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Court sides with chickens in dispute over noisy henhouse
File photo: Stuart Richards

Court orders a man to pay more than 36,000 francs ($36,600) in court costs after it rejected his complaint that his neighbours’ chickens made too much noise.

Pilot of crashed Swiss jet confirmed dead
The Swiss jet was an F/A-18 Hornet. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The 27-year-old's remains are found at the crash site.

17-year-old dies from injuries after Salez train attack
The attack happened on a Südostbahn (SOB) train on August 13th. Photo: AFP photo/newspictures.ch/Beat Kaelin

Teenager is the second victim to die in the attack, which also killed the perpetrator.

Chewbacca stolen in ‘terrorist attack’ on Swiss hair salon
There's now only one Chewbacca in the salon's window display. Photo: Coiffure X

Reward posted after masked man kidnaps giant cut-out of Star Wars character.

Swiss prisons fear drone deliveries to inmates
File photo: Nicolas Tucat/AFP

Could drones be used to deliver weapons to prisoners?

United Nations weighs in on burqini ban debate
A London demonstration against the burqini ban. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP

Burqini bans "fuel religious intolerance" says a UN spokesman.

Record numbers sign up for Swiss Erasmus replacement
File photo: Francisco Osorio

More people than ever are taking part in Switzerland’s study abroad scheme, despite the fact the country is no longer a full member of the EU’s Erasmus programme.

 Italian basejumper 'live streamed own death'
Basejumpers typically wear wingsuits to leap from cliffs. File photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP

A wingsuit flyer who jumped to his death in Switzerland last week reportedly broadcast the tragedy live on Facebook.

Why Switzerland is getting worse for expats
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Switzerland plunges 17 places in a global survey of expat life.

Swiss company's Zika test to be used in US
File photo: AFP

US regulators issue emergency authorization to use Roche's not-yet-approved diagnostic test for detecting the Zika virus.

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.

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Rising tensions spark rise in violence at asylum centres
Bags at a refugee centre in Switzerland. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Frustrations are spilling over in refugee centres in Switzerland causing an increasing number of confrontations between residents, according to reports.

Survey: majority of Swiss in favour of burqa ban
Photo: Antoine Taveneaux

More than 70 percent of Swiss want to see a ban on the burqa across Switzerland

Foreigners in Switzerland surpass 2 million mark
International flags outside the UN in Geneva. Photo: Martial Trezzini/AFP

For the first time, there are now more than two million foreigners living in Switzerland.

Geneva runs out of permits for non-EU workers
File photo: The Local

Canton complains to the federal government after it reduced the number of permits available to third state workers.

Scorchio! Late August heat breaks record in Geneva
Lake Geneva on Thursday. Photo: The Local

The mercury in Geneva hit 33.3 degrees, a record for the final week in August.

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Police bitten and kicked by tourist in Salzburg
Wikimedia/Joachim Köhler

Police spat, bitten, and kicked at by a tourist in Salzburg.

Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
File photo: DPA

When a man swimming naked in a Bavarian lake felt a strange pain in his nether regions, he looked up to see a fisherman on the shore. "Don’t pull!" he shouted.

Expats: Denmark 'world's worst' for making friends
68 percent of expats in Denmark said they had difficulty making local friends. Photo: Iris/Scanpix

UPDATED: Denmark is one of the hardest countries to settle in to as a foreigners, according to a new survey.

The ten commandments for expats living in Spain
Sometimes you just need to throw yourself into the local culture. Photo: AFP

Irish expat Carol Byrne outlines the ten golden rules you will need to follow to be a happy expat in Spain.

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