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Navigation error ends badly for Basel driver

A man accidentally drove his car down a flight of steps after his passenger directed him the wrong way.

Blatter 'confident' as he faces Swiss sports court
Sepp Blatter. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Former Fifa boss Sepp Blatter is back in court on Thursday as he seeks to overturn a six-year ban from football.

Federer teams up with Nadal for new tennis tournament
Federer and Nadal at the Laver Cup launch with Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. Photo: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images North America/AFP

The duo will play doubles together in a new competition pitting Europe against the rest of the world in a tennis team event.

Geneva advises teachers on religion in school
File photo: C Carlstead

The secular canton of Geneva has issued guidelines for teachers on how to deal with religious issues in the classroom.

All you need to know about Switzerland’s strangest sports
Swiss wrestling is the main event at the Eidgenössische. Photo: Ulrich Ackermann/Swiss Tourism

The Local takes a closer look at the unique Swiss sports that are the highlight of the Fédérale, or Eidgenössische, festival this weekend.

Basel woman tied up and robbed in own home
Basel city. File photo: Michelle Kinsey Bruns

The victim was attacked by three burglars in her home in broad daylight.

Swiss sports court upholds Russia ban from Paralympics
Head of Russia's Paralympic Committee Vladimir Lukin. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Russia has lost an appeal against a suspension issued over a vast, state-run doping programme.

Swiss Post trials robot parcel deliveries in Bern
The robots are designed to carry out local deliveries autonomously. Photo: Starship

Robots will be seen on the streets of the Swiss capital next month.

 Mia and Noah are top Swiss baby names – again
File photo: Robert Valencia

Name choices have varied little over the past few years.

Valais battles to save famous apricots from fruit fly
Apricots are a symbol of the Valais. Photo: Valais Tourism

The suzukii fruit fly has destroyed up to 20 percent of this year’s luizet apricots.

Features
Amputee's Swiss trek 'makes it more possible' for others
Photo: Neil Heritage/Endeavour Fund

After losing his legs in a suicide bomb in 2004, ex-soldier Neil Heritage will climb the Matterhorn this month.

10 great apps for exploring Switzerland this summer
Find a Swiss beach with the BeachGuide app. Photo: C Sonderegger/Swiss Tourism

Download these free apps to make your Swiss trip go swimmingly.

14 mistakes foreigners make on moving to Switzerland
Swiss habits take time to get to know. Photo: Chris Murphy

Did you make any of these common errors when you arrived?

Start-ups: How to do business like the Swiss
File photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

An American expat talks to The Local about the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur in Switzerland.

Love
Dating in Switzerland: what you need to know
File photo: Tammy McGary

Looking for your perfect match in Switzerland? The Local uncovers some quirks of the Swiss dating scene.

More news
US approves Chinese mega deal with Swiss company
The chairmans of ChemChina and Syngenta met in February to discuss the deal. Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP

ChemChina's takeover of Syngenta would be by far the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm.

Germany bolsters Swiss border against refugees
Ther Swiss-German border at Kreuzlingen. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The number of refugees trying to enter Germany through Switzerland has risen significantly in 2016.

Rio 2016
In pictures: final day success takes Swiss to seven medals
Nino Schurter wins Switzerland's third gold of Rio 2016. Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Nino Schurter takes mountain biking gold on the last day of competition.

Brexit
Survey: Swiss optimistic about Brexit effect
Many Swiss reportedly now see Britain as an ally. Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

Most Swiss now think Brexit will have a positive effect on Switzerland, according to a new survey.

Refugee stabbed and killed at asylum centre
The victims were treated at Aarau hospital, near to the accommodation centre. Photo: Aarau hospital

A 43-year-old died after he was stabbed by another asylum seeker.

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Austrian scratches 1,000 cars around Styria
Photo: Tobias Toft/Creative Common

Austrian police say they are unable to do anything to stop a woman from continuing to scratch cars in Syria.

Stockpile food in case of attack, Germany tells citizens
Photo: DPA

Germany on Wednesday urged its population to stockpile food and water in case of terrorist or cyber attacks, as it adopted its first civil defence strategy since the end of the Cold War.

Per capita, Denmark is Europe’s Olympic champ
Swimmer Pernille Blume's gold and bronze medals were two of the 15 won by Denmark. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

Only four countries in the world had a better per capita medal haul than Denmark.

Travel
Off the beaten track: 14 best kept travel secrets in Spain
Spain has some amazing spots like Las Medulas gold mine. Photo: Jonathan Pincas/Flickr

Spain has so much to see off the beaten track so why not take the road less travelled and discover a few hidden gems?

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Survey: Swiss optimistic about Brexit effect
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Why you should attend an international job fair
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Amputee's Matterhorn trek 'makes it more possible' for others
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Switzerland tops global innovation table – again
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Asylum centre plans shelved after Swiss village protests
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Jordan: where history meets adventure
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Politics
Neuchâtel looks to boost rights for foreigners
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Sport
In pictures: final day success takes Swiss to seven medals
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Experts debate rail security following Swiss train attack
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Sport
Two basejumpers die in Lauterbrunnen accidents
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International
Amnesty fears for child migrants at Italian border
Photo: AXA Winterthur
National
Report: Geneva is Swiss capital of car theft
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Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP
National
Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Switzerland
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Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
File photo: Andrew Turner
Technology
Swiss start-up to offer drone service to farmers
Photo: Beat Strasser
National
British quadruple amputee summits Matterhorn
Photo: Judit Klein
National
Switzerland sees rise in child victims of forced marriage
Photo: Michael Schlick/OS Muhr
National
Swiss hiker in Austria rescued after sending SOS to America
Photo: Chris Murphy
Features
14 mistakes foreigners make on moving to Switzerland
Photo: AFP
Lifestyle
Swiss resort unveils huge ‘natural’ fresco on mountain
Photo: C Sonderegger/Swiss Tourism
National
Five great Swiss traditions all expats should try
Photo: AFP
National
Confirmed cases of Zika virus soar in Switzerland
Photo: eGuide Travel
National
Prison for woman who faked Swiss airport bomb threat
Photo: AFP
Technology
Swiss solar plane completes epic round-the-world trip
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Study: a fifth of Swiss spy on neighbours
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Switzerland mulls alarm text message service
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