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New rules for vintage JU-Air flights after deadly crash

New rules for vintage JU-Air flights after deadly crash

Switzerland's JU-Air plans to resume flights involving its vintage Junkers Ju-52 planes on Friday, two weeks after one of its aircraft crashed killing all 20 people on board.

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Violence against women: suspects identified in vicious Geneva attack

Violence against women: suspects identified in vicious Geneva attack

Investigators have identified three of the men suspected of carrying out a brutal attack in Geneva recently which saw two women seriously injured.

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Game-changing flight tips for smart business travellers

Game-changing flight tips for smart business travellers

Whether you’re flying for business or pleasure, you don’t need to break the bank when booking your next transatlantic flight. As one travel blogger explains, there are ways to fly in style without forking out for a first-class ticket.

 
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Are new language tests putting people off applying for Swiss citizenship?

Are new language tests putting people off applying for Swiss citizenship?

Areas where formal language tests have been introduced for the first time are seeing lower numbers of citizenship applications

A gap year can help shape your future, so do something that matters

A gap year can help shape your future, so do something that matters

With many young idealists considering their gap year options, sustainable development charity Raleigh International is encouraging young people and their parents to ditch the usual ‘backpacker’ trips in favour of an adventure that matters.

 
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Small country, long reach: How Swiss expats took a slice of home to New Zealand

Small country, long reach: How Swiss expats took a slice of home to New Zealand

On Swiss National Day, guest contributor Nina Green looks at the Swiss community that has established itself more than 18,000 kilometres from its origins – in New Zealand.

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Largest Swiss flag in the world damaged by torrential rain in the Alps

Largest Swiss flag in the world damaged by torrential rain in the Alps

The flag had been deployed on the Säntis mountain in the Alpstein massif in northeastern Switzerland as part of the Swiss National Day celebrations. But the weather hadn't read the script.

The pros and cons of starting your own business in Switzerland

The pros and cons of starting your own business in Switzerland

Thinking of creating a startup? Here’s what it’s like.

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Seven English words Swiss Germans get delightfully wrong

Seven English words Swiss Germans get delightfully wrong

From 'shitstorms' to 'wellness' weekends, here are seven ways Swiss German speakers make English their own.

‘Losing all the glaciers in Switzerland is not that far away’

‘Losing all the glaciers in Switzerland is not that far away’

A child born in Switzerland today will likely live to see the turn of the 22nd century. If scientists are right, the views they’ll see will have changed remarkably.

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Swiss meat giant Bell invests in synthetic meat startup

Swiss meat giant Bell invests in synthetic meat startup

Switzerland's largest meat producer Bell Food Group has invested €7.5 million into the Dutch company that produced the first hamburger produced through cell tissue rather than slaughter.

Number of foreign tourists visiting Switzerland rose in first half of 2018

Number of foreign tourists visiting Switzerland rose in first half of 2018

The Swiss hotel industry recorded 18.4 million overnight stays in Switzerland in the first half of 2018.

Switzerland's Locarno Festival kicks off 71st edition with an eclectic program featuring 293 films

Switzerland's Locarno Festival kicks off 71st edition with an eclectic program featuring 293 films

The 71st edition of the Locarno Festival, Switzerland's major film gala, kicks off today. The Local spoke to the organisers to find out about the program's highlights and how Swiss cinema features.

Swiss competition authority investigating 'media dominance' of Tamedia following group's takeover of Basel daily

Swiss competition authority investigating 'media dominance' of Tamedia following group's takeover of Basel daily

The Tamedia AG media house, which owns more than 50 media outlets in Switzerland, is being investigated by COMCO after the media conglomerate's purchase of the Basel-based Basler Zeitung.

Swiss insurer hopes 'hail-fighting plane' can cut costly payouts

Swiss insurer hopes 'hail-fighting plane' can cut costly payouts

Baloise is running a pilot project aimed at stopping hail at the source.

Real Swiss jobless rate double official figure: report

Real Swiss jobless rate double official figure: report

Switzerland's low jobless rate has been something for the authorities to crow about in recent times but new figures suggest the real story may be a fair bit gloomier.

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Malmedalen: New political festival launched in troubled Swedish suburb

Malmedalen: New political festival launched in troubled Swedish suburb

A Swedish social entrepreneur will this Saturday launch a new rival to Sweden’s giant political festival Almedalen in Rosengård, a district of Malmö known for segregation, unemployment, shootings and riots.

 

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Former Spanish king accused by alleged former lover of holding secret Swiss bank accounts to launder funds

Former Spanish king accused by alleged former lover of holding secret Swiss bank accounts to launder funds

Reports in the French, Spanish, German and Swiss media allege that former Spanish king, King Juan Carlos I, stashed illegitimately acquired funds in Swiss bank accounts.

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Swiss tennis player Wawrinka loses to Nadal at Toronto Masters

Swiss tennis player Wawrinka loses to Nadal at Toronto Masters

A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop the progress of Rafael Nadal on Thursday at the Toronto Masters as he defeated Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the quarter-finals.