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Former Coop Bank CEO faces three-year ban
FINMA found irregularities at the bank. Photo: Coop Bank

Former Coop Bank CEO faces three-year ban

The Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has banned former Coop Bank CEO Andreas Waespi from any managerial role for three years after it was found he manipulated share prices at the bank. READ  

Federal law aims to ease Swiss rent rises
New tenants will now have the right to know the rent paid by their predecessors. Photo: Ruth Hartnup

Federal law aims to ease Swiss rent rises

Anyone taking on a new lease on a rental property in Switzerland will have the right to know what rent the landlord charged the previous tenants under new changes to the tenancy law. READ  

Weapons stockpile found in home near Interlaken
Police took two days to take an inventory of the weapons (not those pictured). Photo: AFP

Weapons stockpile found in home near Interlaken

Police have seized a stash of around 2,000 weapons and ammunition hoarded by a 68-year-old man in his Unterseen home, near Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland. READ  

Federer struggles to win opener at Paris Masters
Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Federer struggles to win opener at Paris Masters

Switzerland’s Roger Federer struggled at times but finally prevailed in three sets in his opening match at the Paris Masters tennis tournament against hard-serving Frenchman Jérémy Chardy. READ  

Nestlé to 'employ' robot clerks in Japan stores
Photo: AFP

Nestlé to 'employ' robot clerks in Japan stores

Swiss-based food giant Nestlé says its Japan unit is hiring 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country. READ  

Lagging Swiss ease 'barriers' for business
Switzerland has made it easier to start a business by introducing online procedures, report says. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Lagging Swiss ease 'barriers' for business

Switzerland may be best in the world for competitiveness but when it comes to ease of starting a business the Alpine country lags behind 19 other countries — although it has improved over the past year, a new World Bank report says. READ  

Bern police track clues on 50 armed robbers
The Reithalle, seen here as it looked in 2003, is used by young people in Bern as a centre for alternative culture. Photo: Roland Zumbühl/Picswiss

Bern police track clues on 50 armed robbers

Bern police are seeking witnesses after a bizarre robbery involving 50 masked gunmen at an alternative culture centre in the Swiss capital at the weekend. READ  

Neuchâtel tech firm unveils white solar panel
Christophe Ballif, head of CSEM's solar panel team, and staff show off white panel. Photo: CSEM

Neuchâtel tech firm unveils white solar panel

A non-profit technology company based in Neuchâtel has unveiled what it describes as the first white solar panel in the world. READ  

Swiss Ebola vaccine trials cleared to start
Ebola poster in Liberia. Photo: AFP

Swiss Ebola vaccine trials cleared to start

Ebola vaccine trials are set to start in Switzerland this week after receiving the green light from the country's authorities, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Tuesday. READ  

New products push up Novartis Q3 earnings
Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP

New products push up Novartis Q3 earnings

Basel-based pharmaceuticals giant Novartis on Tuesday said that strong sales of new products had helped push its net profit up 45 percent in the third quarter from the same period a year earlier, despite competition from copycat generic drugs. 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  

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Crisis sparks rise in child poverty in rich countries
Image from Unicef report (detail).

Crisis sparks rise in child poverty in rich countries

At least 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line in the world's richest nations since the economic crisis struck in 2008, Unicef said in a hard-hitting report on Tuesday. READ  

UBS posts higher net profits for third quarter
Photo: UBS

UBS posts higher net profits for third quarter

A tax bonus helped Swiss banking giant UBS offset the costs of legal action over tax penalties, the bank said on Tuesday, announcing a 32-percent net profit rise in the third quarter over the same period a year earlier. READ  

Switzerland slips in gender equality rankings

Switzerland slips in gender equality rankings

Switzerland has slipped in the 2014 global rankings for gender equality to 11th place from ninth last year in an annual report from the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. READ  

Average Swiss household income rises
Photo: Yoshiko Kusano/Photopress

Average Swiss household income rises

The average monthly disposable income of Swiss households exceeds 7,000 francs and annual savings amount to more than twice that amount, according to latest government figures released on Monday. READ  

