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Nestlé posts better than expected sales growth
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Nestlé posts better than expected sales growth

Swiss-based Nestlé, the world's biggest producer of packaged food, on Friday posted better-than-expected growth in the first quarter despite currency exchange rates that hampered sales. READ  

Hollande basks in good vibes from Swiss visit
Swiss president Sommaruga with Hollande. Photo: DFJP

Hollande basks in good vibes from Swiss visit

French President François Hollande may be having difficulties in his own country but he received a generally warm response during his historic two-day visit to Switzerland. READ  

More dads working part-time in Switzerland
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More dads working part-time in Switzerland

The percentage of men working part-time in Switzerland has doubled in the past 20 years, as more fathers opt to spend time with their families, new government figures show. READ  

IOC chief welcomes Paris bid for 2024 Olympics
Hollande and Bach shake hands in Lausanne. Photo: Ian Jones/IOC

IOC chief welcomes Paris bid for 2024 Olympics

International Olympic Committee (IOC) head Thomas Bach on Thursday said that Paris would be an "exemplary" host of the 2024 Olympics after meeting French President François Hollande in Lausanne. READ  

French skier dies after Les Diablerets plunge
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French skier dies after Les Diablerets plunge

A 41-year-old Frenchman died after plunging down the mountainside while skiing off-piste at Les Diablerets in the canton of Vaud, police said on Thursday. READ  

Wawrinka and Federer stunned in Monte Carlo
Federer leaves court after loss. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

Wawrinka and Federer stunned in Monte Carlo

UPDATED: Switzerland's Roger Federer joined defending title holder Stan Wawrinka as an upset victim at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday as the 2014 finalist lost 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) to France's Gael Monfils. READ  

Sotheby's to auction pricey jewels in Geneva
Sunrise Ruby: described as "pigeon's blood red". Photo: Sotheby's

Sotheby's to auction pricey jewels in Geneva

Sotheby's auction house is auctioning in Geneva an extremely rare and historically important pink diamond and an equally exceptional Burmese ruby next month, hoping to get up to $18 million for each. READ  

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett to hit Montreux
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett among this year's jazzfest stars. Photo: Montreux Jazz Festival

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett to hit Montreux

Lady Gaga and veteran crooner Tony Bennett are among the top entertainers unveiled on Thursday for this summer’s Montreux Jazz Festival. READ  

Exporters fear impact of rising franc on business
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Exporters fear impact of rising franc on business

With the franc again nearing parity with the euro, the mood of Swiss small and medium companies (SMEs) in the export business has never been as bad, a new report says. READ  

New book: Le Corbusier was 'out-and-out fascist'
Swiss-French architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier. Photo: AFP

New book: Le Corbusier was 'out-and-out fascist'

Revelations that one of the world's most famous modern architects, Switzerland's Le Corbusier, was a "fascist" with links to France's Second World War collaborationist Vichy regime have been published just ahead of a major Paris exhibition of his work. READ  

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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  

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

Top tips for finding an apartment in Switzerland
Waterfront apartments in Zurich. Photo: John Eckman

Top tips for finding an apartment in Switzerland

Housing in Switzerland is among the most expensive in the world and competition is fierce for affordable properties. It’s all very well if money isn’t an issue, but what if it is? The Local's Emily Rose Mawson investigates. READ  

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust
Gareth Knott: "Thankfully design is a universal language." Photo: Handout

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust

Switzerland’s job market is appealingly lucrative but sometimes anglophones need to be creative to find a job in a country where English is not an official language, as The Local's Emily Mawson finds out. READ  

Expat pens seismic novel about Haitian homeland
Writer Dimitry Elias Léger. Photo: The Local

Expat pens seismic novel about Haitian homeland

Geneva seems an unlikely place for author Dimitry Elias Léger to be writing about his native country of Haiti — but then again maybe not. READ  

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Somali exile in Lausanne seeks Olympic glory
Faisal Jeylani Aweys (right) interviewed at 2013 world taekwondo championship in Mexico 2013. Photo: Faisal Jeylani Aweys

Somali exile in Lausanne seeks Olympic glory

Faisal Jeylani Aweys has not seen his native Somalia since he fled 14 years ago, but he lives in hope of winning an Olympic medal for his war-torn country. READ  

Blast of summer set to be short lived: forecast
Weather map for Saturday: get out the umbrellas. Image: SwissMeteo

Blast of summer set to be short lived: forecast

Switzerland got a brief taste of summer on Wednesday with temperatures rising to the mid-20s in many parts of the country but the warm weather isn’t expected to last. READ  

Tax evasion dispute is 'behind us': Hollande
Hollande meets with Swiss cabinet ministers in Bern. Photo Karl-Heinz Hug/FDFA

