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Swiss drink more homegrown wine
Consumption of Swiss wines within Switzerland rose by 10 percent in 2013. Photo; Caroline Bishop

Swiss drink more homegrown wine

After several years of decline, the Swiss are finally drinking more of their own wine. Consumption of Swiss wines within Switzerland rose by ten percent in 2013 to 107 million litres, according to figures released by the Federal Office of Agriculture (OFAG) on Tuesday. READ () »

Crime proves a cash cow for Swiss authorities
In 2013, Swiss authorities received 31.5 million francs. Photo: Marcel Grieder

Crime proves a cash cow for Swiss authorities

Seized cash from the proceeds of crime in Switzerland benefited the federal and cantonal authorities to the tune of 31.5 million francs ($35.6m) in 2013. READ () »

Activist jailed for six years in Vasella case
Former Novartis chairman Daniel Vasella. Photo: AFP/File

Activist jailed for six years in Vasella case

A British animal rights activist was jailed for six years on Thursday for her part in a Europe-wide campaign of intimidation targeting Huntington Life Sciences, an animal testing company linked to Swiss pharma giant Novartis. READ () »

Zoo faces cruelty charges over cub deaths
Kurt Nünlist was appalled by the deaths of two cubs at the Bern zoo (photo:zvg)

Zoo faces cruelty charges over cub deaths

A Swiss animal lover has filed a legal complaint against Bern zoo, accusing it of cruelty over the deaths of two bear cubs. Dählhölzli zoo could be fined under Switzerland’s tough animal protection laws. READ () »

Experts challenge e-cigarettes study
Photo: Denis Charlet / AFP

Experts challenge e-cigarettes study

Two Swiss medical organisations have rejected calls to overturn the ban on sales of electronic cigarettes in Switzerland. READ () »

Ski champion announces same-sex marriage
Sylviane Berthod (right in each of the photos) and her partner. Photos: Facebook

Ski champion announces same-sex marriage

Former Swiss alpine ski champion Sylviane Berthod has announced her engagement to marry another woman in a public way — on her Facebook page. READ () »

Swiss building provides refuge for the sensitive
Photo: AFP

Swiss building provides refuge for the sensitive

No smoking, no perfume, no mobile phone use — the list of rules at a newly opened apartment building in Leimbach on the outskirts of Zurich is long. READ () »

Swiss rank second for social progress: report
Photo: Social Progress Imperative

Swiss rank second for social progress: report

Switzerland ranks second in the world for social progress, according to a new report from a US non-profit group that underlines the performance is not just linked to the country's strong economy. READ () »

Swiss included in EU asylum deal despite vote

Swiss included in EU asylum deal despite vote

The EU wants to include Switzerland in a new agreement on asylum, despite blocking other EU-Switzerland deals since the February 9th vote on quotas for EU citizens in Switzerland. READ () »

Foreigners and women face Swiss problems: US
US Secretary of State John Kerry released the reports on Thursday. Photo: United States Department of State

Foreigners and women face Swiss problems: US

Switzerland has overcrowded prisons, security services that use excessive force, and lingering discrimination problems, according to the US State Department's Country Report on human rights practices in 2013. READ () »

Vote prompts rush for Swiss passports
Requests for information about the naturalisation process have risen significantly in canton Vaud. Photo: Martin Abegglen

Vote prompts rush for Swiss passports

Naturalization requests from foreign residents in some parts of Switzerland have jumped since the February 9th anti-immigration yes vote, according to the population authorities. READ () »

Unions launch campaign for minimum wage
The unions say no one should receive less than 4,000 francs. Photo: SGB

Unions launch campaign for minimum wage

Full-time employees are entitled to a wage they can live on, the Swiss Trade Union Federation said on Thursday at the launch of its minimum wage campaign. READ () »

Man killed in freak parking accident
The car landed on a school playground. Photo: St. Gallen cantonal police

Man killed in freak parking accident

A 41-year-old man has died while apparently trying to reverse his car into a parking space. READ () »

Swiss students shut out of EU exchange deal
The door to European exchange is being shut. Photo: zvg

Swiss students shut out of EU exchange deal

The European Union has blocked Switzerland from its Erasmus+ student exchange programme as a result of the vote to re-introduce quotas on EU citizens. READ () »

Italian MEP protests at EU-Swiss debate
Strasbourg was debating the EU's position on Switzerland in light of the recent referendum. Photo: Cedric Puisney

Italian MEP protests at EU-Swiss debate

An outspoken far-right Italian MEP interrupted a session of the European Parliament on Wednesday to defend the Swiss anti-immigration vote of February 9th. READ () »

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