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Gecko found in chard bought at Aargau store
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Gecko found in chard bought at Aargau store

A woman who bought chard at a Migros supermarket in the canton of Aargau got an unexpected surprise when she got home and unwrapped it to discover a gecko hiding amid the foliage. READ  

Village and canton gain massive mystery windfall
Vineyard in Anières. Photo: Babsy/Wikimedia Commons

Village and canton gain massive mystery windfall

A village in the canton of Geneva and the cantonal government are struggling to decide what to do with unexpected windfall revenues totalling 520 million francs ($538 million) from taxes levied on a mysterious transfer of assets. READ  

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Silicon Valley swerves into automakers' lane
Smartphone captures image of hostess at Geneva Motor Show. Photo: Richard Juilliart/AFP

Silicon Valley swerves into automakers' lane

It could be the battle of the titans. READ  

Manor department store chain to cut 150 jobs
Photo: Roland Zumbühl

Manor department store chain to cut 150 jobs

Manor, Switzerland’s biggest department store chain, is laying off 150 people in administration at its Basel headquarters after posting disappointing results for 2014. READ  

Franc makes Zurich and Geneva 'costliest cities'
Zurich by night: costly but high quality of life, too. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Franc makes Zurich and Geneva 'costliest cities'

UPDATED: Residents of Zurich and Geneva already know their cities are costly places to live — but now they have more proof. READ  

US and Iran resume nuclear talks in Montreux
Kerry walks with aide to meeting in Montreux on Wednesday. Photo: Evan Vucci/Pool/AFP

US and Iran resume nuclear talks in Montreux

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart on Wednesday resumed talks in Montreux on a nuclear deal, ignoring an impassioned plea from the Israeli prime minister to ditch the process. READ  

Deal reached to enact holiday home curbs
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Deal reached to enact holiday home curbs

Two years after Swiss citizens voted to curb real estate development in the Alps, politicians have reached a compromise with environmentalists on legislation to finally put the restrictions into effect. READ  

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Car makers seek sweet smell of success
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Car makers seek sweet smell of success

Fragrance alone may not sell cars, but automakers are turning on their olfactory charm to try to sweeten the appeal and distinction of their vehicles. READ  

Town employees' work week upped in 'solidarity'
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Town employees' work week upped in 'solidarity'

Municipal workers in a small town in the canton of Saint Gallen have been ordered to work longer hours for no extra pay in “solidarity” with Swiss businesses coping with the strong franc. READ  

Glencore in black despite low commodity prices
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Glencore in black despite low commodity prices

Swiss mining and commodities giant Glencore was back in the black in 2014, posting a $2.3 billion net profit, but took a $1.1 billion impairment charge on dwindling commodity prices, it said on Tuesday. READ  

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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  

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  

Multiple Swiss sites finally rid of tons of TNT
Bad Seckingen covered bridge over the Rhine river in Stein: loaded with explosives. Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP

Multiple Swiss sites finally rid of tons of TNT

The Cold War finally came to an end in Switzerland late last year, without a bang. READ  

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope
Photo: David Geisser

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope

Although better known today for their colourful uniforms than their centuries-old reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards remain a powerful symbol of the Vatican. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes.
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Optimism stokes this year's Geneva car show
Journalists thronging car show. Photo: Geneva International Motor Show

Optimism stokes this year's Geneva car show

Out with the gloom, in with the boom: sleek luxury sports coupes, high-end SUVs and nifty little city cars were bumper-to-bumper as the Geneva International Motor Show opened to the media on Tuesday. READ  

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SwissBenefits: ‘I try to build bridges for expats’
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SwissBenefits: ‘I try to build bridges for expats’

Switzerland was recently voted the best place in the world for expats, but lots of paperwork and complex procedures can keep expats on their toes. The Local spoke with SwissBenefits, a consulting company aiming to streamline the process. READ  

Swiss economy beats forecasts for 2014
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Swiss economy beats forecasts for 2014

The Swiss economy grew by two percent in 2014, up from 1.9 percent in the previous year, according to initial figures released by Bern on Tuesday. READ  

