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Wawrinka draws notice for leaving shorts behind
Wawrinka posing in his famous shorts with the French Open trophy last month. Photo: Pool/AFP

Wawrinka draws notice for leaving shorts behind

Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka got people talking about the unconventional plaid shorts he wore while winning this year’s French Open, but now he’s attracting attention for not wearing anything at all. READ  

Biogen announces billion-franc drugs plant
Aerial view of building site for Biogen plant. Photo: Canton of Solothurn

Biogen announces billion-franc drugs plant

Biogen, an international biotechnology company, announced on Tuesday plans to invest one billion francs ($1.06 billion) for a new drug manufacturing plant in Luterbach in the canton of Solothurn. READ  

Wimbledon 2015
Federer and Nadal brush aside Wimbledon heat
Switzerland's Roger Federer is seeking an eighth Wimbledon crown. Photo: AFP

Federer and Nadal brush aside Wimbledon heat

Seven-time champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 winner, raced into the Wimbledon second round Tuesday as the tournament sweltered in near record-breaking heat. READ  

Solar Impulse reaches quarter of way to Hawaii
Solar Impulse taking off from Nagoya. Photo: Jiji Press Japan/AFP

Solar Impulse reaches quarter of way to Hawaii

A Swiss solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight was high above the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, over a quarter of the way to Hawaii after leaving Japan, the mission website showed. READ  

Geneva beer the world's most expensive: survey
Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Geneva beer the world's most expensive: survey

Just as Switzerland steels for a heatwave this week comes news that beer, a favourite beverage for slaking thirsts in hot times, is the most expensive in the world in the country’s second biggest city. READ  

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated
Bathers swimming in the Rhine River in Basel, expected to be one of the hottest places in the country. Photo: Basel Tourismus

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated

Switzerland is preparing for the most intense heatwave in almost 12 years with weather experts predicting high temperatures above 35C for the first eight to ten days of July. READ  

Wimbledon 2015
Wawrinka advances after Sousa win in three sets
Wawrinka my be fourth-ranked but doesn't seem himself among 'Big Four'. Photo: AFP/File

Wawrinka advances after Sousa win in three sets

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka reached the Wimbledon second round on Monday after a 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) win over Portugal's Joao Sousa. READ  

Lucerne school prof sets himself on fire and dies
Landsberg campus of KV school. Photo: KV

Lucerne school prof sets himself on fire and dies

A 56-year-old man who used to teach at a vocational training school in the canton of Lucerne is suspected of committing suicide by setting fire to himself in the school early on Monday, police said. READ  

Greece crisis
Swiss stock market drops on Grexit worries
Photo: SIX Swiss Exchange

Swiss stock market drops on Grexit worries

The Swiss stock market plunged in early morning trading on Monday, mirroring the reaction of Asian and other European bourses to the Greek decision announced a day earlier to close banks and introduce capital controls. READ  

Solar Impulse heads to Hawaii as weather clears
Photo: AFP

Solar Impulse heads to Hawaii as weather clears

Switzerland's revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off early on Monday for a flight over the Pacific Ocean, a spokeswoman said, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun. READ  

Features
Veggie lovers challenge Swiss eating habits
Photo: Tibits

Veggie lovers challenge Swiss eating habits

The Swiss are known for being hardcore meat eaters but traditions are slowly changing thanks to increased health consciousness and the growing influence of expats. READ  

Summer fun keeping Swiss mountains tidy
Collecting litter at Verbier in the canton of Valais. Photo: Summit Foundation

Summer fun keeping Swiss mountains tidy

Switzerland has a reputation for cleanliness but littering is still a problem, particularly in ski areas. As the snow melts to reveal the rubbish left by winter visitors, resorts are inviting skiers to return in summer to help tidy up the slopes. The Local's Caroline Bishop lifts the cover on what's happening. READ  

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  

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'Ramadan faster' drowns off Lake Geneva beach
Lake Geneva shoreline at Rolle. Photo: Tourisme Rolle

'Ramadan faster' drowns off Lake Geneva beach

A 35-year-old Moroccan man reportedly fasting for Ramadan drowned in Lake Geneva on Sunday, near a beach in Rolle in the canton of Vaud, as Switzerland braces for another heat wave. READ  

Wimbledon 2015
Bencic seeks Eastbourne bounce at Wimbledon
Photo: AFP

Bencic seeks Eastbourne bounce at Wimbledon

Swiss teenage sensation Belinda Bencic will be looking on Monday for a bounce from her weekend victory at the Eastbourne International tournament in England as she plays in the first round of Wimbledon. READ  

