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German stores boost Migros bottom line

German stores boost Migros bottom line

Switzerland's number one retailer, Migros, on Wednesday reported a net profit of 771 million francs in 2013 on the back of record sales.

Bern backs away from duty-free wine proposal

Bern backs away from duty-free wine proposal

The federal government has backed off a proposal that would have allowed cross-border shoppers to bring up to 20 litres of duty-free wine a day into Switzerland, ten times the current rate.

European bumblebee species 'face extinction'

European bumblebee species 'face extinction'

Almost a quarter of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction, largely because of climate change and intensive farming, the Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature warned on Wednesday.

Garter snake sows chaos on Swiss passenger train

Garter snake sows chaos on Swiss passenger train

A small snake that slithered its way onto a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) train caused chaos on Wednesday, prompting the evacuation of all 450 passengers as police hunted for the reptile.

Swiss make 'compromise deal' with Croatia

Swiss make 'compromise deal' with Croatia

Switzerland has reached a compromise agreement with Croatia on the free movement of people, Swiss state radio broadcaster RTS says.

Apartment fire claims victim in Geneva suburb

Apartment fire claims victim in Geneva suburb

A 39-year-old woman died and 32 people were evacuated from an apartment building that caught fire in a Geneva suburb early Wednesday.

Alleged diamond theft victim branded 'con-man'

Alleged diamond theft victim branded 'con-man'

The mystery behind the disappearance of a $50-million diamond from a Geneva-based storage firm deepened on Tuesday, as the company accused of losing the jewel branded the alleged victim a con-man.