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Pink Panthers' female member jailed ten years

Pink Panthers' female member jailed ten years

A 45-year-old woman linked to the Pink Panthers gang who aided armed holdups of jewellery shops in the Swiss mountain resort of Verbier and three other locations was sentenced by a Lausanne criminal court on Monday to ten years in jail.

EU regulators approve Holcim-Lafarge merger

EU regulators approve Holcim-Lafarge merger

EU anti-trust regulators on Monday cleared the merger of French giant Lafarge with Swiss rival Holcim to form the world's biggest cement group after both sold parts of their business to meet competition concerns.

Swiss chocolate café at centre of hostage drama

Swiss chocolate café at centre of hostage drama

UPDATED: A café owned by Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli was thrust into the centre of international news by a hostage-taking incident on Monday that ended in a hail of gunfire leaving three people dead and four injured in downtown Sydney, Australia.

Swiss tally ex-residents fighting as jihadists

Swiss tally ex-residents fighting as jihadists

Twenty-two people have left Switzerland to fight abroad as jihadists since May, including eight in the past fortnight, the Swiss intelligence agency said on Monday.

US and Iran resume nuclear talks in Geneva

Senior officials from the United States and Iran resumed talks on Monday over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, a diplomatic source said, three weeks after world powers missed a deadline for reaching a deal.

Basel and Young Boys draw tough opponents

Basel and Young Boys draw tough opponents

FC Basel will face one of Portugal’s top teams, FC Porto, as the draw for the final 16 in the Champions League football playoffs was unveiled on Monday.

Introducing The Local's brand new logo

Introducing The Local's brand new logo

The Local has been providing news in English from around Europe for ten years. To mark this milestone, we are delighted to unveil our fresh new logo. Paul Rapacioli explains.

German TV show popular with Swiss bows out

German TV show popular with Swiss bows out

One of German-speaking Switzerland's most popular TV shows, Germany's "Wetten Das", bowed out at the weekend after 33 years with a three-and-a half hour extravaganza featuring Hollywood actor Ben Stiller.

Federer and Gisin named top Swiss sport figures

Federer and Gisin named top Swiss sport figures

Tennis star Roger Federer was elected Swiss sportsman of the year for the sixth time on Sunday night at a televised Zurich gala, while Olympic gold medal skier Dominique Gisin was voted the country’s top sportswoman for 2014.