Greece crisis
Europe's tourists urged to take cash to Greece
People line up to withdraw cash from an ATM outside a Piraeus Bank branch on the island of Crete, Greece. Photo: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Europe's tourists urged to take cash to Greece

UPDATED: European nations on Sunday told their nationals to carry cash with them when vacationing in Greece as the country hurtles towards a banking crisis. READ  

Wimbledon 2015
Federer revved up for Wimbledon record bid
Federer on his way to winning the Halle event in Germany last weekend. Photo: Maja Hitij/DPA/AFP

Federer revved up for Wimbledon record bid

Roger Federer says he is in the perfect condition to win Wimbledon for a record eighth time as the Swiss great bids to avenge last year's "heart-breaking" final defeat. READ  

Fifa corruption scandal
Blatter 'not a candidate but elected president'
FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Photo: Valeriano Di Domenico/AFP

Blatter 'not a candidate but elected president'

Sepp Blatter will not stand again for the FIFA presidency, he told a Swiss newspaper, but insisted he remained in charge of world football's governing body. READ  

Fifa corruption scandal
Fifa official to remain in custody: Swiss court
Photo: AFP

Fifa official to remain in custody: Swiss court

A Swiss court has rejected an appeal filed by one of seven football officials arrested in Zurich last month demanding that he be released from custody pending extradition proceedings. READ  

Glencore's Congo mine acquisition raises issues
Photo: AFP

Glencore's Congo mine acquisition raises issues

The Carter Center Friday called on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to reveal the terms under which a state firm sold a mining concession to a subsidiary of Swiss group Glencore. READ  

Crane collapses on apartment building
Photo: Zurich cantonal police

Crane collapses on apartment building

One man was injured and more than one million francs’ ($1.07 million) worth of damage resulted from the collapse of a building crane near Zurich on Thursday, police said. READ  

Refugee jailed for killing wine merchant with log
Zofingen asylum centre. Photo: PS/Zofingen-Uerkheim-Brittnau

Refugee jailed for killing wine merchant with log

A Moroccan asylum seeker who used a log to beat a 63-year-old Swiss wine merchant to death has been sentenced to 18 years in prison by a court in the canton of Aargau. READ  

Bern extraditing war crimes suspect to Bosnia
Naser Oric: set to be sent to his home country. Photo: AFP/File

Bern extraditing war crimes suspect to Bosnia

Switzerland on Thursday authorized the extradition of former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric to Bosnia rather than Serbia, which had issued the war crimes warrant for his arrest. READ  

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Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal
Inge Rauscher. Photo: Johannes Kernmayer

Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal

Opponents of Austria’s EU membership have started a petition for withdrawal from the union, which citizens can sign until July 1st. READ  

Germans say US doesn't respect freedom: poll
Photo: DPA.

Germans say US doesn't respect freedom: poll

Germans are more negative about the United States than the rest of Europe, but still largely support Americans' efforts to fight Isis, according to a new poll. READ  

Danish theme park rejects racism charge
The "Hottentot Carousel" at Djurs Sommerland. Photo: Everyday Racism Project DK

Danish theme park rejects racism charge

A 20-year-old attraction in Djurs Sommerland suddenly became a hot topic this week after a group accused it of being racist and many others rushed to defend it. READ  

Unvaccinated boy dies from diptheria in Spain
Electron microscope image of the bacterium that causes diphtheria. Photo: Sanofi Pasteur / Flickr

Unvaccinated boy dies from diptheria in Spain

A six-year-old boy from Catalonia, whose parents chose not to have him vaccinated, has died, almost a month after he became the first child to contract diphtheria in Spain in almost 30 years. READ  

US embassy in Paris is 'home to secret spy nest'
The American embassy in Paris. Home to a secret roof top spying station, if claims are to be believed. Photo: AFP

US embassy in Paris is 'home to secret spy nest'

Reports in France suggest the US spied on French presidents from a secret spy nest on the roof of its embassy in Paris, which stands just a stone's throw from the Elysée palace. READ  

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel
An Italian ambulance. Photo: Davide Oliva

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel

An ambulance driver in Lazio has been hailed a hero after safely transporting an elderly woman to hospital while himself suffering a heart attack at the wheel. READ  

Norway to let 7-yr-olds change gender
John Jeanette Solstad Remo, one of Norway's foremost transgender rights campaigners. Photo: Amnesty International

Norway to let 7-yr-olds change gender

Children as young as seven would be allowed to change their legal gender under a bill proposed by Norway’s government on Thursday, bringing it one of the lowest ages for transgender rights anywhere in the world. READ  

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'
Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'

Claims that thousands of Russian soldiers took part in a huge military exercise which simulated a takeover of the Swedish island of Gotland earlier this year have caused jitters in Sweden. READ  

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