Low rainfall and searing temperatures this July have seen the Swiss Army using high-tech helicopters to deliver much needed water to the country's parched cows.
Authorities in Zurich have refused to give the go-ahead to a Islamic kindergarten over fears it will be "too religious".
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis reported $4.1 billion (€3.8 billion) in income for the first half of the year, down 20 percent, due largely to a stronger dollar.
Geneva's far-from-iconic Hotel Nash Ville is to be reduced to rubble, a move that is unlikely to be mourned by the establishment's many detractors.
UPDATED: A Russian woman died on Monday after being hit in the neck by the board of a professional Swiss windsurfer on the popular tourist island.
The Swiss-German founder of Berlin experimental band Cluster and Krautrock supergroup Harmonia died on Monday, leaving behind a long legacy of musical innovation.