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Paternity leave backers push for public vote
File photo: AFP

Fathers in Switzerland should get four weeks statutory paternity leave, say supporters of a new popular initiative.

Farms in Swiss Jura to pilot refugee integration project
Volunteers will undertake manual labour on farms in the Jura. Photo: Mark Goebel

The pilot programme will offer refugees unpaid farming work to help them integrate.

Swiss city fights extremism with anti-radicalization centre
Winterthur has had several cases of youth radicalization in recent years. Photo: Simon Aughton

Winterthur launches a new service aimed at preventing radicalization.

Tennis
Injury forces Swiss star Bencic out of French Open
File photo: Sean M Haffey/Getty North America/AFP

Belinda Bencic has suffered back problems lately.

Lynx hurdles electric fence to escape Swiss animal park
The lynx is a protected species in Switzerland. File photo: Kora

A wild lynx has escaped from an animal shelter near Nyon after breaching the park’s electric fences.

Swiss basic income campaign sets 'Guinness' record
The poster was set up in a large diamond-shaped open space in central Geneva called La Plaine de Plainpalais. Photo: AFP

Campaigners for a minimum income in Switzerland set a Guinness Record for the world's largest poster on Saturday, as they sought support for the controversial proposal ahead of a referendum next month.

Jilted admirer shocks woman with tattoo... of her face
File photo: Thomas Coex/AFP

A Zurich woman is considering legal action against an admirer who tattooed a picture of her face on his arm.

Farmer loses appeal in row over noisy cow bells
File photo: Caroline Bishop

A Swiss farmer has lost his latest appeal against neighbours who demanded he remove the bells from his cows because they made too much noise.

Man arrested for calling Swiss police 59 times
File photo: Steven Lilley

A Swiss man has cried wolf one too many times.

Police hunt killer of man shot dead in St Gallen street
Photo: St Gallen police

The 42-year-old was slain by an unknown assailant at 5am on Thursday.

Presumed jihadist could have Swiss nationality quashed
File photo: Martin Abegglen

A Swiss-Italian teenager linked to Isis could have his Swiss nationality withdrawn in the first such case in Switzerland.

Geneva to vote on building bridge over lake
Photo: Olivier Miche/Swiss Tourism

Should Geneva build a crossing over Lac Léman? Residents get their say on June 5th.

Report: Swiss lag behind Europe on gay rights
Same-sex marriage is illegal in Switzerland. File photo: Mike Licht

Switzerland has a dismal record when it comes to gay rights, according to a new report.

UN: 'breast is best' so quit promoting baby formula
Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP

Geneva-based UN agencies warn that laws against the promotion of breast milk substitutes must be tightened to encourage breastfeeding.

Swiss beard society marks 75 years of alpine tradition
Photo: Johnny Mazzilli/La Gruyère Tourism

Its 26 hirsute members aim to preserve alpine traditions.

Photo: Swiss Tourism
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