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Blair joins religion and Charlie Hebdo panel
Rosen and Blair at panel discussion. Photo: World Economic Forum

Blair joins religion and Charlie Hebdo panel

What do a rabbi, an archbishop, a top Islamic academic and former British prime minister Tony Blair have in common? Quite a lot, it turned out, at an unusual panel on religion at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, where they found shared ground on extremism, violence and freedom of expression in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris. READ  

Mother arrested over deaths of two tots
The drama occurred in a house in Flaach. Photo: geodruid.com

Mother arrested over deaths of two tots

A woman has been arrested after the bodies of her two toddlers were found in a house in Flaach, in the canton of Zurich, on New Year’s Day. READ  

More party-goers opt to be driven home
Thousands of people were driven home by volunteers. Photo: nezrouge.ch

More party-goers opt to be driven home

A record number of people took advantage of the Nez Rouge service in December, handing over their car keys to a volunteer driver after a night out. READ  

Sommaruga lauds 'bold' Swiss democracy
Simonetta Sommaruga in her New Year's address. Screenshot: SRF

Sommaruga lauds 'bold' Swiss democracy

Swiss president for 2015, Simonetta Sommaruga, extolled Switzerland’s system of direct democracy in a TV and radio address to mark the new year. READ  

Hopes fade of finding missing Scot still alive
Missing Fergus McInnes. Photo: Police Scotland

Hopes fade of finding missing Scot still alive

Almost four months after he went missing in Switzerland, the family of Fergus McInnes are losing hope that he will be found alive. READ  

Nude 'selfie' mayor tops Swiss scandal list
Geri Müller's nude 'selfies' top Google's list of Swiss scandals. Photo: Swiss federal assembly

Nude 'selfie' mayor tops Swiss scandal list

Nudity, sex, money and high-profile break-ups made the headlines in Switzerland this year according to internet search engine Google, which has named the country’s top ten scandals for 2014. READ  

Swiss head to shops rather than slopes
In the streets rather than on the pistes. Photo: www.soaktuell.ch

Swiss head to shops rather than slopes

The lack of snow in many Swiss ski resorts has had a beneficial effect on the shops, with many people shopping rather than skiing on the Sundays leading up to Christmas. READ  

Uber drivers in Geneva allege intimidation
Passengers book a ride using the Uber app. Photo: Uber

Uber drivers in Geneva allege intimidation

Tensions are growing among cabbies in Geneva where drivers working for newcomer Uber have filed complaints of threats and abuse by drivers with rival taxi firms. READ  

Singer Udo Juergens dies suddenly aged 80
Juergens died unexpectedly. Photo: AFP

Singer Udo Juergens dies suddenly aged 80

Swiss-Austrian crooner Udo Juergens, whose more than 50-year career was studded with hits in languages ranging from German to Japanese, died on Sunday following a heart attack. He was 80. READ  

SBB moots free coffee for off-peak train users
The SBB is responding to complaints that trains are overcrowded. Photo: ZO/AvU

SBB moots free coffee for off-peak train users

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is considering options to ease train congestion next year, including incentives - such as free coffee - to travel outside rush hours. READ  

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Violent teen rearrested after therapy fails

Following a fight in Zurich city centre, police have rearrested a teenager with a history of violent behaviour whose costly therapy programme provoked public outrage earlier this year. READ  

Kosovan sex slave flees Switzerland for Austria
File photo: Francesco di Fazio

Kosovan sex slave flees Switzerland for Austria

A 19-year-old woman from Kosovo who claims she was forced into prostitution and kept as a sex slave in a cellar in Switzerland for almost three years has sought asylum in Austria. READ  

Swiss shun religion for the supernatural

While the number of religious people in Switzerland is on the decline, nearly two thirds of Swiss believe in the supernatural, according to a new survey. READ  

Swiss politicians against pedestrians on phone

The days of whatsapping while walking could be over in Switzerland if some politicians get their way. Members of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) are calling for people who walk about the streets with their eyes on their smartphones to be punished, saying they are a danger to themselves and others. READ  

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