Kerry warns Israelis against 'betraying trust'
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for a new round of nuclear talks in Montreux. Photo: AFP

Kerry warns Israelis against 'betraying trust'

US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva on Monday warned Israel's prime minister against revealing details of an emerging Iran nuclear deal on the eve of the Israeli leader's speech to the US Congress. READ  

Swiss deport Thai boxing champ and murderer
Photo: Zurich cantonal police

Swiss deport Thai boxing champ and murderer

Bashkim Berisha, the former Swiss junior Thai boxing champion sentenced to 14 years in jail for killing a motorist in a dispute over a parking spot, has been deported to his native country of Kosovo, according to a media report. READ  

Bank fines no longer tax deductible under new bill
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Bank fines no longer tax deductible under new bill

The Swiss lower house of parliament has approved a bill that would prevent banks from being able to continue deducting fines for wrongdoing from their taxable income. READ  

Rental housing reference rate stays unchanged
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Rental housing reference rate stays unchanged

The rental housing reference rate — a key indicator in Switzerland for determining whether apartment rents rise or fall — remains unchanged for the next three months but it should drop in June, authorities said on Monday. READ  

Solar Impulse nears round-the-world takeoff
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Solar Impulse nears round-the-world takeoff

Switzerland's Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane, made its third successful test flight in the United Arab Emirates on Monday ahead of a planned round-the-world tour to promote alternative energy. READ  

Zurich police probe killing of 'bouncer'
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Zurich police probe killing of 'bouncer'

Zurich city police are seeking witnesses after a 30-year-old man from Montenegro died of 11 gunshot wounds early on Sunday. READ  

Kerry and Lavrov meet in Geneva over Ukraine
An instructor of the Ukrainian volunteer Azov Battalion conducts training exercises for the civilian population in Kiev on Sunday. Photo: Yury Kirnichny/AFP

Kerry and Lavrov meet in Geneva over Ukraine

UPDATED: US Secretary of State John Kerry began tough talks in Geneva on Monday with his Russian counterpart to end fighting in Ukraine, where the UN says the death toll has soared beyond 6,000 people in less than a year. READ  

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UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case
Simon Bacher. Photo: Sue Bacher

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape. READ  

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine
Edathy in court on Monday. Photo: DPA

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine

A court has decided to fine former MP Sebastian Edathy €5,000 after he admitted on Monday to downloading child pornography images and video onto his official parliamentary laptop. READ  

Denmark may introduce porn to public schools
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Denmark may introduce porn to public schools

A sexology professor is calling on schools to show students porn so that they can learn to tell the difference between real-life sex and what they see in online films. READ  

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory
Anna Allen appearing on Spanish programme, Pasapalabra. Screen grab: YouTube/bogo xoer.

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory

The invented life of a Spanish actress has been revealed after Spanish media discovered she had not actually attended the Oscars, but used Photoshop to place herself on the red carpet. READ  

Paris is pricey, but is that good news for Parisians?
Paris is pricey but it's not all bad news. Photo: AFP

Paris is pricey, but is that good news for Parisians?

Paris has once again been named the world’s second most expensive city in a global study this week, meaning it's pricier than the likes of Oslo, Zurich and Sydney. But those behind the report say it's not all bad news for people living in the French capital. READ  

Impressive facts about Rome you didn't know
Rome has hundreds and hundreds of churches. Rome photo: Shutterstock

Impressive facts about Rome you didn't know

You might know all about the Colosseum or a trick or two about an ancient emperor, but there are certainly some impressive facts about Rome you don't know. Guides from tour company Mekomy reveal their secrets about the Italian capital. READ  

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty
Norwegian Chairman Bjørn Kise grilled by press ahead of Monday's emergency board meeting. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty

Norway’s pilot unions were braced on Monday for Norwegian Air Shuttle to bankrupt its local subsidiary in a strategy they decried as “outrageous union-busting”. READ  

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students
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Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students

A secondary school in Malmö has been closed after the teachers' union declared that it is too dangerous a place for students and teachers to attend due to widespread violence and criminality. READ  

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