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Google named most attractive Swiss employer
Google's Zurich offices include places to relax and "play". Photo: Google

Google named most attractive Swiss employer

Google is the most most attractive employer in Switzerland for 2015, according to a second annual survey conducted by human resources consultants Randstad. READ  

Transocean's CEO best paid despite firm's woes
Steve Newman: best-paid CEO in Switzerland last year. Photo: AFP

Transocean's CEO best paid despite firm's woes

Steve Newman, president and CEO of Transocean, was the best paid executive in Switzerland last year with compensation of 14.2 million francs ($14.7 million), despite having to quit the company this year in the wake of massive losses, a new report says. READ  

Teen admits to killing father in canton of Zurich
Photo: Zurich cantonal police

Teen admits to killing father in canton of Zurich

UPDATED: A 19-year-old man has admitted to killing his father, reportedly a former newspaper editor, in the apartment they shared in Pfäffikon in the canton of Zurich, police said on Wednesday. READ  

CERN poised to restart particle accelerator
A section of the Large Hadron Collider. Photo: CERN

CERN poised to restart particle accelerator

Physicists in Geneva have fixed a short-circuit at the world's largest proton smasher, making the particle-hunting machine ready for a restart "within days' time" after a two-year shutdown. READ  

April Fools' Day
April Fool: The Local's collection of gags
Were you fooled into believing that Switzerland was bringing back the bicycle infantry in the Swiss Army? Photo: Rasbak/Wikimedia Commons

April Fool: The Local's collection of gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. Now it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings. READ  

Immigration remains 'top issue' of Swiss voters
Anti-immigration poster. Photo: AFP

Immigration remains 'top issue' of Swiss voters

Immigration and integration of foreigners remain the biggest concern of Swiss voters, according to a survey conducted for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation six months ahead of national elections. READ  

Talks on Iran's nuclear future head into overtime
TV crews set up outside Beau-Rivage Palace hotel in Lausanne on Wednesday as talks continued. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Talks on Iran's nuclear future head into overtime

Russia and Iran claimed a breakthrough in Lausanne talks on a framework deal cutting back Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US denied everything had been agreed as discussions were due to resume Wednesday. READ  

Niklas sweeps through northern Switzerland
Tree blown down by storm halts train in Lower Saxony, Germany. Photo: DPA

Niklas sweeps through northern Switzerland

UPDATED: Vestiges of Hurricane Niklas swept through northern Switzerland and parts of the Alps on Tuesday, uprooting trees, damaging buildings, blowing down signs and causing the death of one motorist and at least a dozen injuries, according to media reports. READ  

Yemen Red Cross worker dies amid safety worries
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Yemen Red Cross worker dies amid safety worries

The Geneva-based Red Cross said on Tuesday that one of its volunteers was killed in Yemen, adding that it could not fly in desperately-needed aid due to a lack of security. READ  

Lausanne talks aim to set Iran's nuclear future
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Lausanne talks aim to set Iran's nuclear future

Global powers were racing in Lausanne on Tuesday to reach the outlines of a deal to stop any Iranian bid to develop nuclear weapons. Here's a guide to what kind of agreement may be reached: 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  

Swiss put wink-activated telescopes in contacts
The thin, reflective telescopes are activiated by winking. Photo: Andy Simmons

Swiss put wink-activated telescopes in contacts

Swiss researchers are developing contact lenses that contain tiny telescopes to boost vision and zoom in and out with the wink of an eye. 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  

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Orange set to ditch name in rebranding exercise

Orange set to ditch name in rebranding exercise

Orange, Switzerland’s third-ranked telecom company, announced on Tuesday that it is changing its name under a rebranding exercise likely to cost tens of millions of francs as it scrambles to catch up to its competitors, market leader Swisscom and Sunrise. READ  

Zurich ranks first among Europe's 'sootfree cities'
Cycling is one of the alternative forms of transportation promoted in Zurich. Photo: City of Zurich

Zurich ranks first among Europe's 'sootfree cities'

The city of Zurich ranks first among 23 major European cities for its efforts to fight air pollution, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) said on Tuesday. READ  

Weather in China slows Solar Impulse's progress
Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Weather in China slows Solar Impulse's progress

