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Blatter rejects calls to quit as Fifa meet opens
Blatter addressing Fifa congress on Thursday. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Blatter rejects calls to quit as Fifa meet opens

Embattled Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Thursday warned of "more bad news" for football's scandal tainted world body but rejected calls to resign over a widening corruption scandal. READ  

Boffins discover why Swiss cheese has holes
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Boffins discover why Swiss cheese has holes

Eureka! After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese. READ  

Swiss returns home to make 'gender-fluid' film
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Swiss returns home to make 'gender-fluid' film

Swiss filmmaker Florian Halbedl is returning to Switzerland from his current home in Canada to shoot an unusual short film in the canton of Ticino with his trans-gender partner. READ  

Fifa corruption scandal
Will he stay or go? Pressure rises on Blatter
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Will he stay or go? Pressure rises on Blatter

Sepp Blatter, the Swiss head of Fifa, headed into the eye of a storm on Thursday with world media calling on him to resign as major corruption scandals overshadow the Zurich-based world governing body of football. READ  

Fifa corruption scandal
US soccer kingpin key to Fifa corruption probe
Chuck Blazer: central figure in Fifa investigations. Photo: Peter Kohalmi/AFP

US soccer kingpin key to Fifa corruption probe

Once the most important man in US soccer, Charles "Chuck" Blazer turned on FIFA to become the central figure in a wide-ranging graft investigation that threatens to bring the sport's Zurich-based world governing body to its knees. READ  

Strong franc hurts Swiss exports — and imports
Watchmaker for Swiss brand Piaget. Watch exports dipped 0.8 percent in April from the same month a year earlier. Photo: AFP

Strong franc hurts Swiss exports — and imports

Swiss exports and imports dropped significantly in April because of lower prices linked to the strong franc, the Federal Customs Administration (FCA) said on Thursday. READ  

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Geneva's revolutionary marketing education

The world is changing rapidly, and that means marketing has to change with it. The University of Geneva offers a programme which keeps pace with evolution. READ  

Switzerland drops in 'global competitiveness'
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Switzerland drops in 'global competitiveness'

Switzerland slipped in IMD’s 2015 World Competitiveness Ranking to fourth place from second a year earlier, the Lausanne-based business school said on Wednesday. READ  

Fifa corruption scandal
Blatter says Fifa will expel guilty officials
Sepp Blatter: facing pressure ahead of vote. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Blatter says Fifa will expel guilty officials

Fifa's Swiss president Sepp Blatter admitted Wednesday football's world body faces a "difficult time" because of a major corruption storm but vowed any officials found guilty would be expelled from the sport. READ  

Dump truck driver dies after plunge into water
Photo: Aargau cantonal police

Dump truck driver dies after plunge into water

Help came too late for a 62-year-old dump truck operator who died on Wednesday after the vehicle plunged several metres into a retention basin in Wohlen in the canton of Aargau, police said. READ  

Features
Severed rope recalls Matterhorn's first ascent
Climbers for Mammut near Matterhorn's summit. Photo: Christoph Frutiger/Mammut

Severed rope recalls Matterhorn's first ascent

As Zermatt celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, The Local’s Emily Rose Mawson delves into the story and finds out more about the iconic Swiss summit that so many people want to climb. READ  

Opinion
Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits
2.2 million Brits live in another EU country. 2.3 million people from elsewhere in the EU live in the UK. Photo: Charles Clegg.

Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits

Brits in the rest of the EU should all be given a vote in the country’s upcoming referendum - as should Europeans who live in the UK. We’re the ones with most to lose, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage. READ  

Street food (finally!) surfaces in Swiss cities
Photo: Caroline Bishop

Street food (finally!) surfaces in Swiss cities

Street food offers an alternative, lower cost style of dining that has been almost impossible to find in Swiss cities. The Local's Caroline Bishop finds out that this state of affairs is rapidly changing — to the delight of many expats. READ  

Swiss hotel schools serve 'world best' recipe
Students work through lunch at the Glion school. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss hotel schools serve 'world best' recipe

It feels like a luxury restaurant, with starched-uniformed waiters pouring pricy wine and explaining the intricate details of a gourmet menu as diners gaze out at a spectacular mountain view. READ  

Young urban Swiss catch the car-sharing bug
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Young urban Swiss catch the car-sharing bug

A Swiss cooperative that allows members to share cars is shifting into high gear. READ  

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Six indicted Fifa officials oppose extradition
FBI Director James B. Comey speaks during the announcement of charges against Fifa officials at a news conference on Wednesday in New York. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP

Six indicted Fifa officials oppose extradition

Six of the seven top Fifa officials arrested on Wednesday in Zurich as part of a twin corruption probe are opposing their extradition to the United States, the Swiss justice department said. READ  

Federer and Wawrinka advance in French Open
Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Federer and Wawrinka advance in French Open

Switzerland's Roger Federer continued his seamless progress at the French Open tennis tournament on Wednesday by ousting Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-2, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 to reach the third round. READ  

