFP

The Local's survey discovers what expats are thinking about the forthcoming British referendum.

Queen's 90th birthday
7 reasons why the Queen should visit Switzerland
Queen Elizabeth II the day before her 90th birthday. Photo: Chris Jackson/Pool/AFP

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II last visited Switzerland in 1980. As she celebrates her 90th birthday, The Local feels it’s about time she paid us a second visit.

New Chaplin museum set in star's own 'Downton Abbey'
Chaplin's World will open in Manoir de Ban near Vevey, Chaplin's home for many years. Photo: Philippe Merle/AFP

An immersive museum showcasing the life of Charlie Chaplin opens in Switzerland on Sunday.

How Switzerland shaped London's youngest hotelier
Olivia Byrne stands outside her London hotel.

“Switzerland is just the best place to grow up.”

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Deep freeze: Switzerland shivers through icy night
File photo: Daniel Jolivet

Did you feel cold last night? No wonder.

Tour de Romandie
Cycling: Germany's Kittel takes Romandie sprint
Germany's Marcel Kittel celebrates after the first stage of the 70th Tour de Romandie. Photo: AFP

Germany's Marcel Kittel claimed the weather-curtailed first stage of the Tour de Romandie in a sprint finish on Wednesday.

Swiss parliament rejects paternity leave plea
Photo: Tom Page

Fathers shouldn't get two weeks statutory paternity leave, says parliament.

Zurich falcons killed with ‘kamikaze pigeons’
Peregrine falcons are protected in Switzerland. Photo: Mathias Schäf

A pigeon fancier in Zurich has admitted to poisoning a falcon to death with a ‘kamikaze pigeon’, the latest in a spate of similar incidents.

Zurich uni returns artworks stolen by Nazis
The paintings were bought by the university in 1979. Photo: Frank Tomio/University of Zurich

The two paintings were found to have been looted by the Nazis in 1933.

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From our other editions
Teen confesses to gang rape attack in Vienna
CHRISTIAN BRUNA/EPA

Teenager admits to being involved in an alleged gang rape attack on a student in a public toilet in Vienna.

The Local List
Germany's most bizarre May 1st traditions
Locals from Ruhpolding, Bavaria ride a stolen Maibaum down the street. Photo: DPA.

May 1st brings out weird and wonderful traditions in Germany, from mountain-top witch parties to day-drinking and dancing. Something wicked this way comes...

Could Danes face a 'red meat tax' to help climate?
The council said that consumers should be prompted to eat less meat through a tax. Photo: Bjarke Bo Olsen/Scanpix

“Danes are ethically obligated to change their eating habits," the Danish Council on Ethics said in suggesting a tax on meat.

Couple caught on camera having sex on metro platform
Screen grab: Krroks/YouTube

The hunt is on for a couple filmed getting a bit too frisky on a metro platform in Barcelona on Saturday night.

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Swiss parliament snubs plan for two weeks paternity leave
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Lifestyle
Fathers should share parental leave, says commission
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Society
Dictator-tracker spices up Geneva planespotting
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Education abroad: How to find an international school
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Politics
Swiss army ready to act in worst case migrant scenario
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Retiring abroad: ensuring your health is covered
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Lifestyle
Druk the elephant hauled to her feet by Zurich fire brigade
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Sport
Swiss champion snowboarder Estelle Balet killed by avalanche
Photo: Andreas Omvik/Zurich Tourism
Culture
Swiss 'groundhog day' forecasts lousy summer
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Why expats choose International Health Insurance
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Technology
'Love-making couch' among inventions at Geneva show
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Becoming an expat: where to start
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Society
Bank blacklists Swiss travel agent named Isis
Photo: Julien Gregario
National
Italian research student slain in Geneva street
Photo: Philippe Merle/AFP
Features
New Chaplin museum set in star's own 'Downton Abbey'
Photo: Gary Minnaert
Lifestyle
Name traditions still sway married Swiss women despite law change
Photo: Stephan Ridgway
Government eyes hefty fines for littering
Photo: Swiss Tourism
National
Revealed: the richest regions in Switzerland
Photo: Swiss National Bank
National
Switzerland's new 50 franc note: what you need to know
Photo: Caroline Bishop
Society
VIDEO: Swiss farmer's cows leap for joy of spring
Politics
Automatic expulsion of criminal foreigners rejected at the ballot box
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UK's Duchess of York seeks to become resident of Verbier
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City of Geneva to translate information into English
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Female guard at prison near Zurich 'helped Syrian flee jail'
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Swiss residential real estate 'bubble risk' continues to rise
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Temporary wood opera house opens near United Nations in Geneva
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