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Swiss top two officially tapped for Davis Cup
Wawrinka and Federer at past Davis Cup competition. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss top two officially tapped for Davis Cup

Switzerland captain Severin Lüthi will tap the star power of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka when the Alpine country faces Italy in next month's Davis Cup, Swiss Tennis announced on Wednesday. READ  

Swiss consumer spending falls: report
Vehicle registrations rose but other consumer spending indicators dropped. Photo: AFP

Swiss consumer spending falls: report

Swiss consumer spending and sentiment dropped in July after reaching a six-year high in the previous month, UBS said in a report issued on Wednesday. READ  

Driver jailed for running over footballer — twice
Photo: Sukhjeet Batth

Driver jailed for running over footballer — twice

A 24-year-old man in Geneva is appealing a jail sentence of four years and six months for driving into a football player twice while drunk — the second time intentionally — causing injuries that forced the athlete to give up his career. READ  

Federer advances to US Open second round
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Federer advances to US Open second round

Switzerland's Roger Federer advanced to the second round of the US Open tennis tournament on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Australian Marinko Matosevic. READ  

Feud confirmed in mosque shooting death
Photo: Saint Gallen cantonal police

Feud confirmed in mosque shooting death

Police confirmed on Tuesday that the shooting death of a man in a mosque in the Swiss city of Saint Gallen last Friday was the result of a settling of accounts between two Albanian families. READ  

Zurich officials declare 'sex boxes' a success
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Zurich officials declare 'sex boxes' a success

Swiss authorities are basking in the afterglow of a decision to create a "sex drive-in" in Zurich, with social services hailing it a success on its first anniversary on Tuesday. READ  

Swiss officials deny Mafia arrests in Thurgau
Scene from Italian police video. Photo: YouTube

Swiss officials deny Mafia arrests in Thurgau

Justice officials in Bern are denying reports from Italian police that 16 alleged members of the Mafia were arrested in the town of Thurgau, a Swiss town, saying that investigations are still ongoing. READ  

Geneva private banks set to reveal first results
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Geneva private banks set to reveal first results

UPDATED — The elite of Swiss private banks on Tuesday began lifting the veil on their books after a radical shift in their business model, amid tougher international regulations and crackdowns on tax dodgers. READ  

Man arrested in New Zealand for Swiss murder
Photo: New Zealand Police

Man arrested in New Zealand for Swiss murder

A Sri Lankan national accused of murdering his ex-wife in Switzerland 14 years ago appeared in a New Zealand court on Tuesday after allegedly spending more than a decade on the run. READ  

Wawrinka reaches second round of US Open
Photo: Stan Emmert/AFP

Wawrinka reaches second round of US Open

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka reached the second round of the US Open tennis tournament on Monday with a 6-2, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic. READ  

Features
Swiss National Park: touring an Alpine refuge
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Swiss National Park: touring an Alpine refuge

The Local’s Emily Mawson spends a night in the Swiss National Park, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, to experience what the country’s most protected place is like. READ  

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  

More News
Worldwide damage from natural disasters drops
Swiss Re headquarters in Zurich. Photo: Swiss Re

Worldwide damage from natural disasters drops

Natural disasters caused total economic losses of $41 billion in the first six months of this year, much less than usual, reinsurance group Swiss Re estimated on Wednesday. READ  

WHO urges ban on e-cigarettes for minors
Photo: Jim Watson/AFP

WHO urges ban on e-cigarettes for minors

Governments should ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Tuesday, warning that they pose a "serious threat" to foetuses and young people. READ  

Swiss gays recognized as parents of child
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Swiss gays recognized as parents of child

In a historic decision for Switzerland, a court in the canton of Saint Gallen has recognized a gay couple as the legal parents of a child born in the United States to a surrogate mother. READ  

Nine-year-old boy blamed for blaze that razed barn
Attalens municipal hall, not far from site of the fire. Photo: Pymouss/Wikimedia Commons

Nine-year-old boy blamed for blaze that razed barn

Police in the canton of Fribourg on Monday blamed a nine-year-old boy for a fire that destroyed a barn, killed eight calves and seriously injured a 55-year-old man. READ  