Job candidates unhappy with hiring process
Photo: Canton of Geneva

Job candidates unhappy with hiring process

More than one in two job seekers in Switzerland are dissatisfied with the process used by employers to hire people, according to a new survey by staffing company Kelly Services. READ  

India names tax dodgers with Swiss accounts
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi: committed to identifying tax dodgers. Photo: AFP

India names tax dodgers with Swiss accounts

India's government revealed Monday new names of people accused of illegally stashing funds in Swiss bank accounts, and those in Liechtenstein and other offshore havens, as it seeks to recover billions of untaxed dollars parked abroad. READ  

Ban on cars proposed for welfare recipients
Photo: BFU

Ban on cars proposed for welfare recipients

People receiving welfare in the canton of Zurich face losing the right to drive a car under proposed legislation that appears to have majority backing. READ  

Federer aims to retake number one spot
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Federer aims to retake number one spot

Switzerland's Roger Federer is taking his battle with Novak Djokovic for the world number one spot down to the wire as he arrives as the hottest player on tour at the Paris Masters tennis tournament, which begins on Monday. READ  

Stabbing murder of Pole declared 'cold case'
Investigator's issued this photo of a tattoo on the victim's body. Photo: Vaud cantonal police

Stabbing murder of Pole declared 'cold case'

Just ahead of his retirement Philippe Vautier, chief prosecutor for the northern part of the canton of Vaud, has officially closed the books on an investigation into a sensational murder case — without finding a suspect. READ  

One third of Swiss teachers 'face burnout'
Photo: AFP/Getty Images

One third of Swiss teachers 'face burnout'

One in three teachers in Switzerland say they suffer symptoms of depression at least once a month and are at risk of burnout. READ  

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Since it declared its everlasting neutrality on October 26, 1955, the national holiday, the Alpine country of Austria has gone from strength to strength, boasting a staggering twenty Nobel Prize laureates, including seven in physiology or medicine, five in chemistry, three in physics and economist Friedrich Hayek. READ  

German exports to Russia dive by a quarter
Russia has banned food imports from the EU. Photo: DPA

German exports to Russia dive by a quarter

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Melting ice gives 'wake-up call' in Copenhagen
100 tonnes of Greenlandic ice was brought to Copenhagen to melt in front of onlookers in order to make "the climate challenges we are facing tangible". Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Melting ice gives 'wake-up call' in Copenhagen

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Drug mule left to die in airport over Ebola fears
The drug mule arrived at Madrid's Barajas airport almost two hours before dying of an overdose. Photo o Barajas airport: Shutterstock

Drug mule left to die in airport over Ebola fears

A Nigerian drug smuggler at Madrid's international airport who started shivering after the cocaine bags he was carrying inside his body burst was left to die after airport authorities activated an emergency Ebola alert READ  

Mother has four limbs removed after abortion
A French mum had to have four limbs amputated due to complications following an abortion. Photo: Shutterstock

Mother has four limbs removed after abortion

A woman who had an abortion in Bordeaux is suing the medical team that performed the procedure after she ended up having to have partial amputations to both arms and legs. READ  

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Uproar over US troops' Ebola quarantine in Italy
S troops at the Vicenza base. Photo: Edward Braly/HO US Army/AFP

Uproar over US troops' Ebola quarantine in Italy

The decision to put a dozen American soldiers returning from Liberia into quarantine for Ebola at their base near Venice rather than in the United States sparked controversy in Italy on Wednesday. READ  

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday
Troops and experts prepare for Mount Mannen avalanche. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday

Experts studying the imminent avalanche on Mount Mannen in South Norway said it is "fairly probable" it will occur some time on Tuesday. READ  

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Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
Best beard winner Kristofer Larsson. Photo: Pontus Flatum

Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'

A father-of-two from west Sweden has fought off competition from more than a hundred hairy men to win a national prize in honour of his beard. READ  

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