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Rare Valais sheep feared stolen for meat sale
The Saas sheep has distinctive long, pendulous ears. Photo: ProSpecieRara

Rare Valais sheep feared stolen for meat sale

Police investigating the case of 103 sheep which disappeared from an alpine pasture near Saas-Almagell in the canton of Valais are treating it as theft. READ  

Streaming service Netflix arrives in Switzerland
Programmes can be watched on a range of devices. Photo: Netflix

Streaming service Netflix arrives in Switzerland

Popular US video streaming service Netflix launched in Switzerland on Thursday morning after opening for business in Germany, France and Austria earlier this week. READ  

Thieves smash up Jura factory using tractor
Photo: Tony Alter

Thieves smash up Jura factory using tractor

A group of thieves used a tractor to burgle a watchmaking facility in Alle, in the canton of Jura, causing damage estimated at hundreds of thousands of francs, police have reported. READ  

Bored Zurich teens go on costly vandalism spree
The pair set fire to vehicles in a quarry. Photo: Zurich cantonal police

Bored Zurich teens go on costly vandalism spree

Two teenagers who caused 500,000 francs ($537,000) of damage to cars and construction vehicles told police on their arrest that they went on a vandalism spree because they were “bored”. READ  

Low-key Burkhalter
Swiss leader's commute turns Twitter sensation
Didier Burkhalter's casual approach to travelling around Switzerland caused a stir on Twitter. Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Pool/AFP

Swiss leader's commute turns Twitter sensation

A photo showing Swiss President Didier Burkhalter waiting for a train at Neuchâtel station, alone and without bodyguards, made waves on Twitter on Thursday, receiving 800 retweets around the world. READ  

US private cab firm Uber drives into Geneva
Uber works by using the GPS on a customer's phone. Photo: Uber

US private cab firm Uber drives into Geneva

Californian company Uber launched its app-based private taxi service in Geneva at a press conference on Thursday, despite questions from the cantonal authorities about its legality. READ  

Undercover police catch Zurich pizza gang
Photo: Matt Chan

Undercover police catch Zurich pizza gang

Officers arrested three teenagers in Zurich after an undercover operation exposed a gang terrorizing pizza delivery men, Zurich police said on Wednesday. READ  

Expats boost high rise in Swiss population
Photo: Richard Allaway

Expats boost high rise in Swiss population

Over two-thirds of Switzerland’s population growth in 2013 can be attributed to foreign immigrants, according to figures published by the Swiss federal office of statistics (BFS). READ  

Media executive jailed in latest 'sexting' case
Photo: Junpal Abe

Media executive jailed in latest 'sexting' case

A 57-year-old man who passed himself off as a 12-year-old girl in online chatrooms in order to obtain naked photos of children was sentenced to four and a half years in prison by a Zurich district court on Wednesday. READ  

Swiss pick Swedes as ideal neighbours
Two-thirds of the Swiss surveyed would choose Sweden as their neighbour. Photo: Florian Prischl

Swiss pick Swedes as ideal neighbours

Despite a campaign launched by the Swedish to help Chinese people tell the difference between them and the Swiss, it turns out Switzerland and Sweden feel akin after all. Swiss people would rather have the nation of Ikea and ABBA as their neighbour than any other EU country, according to a new survey. READ  

'Mugged' youth admits he stabbed himself
Photo: R. Nial Bradshaw

'Mugged' youth admits he stabbed himself

A man who claimed to have been attacked and stabbed by muggers in Balsthal, in the canton of Solothurn, has confessed to police that he made the incident up and actually stabbed himself. READ  

Swiss mountains claim latest hiker victim
The Kandersteg valley. Photo: Jonty Sewell

Swiss mountains claim latest hiker victim

A 64-year-old German man died in the Bernese alps on Wednesday morning after slipping on a snowy path and falling several hundred metres to his death, cantonal police confirmed. READ  

Swiss jobless rate rises in second quarter
The number of jobless has risen compared with last year according to new figures based on ILO standards. Photo: Seco

Swiss jobless rate rises in second quarter

New figures show the unemployment rate in Switzerland rose to 4.4 percent in the second quarter of this year — a slight increase over the same period last year. READ  

Falls claim more lives than road accidents
The safety bureau promotes the use of "balance disks" attached to the bottom of shoes to improve your balance and reduce the likelihood of falls. Photo: BFU

Falls claim more lives than road accidents

Falls account for more accidental deaths in Switzerland than any other cause, a new report shows. READ  

Swiss parents steadfast in baby name choices
Last year 82,731 babies were born in Switzerland. Photo: Gabi Menashe

Swiss parents steadfast in baby name choices

Mia, Noah, Emma and Gabriel remain the most popular baby names in Switzerland, the federal office of statistics (BFS) said on Tuesday. READ  

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