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Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope
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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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Swiss school grad 'hero' among café siege victims
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Swiss school grad 'hero' among café siege victims

César Ritz Colleges, a Swiss hotel management school group, issued a tribute on its Facebook page to a former graduate who died while trying to end this week’s café hostage-taking incident in Sydney, Australia that left three people dead and five people injured. READ  

Switzerland cracks top ten list for business
Zurich, Switzerland's biggest centre for business. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Switzerland cracks top ten list for business

Switzerland ranks among the top ten best countries in the world to do business, according to Forbes magazine’s list for 2014. READ  

Swiss cheer Cuba and US on resuming relations
US President Obama announcing decision at the White House. Photo: Pool/AFP

Swiss cheer Cuba and US on resuming relations

Switzerland has extended congratulations to the United States for its decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time since 1961 by opening a an embassy in Havana. READ  

US head of Fifa ethics committee quits
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US head of Fifa ethics committee quits

Sepp Blatter, the Swiss leader of Zurich-based Fifa, said on Wednesday that he was "surprised" by the resignation of top corruption investigator Michael Garcia over the handling of his inquiry into the Qatar and Russia World Cup bids. READ  

Middle East civil rights urged at Geneva meet
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Middle East civil rights urged at Geneva meet

An international conference in Geneva on Wednesday called on both Israelis and Palestinians to respect humanitarian rights laws in the occupied territories, but was condemned by Israel as a "political exercise". READ  

Natural disaster losses fall in 2014: Swiss Re
Swiss Re headquarters in Zurich. Photo: Swiss Re

Natural disaster losses fall in 2014: Swiss Re

Extreme weather and other natural and man-made disasters caused $113 billion (90.6 billion euros) in economic losses in 2014, reinsurer Swiss Re said Wednesday. READ  

Geneva talks on Iran nuclear plan continue

World powers resumed negotiations in Geneva with Iran on Wednesday over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, more than three weeks after they last met and gave themselves another seven months to conclude a deal. READ  

Lindt 'devastated' by Sydney café siege deaths
One of the first hostages fleeing the café. Photo: AFP

Lindt 'devastated' by Sydney café siege deaths

Swiss chocolate-maker Lindt, the owner of the Sydney cafe at the centre of a day-long siege Monday that ended in the deaths of the gunman and two of his hostages, said it was "devastated" by the outcome of the standoff. READ  

Swiss chocolate café at centre of hostage drama
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Swiss chocolate café at centre of hostage drama

UPDATED: A café owned by Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli was thrust into the centre of international news by a hostage-taking incident on Monday that ended in a hail of gunfire leaving three people dead and four injured in downtown Sydney, Australia. READ  

Swiss tally ex-residents fighting as jihadists
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Swiss tally ex-residents fighting as jihadists

Twenty-two people have left Switzerland to fight abroad as jihadists since May, including eight in the past fortnight, the Swiss intelligence agency said on Monday. READ  

Geneva to aid France on ‘false’ Swiss residents
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Geneva to aid France on ‘false’ Swiss residents

The canton of Geneva has promised to help neighbouring regions of France that are losing an estimated 40 million euros a year in tax revenue due to “false residents” of Switzerland who actually live in French municipalities while working in the Swiss canton. READ  

Israel hits back at Swiss over rights conference
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Israel hits back at Swiss over rights conference

Israel on Friday condemned Switzerland's plan to host a conference on respect for international human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, charging it was a deviation from the country's traditional neutrality. READ  

Italian thieves nab 260 tons of Swiss chocolate
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Italian thieves nab 260 tons of Swiss chocolate

In what is being described as the biggest robbery of its type, thieves in Italy have stolen a staggering 260 tons of chocolate from Swiss company Lindt & Sprüngli. READ  

Swiss back confab on occupied Palestine lands

A conference will be held next week in Geneva to examine respect for international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories, Switzerland announced on Thursday. READ  

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