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Basel uni experts find 50 Egyptian mummies

Basel uni experts find 50 Egyptian mummies

University of Basel experts helped discover a vast necropolis with around 50 mummies, including pharaonic royalty, in Egypt's famed Valley of the Kings near the temple city of Luxor, officials said on Monday.

Heavy snow dogs 'glacier patrol' competition

Heavy snow dogs 'glacier patrol' competition

Thousands of mountaineering skiers were due to make their final preparations on Tuesday for a gruelling race through the Swiss Alps that is billed as the toughest in the world.

Defence minister under fire for 'sexist' speeches

Defence minister under fire for 'sexist' speeches

Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer is under attack for repeatedly making sexist comments in a gag used to promote the planned purchase of Swedish Gripen fighter jets by the state.

Fed-up expats complain of being 'Switzerlanded’

Fed-up expats complain of being 'Switzerlanded'

An English-language phrase coined by users of the English Forum, a network of expats in Switzerland, is sparking controversy in the mountain country.

Holcim posts plunging profits for first quarter

Holcim posts plunging profits for first quarter

Swiss cement group Holcim, which is poised to merge with French rival Lafarge to create a global concrete behemoth, says that its profits plunged by 58 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year earlier.

Burkhalter urges release of Ukraine observers

Burkhalter urges release of Ukraine observers

Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has condemned the kidnapping of a team of international observers in Ukraine, saying his organization was working "at all levels" to secure their release.

Inside trading 'suspected' in Holcim-Lafarge merger

Inside trading 'suspected' in Holcim-Lafarge merger

The federal prosecutor's office is looking into launching a probe into insider trading linked to the announced merger of cement companies Swiss-based Holcim and French company Lafarge.

Swiss Post sorters steal gadgets worth $114,000

Swiss Post sorters steal gadgets worth $114,000

Swiss Post, operator of the national post office, says two of its former employees stole parcels containing merchandise worth around 100,000 francs ($114,000) from one of its sorting centres near Lausanne in the canton of Vaud.

Expat life inspires Geneva-based writer

Expat life inspires Geneva-based writer

After living in many places, New York-born writer Anne Korkeakivi is now based in Geneva, where she speaks to The Local about how being an expat inspired her first novel, An Unexpected Guest.