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Singer Udo Juergens dies suddenly aged 80
Juergens died unexpectedly. Photo: AFP

Singer Udo Juergens dies suddenly aged 80

Swiss-Austrian crooner Udo Juergens, whose more than 50-year career was studded with hits in languages ranging from German to Japanese, died on Sunday following a heart attack. He was 80. READ  

SBB moots free coffee for off-peak train users
The SBB is responding to complaints that trains are overcrowded. Photo: ZO/AvU

SBB moots free coffee for off-peak train users

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is considering options to ease train congestion next year, including incentives - such as free coffee - to travel outside rush hours. READ  

Ex-banker admits lying over French tax fraud
Pierre Condamin-Gerbier. Photo: AFP

Ex-banker admits lying over French tax fraud

A man who acknowledged lying when he served as a key witness in a major French tax fraud investigation was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison term in the Swiss canton of Ticino on Friday. 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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Massive write-downs soak Axpo in red ink
Photo: Axpo

Massive write-downs soak Axpo in red ink

Swiss utility company Axpo said on Friday that eroding wholesale prices for electricity have forced it to write down 1.5 billion francs on the value of its power plants and energy supply contracts. READ  

Banks vow negative rates won't be passed on
Photo: Yoshiko Kusano/Photopress

Banks vow negative rates won't be passed on

Major banks in Switzerland say they have no intention of charging small savers negative interest rates in the wake of the Swiss National Bank’s decision this week to charge such rates to financial institutions. READ  

Forecast cuts 2015 Swiss economic growth
What, me worry? Swiss economy seen as continuing to defy trend in eurozone. Photo: Credit Suisse

Forecast cuts 2015 Swiss economic growth

The Swiss federal government's experts' group says Switzerland's economic prospects remain favourable in a "risky environment" although it cut its growth forecast for 2015. READ  

French businessman plans takeover of Orange

French businessman plans takeover of Orange

Apax Funds has announced it is selling Orange Switzerland, the country’s third largest mobile operator, to NJJ Capital, a holding company owned by French businessman Xavier Niel for 2.8 billion francs. READ  

Central bank imposes negative interest rates
Photo: Michael Faes

Central bank imposes negative interest rates

With fresh turmoil in foreign exchange markets putting upward pressure on the franc, the Swiss National Bank announced on Thursday the introduction of negative interest rates. READ  

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing
Photo: Jungfrau Railways

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing

You don’t have to ski to enjoy Switzerland in the winter. From snowshoeing to ski-jöring, non-skiers have plenty of ways to amuse themselves in the colder months. The Local's Caroline Bishop runs down some of the options. READ  

First woman joins Swiss central bank board
Photo: Malcolm Curtis/The Local

First woman joins Swiss central bank board

The Swiss National Bank on Wednesday named IMF executive Andréa Maechler as its first ever female board member. READ  

Cabinet ministers rapped for accepting new limos
Federal cabinet minister Doris Leuthard with new Tesla. Photo: DETEC/Twitter

Cabinet ministers rapped for accepting new limos

Critics are complaining that Swiss federal government ministers are getting early Christmas presents in the form of expensive new limousines as official cars at a time when the government is planning hefty budget cuts.
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Scalpers profit from sold-out AC/DC Zurich gig
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson (left) and group's co-founder Angus Young. Photo: AFP/File

Scalpers profit from sold-out AC/DC Zurich gig

Tickets for AC/DC, the veteran Australian hard rock band, sold out on Tuesday for a Zurich concert in six minutes but media reported tickets were being resold within an hour at five times the price. READ  

Woman gives birth at metro after taxi snub
Photo: CHUV

Woman gives birth at metro after taxi snub

A woman gave birth on Tuesday to a baby boy outside a Lausanne metro station after a taxi driver refused to take her and her husband to hospital for fear of messing up the interior of his car, according to a report. READ  

Tag Heuer chief changes tune on smartwatches
Tag Heuer's CEO Jean-Claude Biver: change of heart. Photo: Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer chief changes tune on smartwatches

Barely a few months after dismissing Apple's smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a hi-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm's line-up. READ  

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