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Mnuchin on Greta's Fossil Fuels Comment: Go to College

Treasury secretary takes a jab at Swedish climate activist at Davos

(Newser) - The person from the Trump administration usually criticizing Greta Thunberg is President Trump himself . On Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, however, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin decided to get in on the action with a jab against the 17-year-old Swedish climate activist. The talk had turned to... More »

At Davos, Trump Talks Up America's 'Blue-Collar Boom'

President also had a lot to say about impeachment trial

(Newser) - On the first day of President Trump's impeachment trial, Republican senators stymied Democrats' attempts to bring additional evidence and witnesses, but on the witness topic, Trump says he actually wants to see those like chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton brought in to... More »

Report: Russian Spies Posed as Plumbers in Davos

Though Russia raises some questions about the report

(Newser) - It sounds like the plot of a movie: Police in Davos, Switzerland, believe Russian spies attempted to infiltrate this week's World Economic Forum by posing as plumbers, according to a local report and the Financial Times . Suspicion first arose when police questioned two Russian men back in August, after... More »

Greta's Davos Warning: 8 Years to Save the Planet

She asks world leaders what they will tell their children when catastrophe strikes

(Newser) - When Greta Thunberg addressed world leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum last year, she memorably told them that "your house is on fire," notes Rolling Stone . This year? "Our house is still on fire," she declared, adding that "your inaction is fueling the flames... More »

Here Are the 10 Best Nations on Earth

According to new rankings out by 'US News & World Report'; the US moves up one spot

(Newser) - This is the fifth year US News & World Report has put out its "Best Countries" report, and one country has dominated every year but one. Switzerland is tops again for 2020, as it was in 2019, 2018, and 2017. The magazine, which worked with the BAV Group and... More »

Crews Find Skiers Hit by Avalanche

A half-dozen were buried in snow in Swiss Alps, but there were no fatalities

(Newser) - An avalanche in the Swiss Alps left six people buried in the snow Thursday. They either managed to get themselves out or were rescued, CNN reports, and two of them were flown to a hospital with minor injuries. A search crew that included 25 skiers and three helicopters scoured a... More »

Someone Just Paid $31M for This Wristwatch

The Patek Philippe auctioned by Christie's is the most expensive wristwatch ever sold

(Newser) - Someone is about to have a very well-adorned wrist. Christie's held its charity Only Watch auction in Geneva on Saturday to help raise money for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an every-other-year event that features dozens of luxury timepieces, and a one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe earned the title of most... More »

45 Years After Stay at Polanski's Chalet, a 'Time Bomb'

Former model claims 'extremely violent' rape at hands of director in 1975, when she was 18

(Newser) - A new accusation has emerged against Roman Polanski, this time from a Frenchwoman who says the film director raped her in 1975, when she was 18. The Guardian reports that former model Valentine Monnier gave her account to Le Parisien , claiming she was staying at Polanski's ski chalet with... More »

Why Irish Politicians Are Seeking to Unearth James Joyce

They want him repatriated by 2022, but it won't be easy

(Newser) - James Joyce could be in for an international move some 70 years after his death. Officials in Ireland hope to dig up the country's "premier writer" in order to repatriate his remains and those of his wife, kept at a Swiss cemetery, before the 100th anniversary of Joyce'... More »

Fighter Jet Display Team Flies Over Wrong Festival

The yodellers were surprised but pleased

(Newser) - Visitors to a yodelling festival in Switzerland were treated to an unexpected fly-by from the country's fighter jet display team—who were flying over the wrong town. The Patrouille Suisse, the equivalent of the US Navy's Blue Angels, were supposed to be flying over a town four miles... More »

Officials: There Won't Be Coffee in a National Crisis

Switzerland is having it removed from the national stockpile

(Newser) - Pity the Swiss: If there's a national emergency, they won't be having coffee. Swiss officials decided last week that coffee will no longer be held in stockpiles in case of an epidemic, natural disaster, war, or other major crisis, USA Today reports. The government report concluded that while... More »

Top 10 Happiest Nations

Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which... More »

Jewels of France's Last Queen Hit Auction Block

Ring, pearl necklaces to be sold Thursday in Switzerland

(Newser) - Let them eat their hearts out. Jewels that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, the extravagant and doomed last queen of France, are set to hit the auction block as part of what Sotheby's calls "one of the most important royal jewellery collections ever to appear on the market.... More »

Ancient Bronze Hand Leaves Archaeologists Perplexed

And leads to a criminal investigation

(Newser) - The hand is a bit smaller than that of an adult and made from roughly a pound of bronze. What it was used for has perplexed archaeologists since it was found in Switzerland last October. At an estimated 3,500 years old, National Geographic calls it "Europe's earliest... More »

Swiss Cops Bust Family in World's Worst Getaway

Austrians hijacked taxi, crashed into boat, hit hedge, plunged off ledge

(Newser) - Note to would-be taxi thieves with poor driving skills: Do not try this at home, or abroad. Swiss police say an Austrian family allegedly hijacked a taxi, crashed into a parked boat, drove through a hedge, and then plunged off a 4-foot-high ledge before trying to escaping on foot. St.... More »

A Beheaded Queen's Jewelry Is Up for Grabs

Pearls worn by Marie Antoinette that haven't been seen in public in 200 years are up for auction

(Newser) - Sotheby's says it will be auctioning off a set of natural pearls that once belonged to the famed—or infamous—French queen Marie Antoinette, and that haven't been seen in public for centuries. The sale of "Royal Jewels From the Bourbon-Parma Family" is set to take place... More »

Scientist, 104, Ends His Life as Planned

David Goodall had traveled to Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal

(Newser) - David Goodall, the 104-year-old Australian scientist who campaigned for the legalization of assisted suicide, died Thursday in Switzerland, Fox News reports. Goodall, who spoke at length on the eve of his death about why he wanted to end his own life, administered a lethal drug under the guidance of doctors... More »

Parting Words From 104-Year-Old on Eve of His Suicide

David Goodall hopes effort to end his life will help others

(Newser) - David Goodall is now in Basel, Switzerland, and he'll only be there one more day: He plans to end his life via assisted suicide on Thursday. Though he welcomes death, the 104-year-old Australian botanist and ecologist hopes his legacy will soon be strengthened by the legalization of assisted suicide... More »

Scientist, 104, 'Resentful' He Has to End His Life Abroad

David Goodall is traveling from Australia to Switzerland for an assisted suicide

(Newser) - Australia's oldest scientist recently celebrated his 104th birthday, but it wasn't a joyous occasion. "I greatly regret having reached that age," David Goodall told ABC Australia in early April. "I'm not happy. I want to die." And that's exactly what Goodall, an... More »

German Billionaire Disappears on Matterhorn

Tengelmann CEO, missing since Saturday, was training for ski race

(Newser) - A "full speed" search is underway for one of Germany's richest men, heir to the Tengelmann supermarket chain, who failed to return from a solo ski excursion in the Swiss Alps on Saturday. An experienced skier, Karl-Erivan Haub was training for a race when he set off from... More »

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