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Banking
UBS share price tumbles on lower profit result
Photo: AFP

UPDATED: Swiss banking giant UBS on Tuesday saw its share price plummet after jittery investors helped push its first quarter net profit down by nearly two thirds.

Swiss school eyes longer holidays for non-smoking staff
File photo: Flickr

Staff at a school in the canton of Basel Country who provide a positive role model by not smoking should receive an extra week's holiday, one member of staff has suggested.

Refugee crisis
'Switzerland must shut itself off with barbed wire'
A man walks with his son in the Moria detention centre on the Greek Island of Lesbos in April. Photo: AFP

Swiss politician Andreas Glarner isn't afraid of controversy.

Tennis: Injured Federer pulls out of Madrid Open
Federer said he injured his back in practice on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Back problems have caused Roger Federer to pull out of the tournament in the Spanish capital.

Swiss may extradite Kosovan war crimes suspects: report
Swiss president and justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga is studying the case. Photo: AFP

Swiss authorities have arrested two Kosovans wanted by Serbia for suspected war crimes, but the question of where to extradite them to is stirring up diplomatic tensions, Swiss media report.

MPs say yes to cash for Switzerland’s 'slave kids'
Victims of historic abuse during the handover of a petition as part of "Repair", a public initiative calling for justice for victims of abuse in Bern in 2014. Photo: AFP

For decades, Swiss children were taken from their homes and forced to work as cheap labour. Some were sexually abused or underwent forced sterilization.

Swiss alpinist finds body of US climbing legend Alex Lowe
Speed Speed climber Steck (pictured) and his colleague David Göttler found the remains of Alex Lowe. Photo: AFP

Swiss mountain climber Ueli Steck has found the body of Alex Lowe more than 16 years after the American was buried by an avalanche in the Himalayas.

Hot stuff: Swiss winter was second warmest on record
Tourists ski on a thin layer of snow towards the resort of Leysin on December 28th. Photo: AFP

Only the winter of 2006/07 was warmer.

Family matters
Swiss canton boosts paternity leave to 5 days
Switzerland lags behind other European countries on the paternity leave issue. File photo: AFP

The move will send a positive message to the rest of Switzerland, supporters said before the vote.

Tour de Romandie
Cycling: Quintana wins Tour de Romandie
The Tour de Romandie is seen as a warm up and testing ground for the Tour de France. Photo: AFP

Colombian climber Nairo Quintana of the Movistar team won the Tour de Romandie on Sunday after a breakaway win in the fifth and final stage over 177.4km from Ollon-sur-Villars to Geneva on Sunday for local talent Michael Albasini.

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.”

More news
Rogue weasel shuts down Switzerland's Hadron Collider
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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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From our other editions
Austria votes to reject most migrants and refugees
Some of the 108 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean disembark at Lampesusa in April. ELIO DESIDERIO/EPA

The Austrian parliament on Wednesday adopted one of Europe's toughest asylum laws, as the country's political leaders struggle to halt the surging far-right which is leading in presidential polls.

Munich Oktoberfest to get first-ever entrance checks
Bavarian police at the entrance to the Oktoberfest grounds. File photo: DPA

Revellers hoping to join in the carousing at Munich Oktoberfest will have to pass through a security check before entering the festival grounds this year, Munich authorities have said.

Muslim ‘girls only’ swimming sessions ripple Danish waters
File photo: Scanpix DK

A Danish swimming club has seen a sharp increase in membership among Muslim girls after it introduced female-only, closed-doors sessions.

'Hugely important' haul of Roman coins found in Spain
Stock photo of Roman coins. Photo: Helen Hall/Flickr

Over 600kg of bronze coins were unearthed during building work in Seville.

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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
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Culture
Swiss 'groundhog day' forecasts lousy summer
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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
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National
Italian research student slain in Geneva street
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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
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Government eyes hefty fines for littering
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National
Revealed: the richest regions in Switzerland
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National
Switzerland's new 50 franc note: what you need to know
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Society
VIDEO: Swiss farmer's cows leap for joy of spring
Politics
Automatic expulsion of criminal foreigners rejected at the ballot box
National
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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