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Glider pilot dies in Swiss junior championships
Glider (not the one involved in the crash) prepares to land. Photo: Paul Haliday

Glider pilot dies in Swiss junior championships

A 25-year-old man died after the glider he was piloting in a competition crashed in the municipality of Klosters in the canton of Graubünden, police said on Thursday. READ  

Solar Impulse pilot fights fatigue close to Hawaii
Photo: Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse pilot fights fatigue close to Hawaii

A Swiss solar-powered aircraft flying from Japan to Hawaii on the most perilous leg of a round-the-globe bid has beaten the record for the longest solo flight, the project's team said on Thursday. READ  

Wimbledon 2015
Federer eases past Querrey into third round
Photo: AFP

Federer eases past Querrey into third round

Former champions Roger Federer and Andy Murray swept into the Wimbledon third round on Thursday as a fourth player from the women's top ten tumbled out of the tournament. READ  

Railway posts 'how-to' toilet signs for tourists

Railway posts 'how-to' toilet signs for tourists

Fed up with having to clean up messes in the public toilets, the operators of the Mount Rigi cogwheel railway in central Switzerland have installed pictogram signs showing the right and wrong way to use the facilities as part of an information campaign. READ  

Fifa corruption scandal
US formally seeks Fifa officials' extradition
Fifa headquarters in Zurich. Photo: AFP

US formally seeks Fifa officials' extradition

Bern said on Thursday the United States had formally requested the extradition of seven Fifa officials arrested in Zurich last month in a wide-ranging probe into corruption in football's top body. READ  

Dig uncovers largest Swiss dinosaur skeleton
Existing display of a plateosaurus at the Frick Dinosaur Museum. Photo: Sauriermuseum Frick

Dig uncovers largest Swiss dinosaur skeleton

Researchers have found the largest dinosaur skeleton in Switzerland on a site in the canton of Aargau's Frick Valley, known for similar discoveries. READ  

Wimbledon 2015
Wawrinka beats Estrella to reach third round
Photo: AFP/File

Wawrinka beats Estrella to reach third round

Fourth seeded Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka reached the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 win over the Dominican Republic's Victor Estrella. READ  

Switzerland's Ace to gobble US rival Chubb
Photo: Ace

Switzerland's Ace to gobble US rival Chubb

Swiss insurer Ace Ltd. announced Wednesday it is buying US rival Chubb in a $28.3 billion cash and stock deal that will create a dominant player in property and casualty insurance. READ  

Danger alerts extended as heatwave takes hold
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Danger alerts extended as heatwave takes hold

A mass of warm air originating from Spain and North Africa ignited torrid temperatures across Western Switzerland on Wednesday, shattering records as MeteoSwiss, the national weather office, extended danger alerts for most of the country. READ  

US seeks $3.3 billion for Novartis 'kickbacks'
Photo: AFP

US seeks $3.3 billion for Novartis 'kickbacks'

American authorities are seeking up to $3.3 billion in fines from Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis on allegations it paid kickbacks to boost drug sales, according to a document AFP consulted on Wednesday. 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  

More News
Solar Impulse passes halfway mark to Hawaii
Photo: Solar Impulse/Facebook

Solar Impulse passes halfway mark to Hawaii

The Swiss solar-powered aircraft flying between Japan and Hawaii as part of a round-the-world bid passed the halfway point of the perilous Pacific Ocean crossing Wednesday, and broke its own endurance record. READ  

Basel architects design 'Triangle Tower' in Paris
Swiss architects' controversial design for 'Triangle Tower' in Paris. Photo: AFP

Basel architects design 'Triangle Tower' in Paris

Basel-based architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron earned another feather in its cap this week when the city of Paris narrowly approved a 180-metre high pyramid skyscraper that it designed. READ  

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Crans-Montana: International expat hub
Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Photo: Olivier Maire

Crans-Montana: International expat hub

Nestled high up in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Crans-Montana offers stunning panoramas of sky-high mountains and serene lakes. But it's more than a resort - it's home to the next generation of expats in Switzerland. READ  

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  

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  

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  

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Teacher kills rabbits in front of class
File photo: Larry D. Moore/Wikimedia

Teacher kills rabbits in front of class

Outraged parents and students from Horn, Lower Austria have called for a secondary school teacher to be sacked after he killed two rabbits in front of his class as part of a biology lesson. READ  

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes
Photo: DPA

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes

A school in Bavaria has sent a letter home to parents warning them not to let their daughters wear revealing blouses or short skirts, because emergency accommodation for refugees has been set up next to the gym. 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  

The Local List
The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law
Spaniards have been protesting as the country's new "gag law" comes into force. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law

Its many detractors complain that the new "gag law" introduced today harks back to the repressive days of the Franco regime. Here are a list of its most controversial points. READ  

French air traffic controllers set for strike
One union cancels a strike, another says it will go ahead. Photo: AFP

French air traffic controllers set for strike

There's both good news and bad news for travellers in France after plans by an air traffic controllers union to hold a strike on Tuesday and Wednesday were scrapped, only for another union to insist a walkout later in the week will go ahead. 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 scientists find cause of coeliac disease
A biopsy of a small bowel afflicted by coeliac disease. Photo: ToNToNi/Wikimedia Commons

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease

Norwegian scientists have discovered the cause of coeliac disease, the auto-immune disorder which causes gluten intolerance in about one in a hundred people READ  

The Local List
Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland
Visby, Gotland. Photo: Rodrigo Rivas/Imagebank Sweden

Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland

Gotland is in the national spotlight each summer during Sweden's annual politics forum, Almedalen. But here's why it is also one of the nation's favourite tourist spots. READ  

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