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Residents flee as river Emme floods village
Rega helped evacuate homes in the area. Photo: Rega

Residents flee as river Emme floods village

Rega, the Swiss air-ambulance service, evacuated residents of Schangnau in the canton of Bern on Thursday morning as the river Emme broke its banks. READ  

Federal Court: no tests for expat car drivers
Foreign drivers have up to a year to exchange their licence. Photo: State Farm

Federal Court: no tests for expat car drivers

Foreigners living in Switzerland cannot be asked to pass a Swiss driving test in order to swap their foreign driving licence for a Swiss one, regardless of when they apply, the Federal Court has said. READ  

Swiss expats threatened by ‘absurd’ proposal
Ecopop says overpopulation is threatening the environment. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss expats threatened by ‘absurd’ proposal

A proposal to limit population growth in Switzerland could mean Swiss expats cannot return to their native country, says an organization representing citizens living abroad. READ  

Prisoner accused of coke trafficking from cell
Photo: US Customs and Border Protection

Prisoner accused of coke trafficking from cell

An inmate serving six years in a prison in the canton of Fribourg is suspected of masterminding the trafficking of cocaine in Geneva from his cell. READ  

Jewellery thief caught after four-year con
Photo: Newsbie Pix

Jewellery thief caught after four-year con

A man who has been swindling jewellery stores in Switzerland for at least four years has finally been arrested, according to a media report. READ  

Zurich world's fifth most costly city for expats
Zurich is considered more pricey than Geneva and Bern. Photo: Russ Bowling

Zurich world's fifth most costly city for expats

Zurich is now a more expensive place for expats to live than Geneva, according to an annual survey which ranks Switzerland's largest city as the fifth most costly place to live in the world. READ  

Pregnant refugee who lost baby 'mistreated'
The family were ordered to return to Domodossola. Photo: Phil Richards

Pregnant refugee who lost baby 'mistreated'

Swiss authorities are being investigated for the alleged mistreatment of a pregnant Syrian refugee passing through Switzerland whose baby was subsequently stillborn. READ  

Swiss Post cracks down on fake five-franc coin
The same weight as real coins, the fakes are good imitations. Photo: Caroline Bishop

Swiss Post cracks down on fake five-franc coin

Federal police have confirmed that a number of counterfeit five-franc pieces are in circulation in French-speaking Switzerland, as the Swiss post office trains its staff to spot them. READ  

Passenger demands return of hash stash
Transport police were deemed to have acted beyond their powers. Photo: bigbirdz

Passenger demands return of hash stash

A train passenger caught by transport police in possession of hash is requesting his confiscated cannabis be returned after a judge ruled that the authorities didn’t have the right to search him. READ  

Teenage travellers die in Chiètres car crash
Photo: Fribourg police

Teenage travellers die in Chiètres car crash

Two teenagers have died after the car they were travelling in overturned on the road between Fräschels and Chiètres, in the canton of Fribourg, on Thursday evening, cantonal police have said. READ  

Geneva phone thief caught by selfies
Photo: Matt Kieffer

Geneva phone thief caught by selfies

A man who stole a mobile phone at a Geneva shop was caught after police identified him from pictures on his own mobile phone, which he left at the scene. READ  

Connyland vet acquitted over dolphin deaths
The two dolphins were the seventh and eighth to die at the park. Photo: Lauren Tucker

Connyland vet acquitted over dolphin deaths

A vet accused of negligence and cruelty to two dolphins at the Connyland theme park near Lipperswil, in the canton of Thurgau, has been acquitted on appeal. READ  

Geneva snake smuggler apprehended in Basel
Seven snakes are found in the man's vehicle. Photo: Hannes Steyn

Geneva snake smuggler apprehended in Basel

A Geneva man was stopped by border guards in Basel for attempting to smuggle seven snakes into Switzerland from France. READ  

Over 100 compete in Swiss anthem contest
Only three percent of Swiss people know all four verses of the current anthem. Photo: Yendor Oz

Over 100 compete in Swiss anthem contest

If you were thinking of entering the competition to find a new Swiss national anthem, it’s too late – the deadline is today. READ  

Investigation into Sierre crash officially closed
Photo: AFP

Investigation into Sierre crash officially closed

The public prosecutor in the canton of Valais has officially closed the investigation into the fatal bus crash in Sierre which killed 22 Belgian schoolchildren in March 2012. READ  

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