Former New York judge named to UN Gaza probe

Former New York judge Mary McGowan Davis was appointed on Monday to a UN commission probing Israel's Gaza offensive and the actions of Islamist militant group Hamas, the world body's Geneva-based Human Rights Council said. READ  

Police arm Swiss federal judges with pepper spray
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Police arm Swiss federal judges with pepper spray

Police have equipped Swiss federal judges with pepper spray and flashlights for self-protection following an attack on a judge in Lucerne several months ago. READ  

Mountain bike accidents keep Swiss docs busy
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Mountain bike accidents keep Swiss docs busy

The growing popularity of mountain biking is leading to more injuries among two-wheeling enthusiasts in many tourist regions of Switzerland, according to a survey by the Schweiz am Sonntag newspaper. READ  

Sprinter Bolt bows out of Zurich athletics meet
Photo: Nick J. Webb

Sprinter Bolt bows out of Zurich athletics meet

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has brought his abbreviated season to a close after racing just four times, organizers of the Diamond League final in Zurich announced on Sunday. READ  

Seven injured after two light aircraft collide
Wreckage of plane that crashed in Trungen, a hamlet in the canton of Saint Gallen in northeastern Switzerland. Photo: Saint Gallen cantonal police

Seven injured after two light aircraft collide

A collision between two light aircraft in the canton of Saint Gallen on Sunday afternoon left seven people with serious injuries, cantonal police said. READ  

Federer poised for fairytale of New York
Roger Federer meets the press at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Saturday in New York City. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Federer poised for fairytale of New York

The tennis legend hopes to mark the tenth anniversary of his first US Open title with a sixth triumph in New York and become the oldest Grand Slam champion in more than 40 years. READ  

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Vienna teenager strangles wild boar piglet
Wild boar piglet. Photo: Steven Walling

Vienna teenager strangles wild boar piglet

A teenager has strangled a baby wild boar in Vienna’s Lainzer Tiergarten wildlife preserve - apparently out of boredom. READ  

Size does matter in this case, rules judge
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Size does matter in this case, rules judge

A judge has ordered a deliveryman's manhood to be measured after he claimed in court that it was too small for him to be guilty of exhibitionism. READ  

Twins run to history at Ironman Copenhagen
Steen and Peder Madrup completed the KMD Ironman Copenhagen contest on Sunday less than 20 minutes before the cut-off time. Photo: Simon Skipper/Scanpix

Twins run to history at Ironman Copenhagen

With some major help from his brother Steen, Peder Mondrup became the first person with cerebral palsy to complete an Ironman contest. READ  

Miss Spain comes out of closet on Instagram
Patricia Yurena Rodríguez has thanked people for their support after posting a picture of herself with lover Vanesa Klein on Instagram. Photo: Darren Decker/Miss Universe Organization/AFP

Miss Spain comes out of closet on Instagram

The winner of the 2013 Miss Spain contest, Patricia Yurena, has become the first holder of the tile to declare herself gay, posting a picture of herself with her lover in bed on the social media site Instagram. READ  

Parisian kicked off flight 'because he smelled'
A passenger was reportedly forced off an American Airlines plane because he smelled. Photo: Vincent Desjardins/Flickr

Parisian kicked off flight 'because he smelled'

An investigation is underway to see whether American Airlines may be guilty of discrimination after a passenger from Paris claims he was forced off a plane because he smelled. The airline denies the allegation. READ  

Waiter writes 'faggots' on gay diners' receipt
The receipt with the words "I warn you they're faggots" printed on it. Photo: Brindisi Oggi

Waiter writes 'faggots' on gay diners' receipt

A group of gay men were outraged after a waiter at a pizzeria in Taranto, Puglia, handed them a bill with a homophobic slur printed on it. READ  

Terrorists may lose Norwegian citizenship
MP Solveig Horne sending "a strong signal to people wanting to take part in terror operations.” Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/NTB scanpix

Terrorists may lose Norwegian citizenship

The government is considering withdrawing Norwegian citizenship from people taking part in terror activities and wars abroad. READ  

What's On in Sweden

What's On in Sweden

Autumn has arrived in Sweden, which means grey skies are approaching. But summer goes out with a skip, hop, and a bang - the annual Color Run is taking place in Stockholm this weekend. READ  

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