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New federal councillor Cassis inherits foreign ministry

New federal councillor Cassis inherits foreign ministry

The newly elected member of the Swiss government, Ignazio Cassis, will become the country’s foreign minister in November

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Volunteering abroad ‘really changed my mind’ about the world

Volunteering abroad ‘really changed my mind’ about the world

Want to go on a real adventure and help a disadvantaged community at the same time? You can, and here's how...

 
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Farmers suffer setback over cow horn subsidies

Farmers suffer setback over cow horn subsidies

A bid to compensate farmers for not dehorning their cows failed to win support in parliament on Thursday.

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The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad -- and back at home

The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad -- and back at home

Moving abroad? Nothing helps you feel at home faster than having a new luxury car to zip around in. And it's easier to get one than you think.

 
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How to make the most of autumn food in Switzerland

How to make the most of autumn food in Switzerland

While many people are sad to see summer go, food writer Franziska Wick from Little Zurich Kitchen couldn't be more excited about the arrival of her favourite season.

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Nine essential German phrases for the modern traveller

Nine essential German phrases for the modern traveller

Want to learn useful German phrases and nail the accent? With Tandem, you can instantly connect with a native speaker and practice for free.

 
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St Gallen backs 'burqa ban' proposal

St Gallen backs 'burqa ban' proposal

The cantonal parliament of St Gallen on Monday voted to adopt a bill that would ban people from covering their face in public, including women wearing the burqa.

Five Swiss cleaning nightmares -- and how to avoid them

Five Swiss cleaning nightmares -- and how to avoid them

Don’t end up making a mess of things when trying to clean your home in Switzerland.

 
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Swiss innovators create pink chocolate and blue wine

Swiss innovators create pink chocolate and blue wine

Swiss company Barry Callebaut has created a pink-hued chocolate that it claims is the first new natural chocolate colour since the white variety was introduced 80 years ago.

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Swiss price watchdog slams Booking.com for ‘abusive’ fees

Swiss price watchdog slams Booking.com for ‘abusive’ fees

The Swiss federal price watchdog has opened formal proceedings against hotel booking platform Booking.com for what it deems are abusive fees paid by Swiss hoteliers using the website.

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Giant granny will visit Geneva this autumn

Giant granny will visit Geneva this autumn

Visitors to Geneva at the end of September are likely to come across an 8m tall grandmother parading through the streets.

Opinion: The fakers' little lies are eating our brains

Opinion: The fakers' little lies are eating our brains

As fake news sites lose their power, real news organizations risk being hijacked by the spread of little lies, writes The Local's co-founder James Savage.

Two Bern villages vote against following Moutier to canton Jura

Two Bern villages vote against following Moutier to canton Jura

Three months after the town of Moutier voted to leave the canton of Bern and join the Jura, two neighbouring communes have rejected a plan to follow suit.

Syngenta chief calls for debate on 'sustainable agriculture'

Syngenta chief calls for debate on 'sustainable agriculture'

Swiss agrochemicals giant Syngenta, recently taken over by ChemChina, said there should be a wide-scale debate on what constitutes "sustainable agriculture" in face of a number of current controversies over pesticides.

Switzerland bans new Porsche SUVs over emissions cheating

Switzerland bans new Porsche SUVs over emissions cheating

Switzerland said on Friday that it will no longer register Porsche's luxury SUV, the Cayenne, with diesel engines citing the fallout from the emissions scandal that has rocked neighbouring Germany's car industry.

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'Bring home the bacon,' Merkel tells voters on eve of poll

'Bring home the bacon,' Merkel tells voters on eve of poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rival Martin Schulz rallied voters on the eve of Sunday's vote, urging Germans to shun the first hard-right party expected to enter parliament in force since the end of World War II.

 

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Fifa suspends Caribbean football chief for ethics violations

Fifa suspends Caribbean football chief for ethics violations

Gordon Derrick becomes the latest in a long line of football executives sanctioned by the ethics committee.