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Rate of net immigration to Switzerland slows

Rate of net immigration to Switzerland slows

Net immigration of foreigners to Switzerland dropped in 2015 from the previous year thanks largely to an exodus of non-Swiss, government figures show.

UN poised to start Syria peace talks in Geneva 'without fail'

UN poised to start Syria peace talks in Geneva 'without fail'

The UN says there is no postponement of Syria peace talks due to start on Friday in Geneva, despite uncertainty around whether the main opposition umbrella group will attend.

Zika virus spreading 'explosively': WHO

Zika virus spreading 'explosively': WHO

The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas and the region may see up to four million cases of the disease strongly suspected of causing birth defects, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Monday.

Swiss rush to support 'sexy' startup trend

Swiss rush to support 'sexy' startup trend

With startups in the Swiss news on an almost daily basis, launching your own business has never been trendier. But exactly how easy does Switzerland make it? The Local's Caroline Bishop finds out.

Roche profits fall due to strong Swiss franc

Roche profits fall due to strong Swiss franc

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche says its net profits in 2015 fell by five percent as a strong Swiss franc ate into the company's robust sales of diagnostics and cancer medications.

Federer falls short against rival Djokovic

Federer falls short against rival Djokovic

Five-time winner Novak Djokovic won a thrilling semifinal battle with Switzerland's Roger Federer to reach his sixth Australian Open final on Thursday.

Memorial set for Swiss victims of Burkina Faso attack

Memorial set for Swiss victims of Burkina Faso attack

The canton of Valais is set to pay hommage on Friday to two prominent Swiss men who were killed in a terrorist attack this month in Burkina Faso's capital that claimed the lives of 30 people.

Lugano's airport forced to close for nine days

Lugano's airport forced to close for nine days

The canton of Ticino's main airport will be forced to close for nine days this autumn for the repaving of its runway.

Three jailed for theft from Swiss jeweller in Cannes

Three jailed for theft from Swiss jeweller in Cannes

Three Algerians were handed jail sentences of up to 14 years on Wednesday for stealing jewellery worth €500,000 from Swiss luxury jeweller Chopard during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.