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National rail operator aims to cut suicides

National rail operator aims to cut suicides

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is stepping up action to reduce the number of people in Switzerland who commit suicide by throwing themselves in front of trains.

Thieves steal 30 fur coats from St. Moritz shop

Thieves steal 30 fur coats from St. Moritz shop

Graubünden cantonal police are searching for two men who broke into a clothing boutique in the upscale mountain resort town of Saint Moritz and stole 30 fur coats valued at more than one million francs ($1.12 million francs).

Basel drummers pound out expert carnival beat

Basel drummers pound out expert carnival beat

Drummers play a key role in Basel's three-day annual carnival or Fasnacht. But drumming is more than just a pastime in this German-speaking city on the Rhine River, as The Local's Emily Mawson discovers.

UN probe decries Syrian sieges and starvation

Syrian government forces are waging a campaign of siege warfare and starvation against civilians as part of their military strategy, a UN-mandated commission said in Geneva on Wednesday.

Italy slaps Swiss pharma giants with huge fines

Italy slaps Swiss pharma giants with huge fines

Italy's antitrust body said on Wednesday it has slapped Swiss giants Novartis and Roche with a €182.5-million fine for allegedly manipulating sales of a cheap drug used to treat sight problems.

Carmakers in Geneva push SUVs of all sizes

Carmakers in Geneva push SUVs of all sizes

Massive or small, affordable or off-the scale pricey: urban sports utility vehicles abound at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, with luxury carmakers speeding into the lucrative market.

Greenpeace activists enter Swiss nuclear plant

Greenpeace activists enter Swiss nuclear plant

Greenpeace said 100 activists from the environmental organization from nine countries penetrated the grounds of the world's oldest operating nuclear plant in the canton of Aargau on Wednesday in a bid to shut it down.