Fifa corruption scandal
Swiss arrest seventh football official in Zurich
Fifa communications manager Walter de Gregorio at Wednesday's press conference. Photo: AFP

Swiss arrest seventh football official in Zurich

Swiss authorities on Wednesday said a seventh top football official was arrested following a US request in a corruption probe that has thrown Fifa into turmoil. READ  

Switzerland signs tax evasion accord with EU
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Switzerland signs tax evasion accord with EU

The European Union and Switzerland signed a major accord on Wednesday designed to prevent EU residents from hiding undeclared income in Swiss banks, the European Commission said. READ  

Fifa corruption scandal
Fifa rocked by US racketeering charges
Photo: AFP

Fifa rocked by US racketeering charges

Fifa, the Zurich-based governing body for world football, was rocked on Wednesday by US allegations of racketeering involving millions of dollars of bribes and corruption charges levelled against nine of its top officials, including two vice-presidents. READ  

Fifa corruption scandal
Police arrest Fifa officials in Zurich over 'bribes'
Baur au Lac hotel, where arrests took place. Photo: AFP

Police arrest Fifa officials in Zurich over 'bribes'

UPDATED: Six football officials suspected of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars were arrested in Zurich early Wednesday at the request of the US government, Swiss authorities said. READ  

Rail timetable changes biggest in decade
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Rail timetable changes biggest in decade

The new timetable for Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) to be introduced in December represents the biggest change in the network’s schedule in more than a decade, the state-owned rail operator said on Tuesday. READ  

Vaud MP confirmed dead in small plane crash
Robin RD-300 plane similar to the one that crashed. Photo: El Grafo/Wikimedia Commons

Vaud MP confirmed dead in small plane crash

UPDATE: An MP from the canton of Vaud was one of two people who died in a small plane that crashed on Tuesday afternoon in France after taking off from Lausanne. READ  

Fifa's Blatter confident about re-election
Jordan's Prince Ali bin al Hussein (left) and Sepp Blatter. Photos: AFP

Fifa's Blatter confident about re-election

Sepp Blatter, president of Zurich-based Fifa, says he is confident of securing a new term as head of world football and slammed what he called the "negative influences" that he said threaten the game. READ  

Froome takes on Federer over selfies brouhaha
Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Froome takes on Federer over selfies brouhaha

Roger Federer has drawn criticism from British cycling champion Chris Froome after the Swiss tennis star complained about a boy who jumped onto the court at the French Open to take a selfie with him. READ  

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Man dead after fatal shooting on Vienna tram
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Man dead after fatal shooting on Vienna tram

One man was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting on a tram car in Vienna on Sunday evening. READ  

Cologne's giant bomb successfully defused
The bomb was burrowed deep in the ground. Photo: DPA

Cologne's giant bomb successfully defused

Bomb disposal teams have successfully made a 1,000-kilo explosive dropped during the Second World War safe, allowing 20,000 evacuated people to return to their homes. READ  

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My Danish habits that foreigners just don't get
Their love of bikes and the Danish flag make the list, but what else? Photo: Colourbox

My Danish habits that foreigners just don't get

Do you find the Danes a bit weird? The Local's Nick Bojesen Jensen, who has just returned to Denmark after years abroad, lists ten Danish traits that leave his foreign friends bemused. READ  

Air traffic controllers call June strike across Spain
Passengers waiting at Madrid Barajas airport during the 2010 air traffic controllers strike. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

Air traffic controllers call June strike across Spain

Spanish air traffic controllers have announced four days of strikes in June, threatening travel chaos during peak season for tourists visiting Spain. READ  

The ten Paris streets you just have to walk down
How many of these unforgettable streets have YOU seen? Photo: Loïc Lagarde/Flickr

The ten Paris streets you just have to walk down

Paris is best explored on foot - so we asked the experts at Localers walking tours to come up with a list of the most unmissable streets in the French capital. See how many you have walked along. (No, the Champs Elysées is not one of them). READ  

Italian town sets new Tiramisù record
Photo: Gemona Turismo

Italian town sets new Tiramisù record

The northern Italian town of Gemona has set the record for the largest Tiramisù in culinary history. READ  

Norway alone in sending Eritrean refugees home
Eritreans demonstrate in Segels Torg, Stockholm for Dawit Isaak, the Swedish journalist imprisoned by Eritrean authorities. Photo: JANERIK HENRIKSSON / SCANPIX

Norway alone in sending Eritrean refugees home

Norway's right-wing government is negotiating a deal with Eritrea's repressive regime which would see asylum seekers from the country forcibly returned, even though a UN report maintains that they could face torture. READ  

Sweden ladies red-faced over infectious 'clap' tag
The Swedish women's national football team. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Sweden ladies red-faced over infectious 'clap' tag

Swedish is a peculiar language, and translating expressions into English can be tricky, as most expats know. The women's national football team got a taste of this on Tuesday, when their international slogan inadvertently encouraged fans to spread gonorrhoea around Sweden. READ  

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