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Pop goes the weasel as Hadron Collider shuts down
It will take a few days to repair the damage caused by the weasel, which did not survive its high-voltage encounter. Photo: AFP

The world's most powerful particle smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, went offline after a weasel caused a short circuit on a high-voltage transformer.

Swiss region to shield tourists from 'killer cows'
File photo: Caroline Bishop

The tourist area of Laax in south-eastern Switzerland will install fences to ensure no one is attacked by protective mother cows this summer.

Anger as Basel pool bans 'maxi burqinis'
Australian model Mecca Laalaa in a tight-fitting Islamic swimsuit, or burqini. File photo: AFP

What lies behind controversial rule changes at a pool in the Swiss city of Basel?

Swiss man loses licence after bird 'attacks' car
This was not the bird in the incident. Photo: Ian Bruce

This man was hoping for mercy from the courts. He didn't get it.

Zurich falcons killed with ‘kamikaze pigeons’
Peregrine falcons are protected in Switzerland. Photo: Mathias Schäf

A pigeon fancier in Zurich has admitted to poisoning a falcon to death with a ‘kamikaze pigeon’, the latest in a spate of similar incidents.

Obama, UN envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' Syria truce
Syria has been rocked by fighting in recent weeks, particularly around the city of Aleppo. Photo: AFP

Syria's fragile ceasefire is in grave peril, US President Barack Obama and the UN's special envoy warned, as violence surged in the war-ravaged country's second city Aleppo.

Switzerland sees first quarter drop in asylum requests
File photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The number of asylum seekers arriving in Switzerland fell by 45 percent in the first three months of this year.

Italian research student slain in Geneva street
The attack happened near Geneva's university hospital HUG. File Photo: Julien Gregario

A 29-year-old Italian doctoral student at the University of Geneva was battered to death with an iron bar earlier this week.

Revealed: the richest regions in Switzerland
Relaxing on Lake Hallwil in the cash-rich canton of Schwyz. Photo: Swiss Tourism

New figures show where the wealthiest inhabitants of Switzerland make their home.

Zurich 'to force kindergarten to take German classes'
File photo: AFP

Should children of kindergarten age be forced to study German if their language skills aren't up to scratch?

Switzerland's new 50 franc note: what you need to know
The new 50 france note has been dubbed the "dandelion". Photo: Swiss National Bank

Switzerland's new 50 franc note became available on Tuesday. Here's what that means for you.

Handshake scandal
'I only posted Isis videos because I liked the music'
The Mahmud Mosque in Zurich. File photo: AFP

Two Muslim boys in Switzerland who caused an uproar by refusing to shake hands with a female teacher deny they have been radicalized.

'Hug a Brit to stop Brexit' Europeans urged
Yinka Shonibare MBE, British Nigerian, hugged by German Katrin Lock.

Can a surfeit of bodily contact persuade sceptical Brits to stay in the EU? These Europeans hope it might.

VIDEO: Artists capture beauty of Zurich by night
The video is made up of 90,000 individual images. Photo: Helvetia by Night

This breathtaking video of Zurich by night will blow your mind.

Swiss history
Is story of Hannibal crossing Swiss Alps just a myth?
Genetic sequencing of dung found in the Alps could help pinpoint the route taken by Hannibal.

The idea that Hannibal crossed the Swiss Alps on his way to Rome may be no more than a load of (very) old horse manure, a new study shows.

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Druk the elephant hauled to her feet by Zurich fire brigade
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Swiss champion snowboarder Estelle Balet killed by avalanche
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Bank blacklists Swiss travel agent named Isis
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Italian research student slain in Geneva street
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New Chaplin museum set in star's own 'Downton Abbey'
Photo: Gary Minnaert
Name traditions still sway married Swiss women despite law change
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Government eyes hefty fines for littering
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Revealed: the richest regions in Switzerland
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Switzerland's new 50 franc note: what you need to know
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VIDEO: Swiss farmer's cows leap for joy of spring
Automatic expulsion of criminal foreigners rejected at the ballot box
UK's Duchess of York seeks to become resident of Verbier
City of Geneva to translate information into English
Female guard at prison near Zurich 'helped Syrian flee jail'
Swiss residential real estate 'bubble risk' continues to rise
Temporary wood opera house opens near United Nations in Geneva
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