Solar Impulse 2 landed early Tuesday in China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, as the Swiss aircraft completed the fifth leg of its landmark circumnavigation of the globe powered solely by the sun. READ  

US hits Ticino bank with $211-million penalty
Photo: BSI

US hits Ticino bank with $211-million penalty

Lugano-based bank BSI will pay a $211 million penalty after acknowledging it helped clients create sham identities to evade American taxes, the US Justice Department announced on Monday. READ  

Three jailed for beating Spanish DJ to death
Rhône River at Saint Maurice. Photo: Flobert/Wikimedia Commons

Three jailed for beating Spanish DJ to death

Three foreigners in their 20s are in jail after being convicted of killing a 37-year-old Spanish DJ in the town of Saint Maurice in the canton of Valais more than two years ago. READ  

Mid-air plane refuelling 'could slash costs'
Rendering of "feeder aircraft" docking with larger aircraft. Photo: cruiser-feeder.eu

Mid-air plane refuelling 'could slash costs'

A system for re-fuelling passenger planes mid-air could slash the amount of kerosene needed for a long haul flight by nearly a quarter, Swiss researchers said on Monday. READ  

Crane-climbing stunt flags 'roofer' concerns
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Crane-climbing stunt flags 'roofer' concerns

A fifteen-year-old boy who illegally climbed a 135-metre high construction crane in Zurich has raised concerns about a new craze for scaling tall buildings and structures. READ  

Iran journo at Lausanne talks seeks Swiss asylum
Secretary of State John Kerry and other US officials meeting with Iran's Foreign MInister Javad Zarif and associates on Sunday. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP

Iran journo at Lausanne talks seeks Swiss asylum

In the margins of intense talks in Lausanne to reach a deal over Iran’s nuclear future over the weekend an Iranian journalist took advantage of the situation to file a request for asylum in Switzerland, media reports said. READ  

Fewer foreigners buy Swiss holiday homes
Photo: Mirko Grifoni

Fewer foreigners buy Swiss holiday homes

Fewer foreigners are buying apartments in Switzerland as secondary residences, according to new federal government figures. READ  

Dufry to buy Italy's WDF to create duty-free giant

Dufry to buy Italy's WDF to create duty-free giant

Switzerland's Dufry group will acquire a majority stake in chief rival World Duty Free (WDF) in a $3.8 billion (3.6-million-euro) deal to create the biggest travel retailer in the world. READ  

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April Fool's Day
April Fool! The Local's day in gags
In Austria we had you fooled that the government had proposed a hike in sales tax for garden gnomes. Photo: Shutterstock

April Fool! The Local's day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral
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Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral

A Facebook post describing how a Germanwings pilot personally reassured his passengers of their safety on a flight on Wednesday has received over quarter of a million likes. READ  

April Fools' Day
April Fool! The Local's day in gags
In Denmark we had you fooled that the country was introducing English as an official language. Photo: Claus Fisker/Scanpix

April Fool! The Local's day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings. READ  

Alps plane crash
No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'
Photo: AFP

No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'

Claudia Vásquez was meant to be on board doomed Germanwings flight 4U9525 but a twist of fate meant that she is alive today. READ  

Studying in France: what you need to know
France is home to 300,000 foreign students. Photo: Simone Ramella/Flickr

Studying in France: what you need to know

France is one of the most popular study destinations in the world, with nearly 300,000 foreign students. Relatively low tuition fees and the chance to live in France are certainly appealing, but France’s confusing higher education system can be frustrating to navigate. READ  

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate
Hot chocolate photo: Shutterstock

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate

All she wanted was to serve her loved ones a tasty drink. But a grandmother from Vicenza is in a spot of bother after three children and an adult fell ill after she gave them hot chocolate that was 25 years out of date. READ  

April Fools' Day
April Fool! The Local's day in gags
In Norway we had you fooled that reindeer had become 'Norway's new salmon'. Photo: M.prinke/Flickr

April Fool! The Local's day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings. READ  

Swedish council outlaws elephants in town centre
Elephants may no longer roam Kalmar's streets. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/SCANPIX

Swedish council outlaws elephants in town centre

You would not normally associate elephants with Sweden. But one town in the Nordic country has decided that it's better to be safe than sorry – so it has created a new bylaw forbidding elephants from parading its streets. READ  

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