Tax evasion dispute is 'behind us': Hollande

French President François Hollande said on Wednesday that a drawn-out tax evasion row with Switzerland "is behind us" as he launched a visit aimed at mending fences. READ  

Segways win approval for Swiss bike lanes
Segway tour in Washington, DC. Photo: Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz

Segways win approval for Swiss bike lanes

Electrically powered vehicles such as Segways and bike taxis can be legally used on bicycle lanes in Switzerland, starting in June. READ  

Bern pays damages for woman's death in US
Switzerland's embassy in Washington, DC. Photo: FDFA

Bern pays damages for woman's death in US

Switzerland says it has paid $1.7 million in compensation after a Swiss embassy driver, who once worked for the Gaddafi family, hit and killed a woman in Washington in 2011. READ  

Swiss return Brazil cash seized in crime probe
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Swiss return Brazil cash seized in crime probe

Switzerland is returning to Brazil $19.4 million seized after a probe into money laundering, the Attorney General's Office (OAG) said on Wednesday. READ  

Wawrinka starts Monte Carlo defence with win
Wawrinka (above) and Federer both advanced to the third round. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

Wawrinka starts Monte Carlo defence with win

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka kicked off the defence of his Monte Carlo Masters title on Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Argentine Juan Monaco to progress to the third round. READ  

Swiss Air Force to scrap ten faulty fighter planes
Tiger F-5E fighter plane. Photo: Swiss Air Force

Swiss Air Force to scrap ten faulty fighter planes

The Swiss Air Force is scrapping ten of its F-5 Tiger fighter planes after cracks were discovered in the bodies of the aircraft, the federal defence department said on Wednesday. READ  

Eight injured at Zurich snowman-burning event
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Eight injured at Zurich snowman-burning event

Zurich city police are investigating an accident caused by an exploding fire cracker that injured eight people, including an 11-year-old boy, following the burning of the Böögg snowman in a traditional ceremony to bid farewell to winter. READ  

France's Hollande poised for historic Swiss visit
Hollande in Cahors, France on Tuesday. Photo: Rémy Gabalda/Pool/AFP

France's Hollande poised for historic Swiss visit

French President François Hollande starts a two-day official visit to Switzerland on Wednesday in Bern for discussions on the environment, economic exchanges and EU policy, among other issues. READ  

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Austrian survives ten hours under avalanche
The rescue team. Photo: zeitungsfoto.at

Austrian survives ten hours under avalanche

An Austrian man survived being buried under a massive avalanche in Gschnitztal, Tyrol, for ten hours on Sunday. READ  

German to have quadruplets - at 65
Raunigk in 2005 surrounded by her kids, grandkids and holding her 13th baby. Photo: DPA

German to have quadruplets - at 65

A 65-year-old Berlin woman who already has 13 children is pregnant again with quadruplets, German media reported Sunday. READ  

Turkey angered by Copenhagen sculpture
Artists' illustration of how the sculpture will look when placed in Kultorvet. Photo: Invivia/Folkedrab100

Turkey angered by Copenhagen sculpture

Plans to install a sculpture commemorating the Armenian Genocide in one of Copenhagen's busiest squares have Turkish officials up in arms. READ  

Marbella tragedy
Teacher drowned trying to save deaf students

Teacher drowned trying to save deaf students

The Turkish teacher who drowned trying to save the lives of his deaf students off a Marbella beach on Monday was due to marry later this year, it has emerged. READ  

When French tourists behave badly abroad
A quokka in western Australia. Photo: OzinOH/Flickr

When French tourists behave badly abroad

As two French tourists are fined for burning a small Australian mammal, we take a look at some of the worst examples of the French misbehaving abroad - including orgies in Pompeii to near-naked dancing in Roman fountains... READ  

Italian woman gives birth ten days after abortion
Despite an ultrasound, the woman's gynecologist allegedly failed to realize the abortion had gone wrong. Ultrasound photo: Shutterstock

Italian woman gives birth ten days after abortion

A woman is taking her gynecologist to court after having to give birth to her dead fetus ten days after she thought she had gone through a successful abortion. READ  

Earthworms rain from sky over Norway
The mystery worms spotted lying on the snow by Karstein Erstad on Sunday. Photo: Karstein Erstad

Earthworms rain from sky over Norway

Earthworms have been raining down from heaven over large areas of southern Norway, leaving biologists and meteorologists scratching their heads. READ  

'Submarine' in Sweden was only civilian boat
Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad at a press conference after Sweden's October submarine hunt. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

'Submarine' in Sweden was only civilian boat

UPDATED: A suspected submarine spotted in the Stockholm archipelago a week after Sweden's extensive hunt for Russian underwater vessels last autumn was only a civilian boat, Sweden's Armed Forces have now said. But they remain convinced that the first sighting was a small foreign sub. READ  

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