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Swiss Alps plane crash leaves all 20 passengers and crew dead

Investigation under way after mid-century JU-Air plane crashed into mountainside A vintage Swiss military airplane, which was saved from being mothballed by a national fundraising campaign, has crashed into a mountain in the Alps, killing all 20 people onboard. The JU-5 2 HB-HOT aircraft, which was constructed in 1939, was flying from Locarno, near Switzerland’s southern border, to airline JU-Air’s base in Dubendorf, a suburbium of Zurich. It crashed into the western peak of Piz Segnas, a 3,000 -metre( 10,000 -ft) mountain above the resort of Flims, in the south-east…

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How Spanish flu helped create Sweden’s modern welfare state

The 1918 pandemic ravaged the remote city of stersund. But its legacy is a city and country well-equipped to deal with 21 st century challenges On 15 September 1918, a 12 -year-old boy named Karl Karlsson who lived just outside Ostersund, Sweden, wrote a short diary entry:” Two who died of Spanish influenza buried today. A few snowflakes in the air .” For all its brevity and matter-of-fact tone, Karlsson’s journal makes grim reading. It is 100 years since a particularly virulent strain of avian flu, known as the Spanish…

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‘I dont want ships to kill me’: Marseille fights cruise liner pollution

Shipping is estimated to account for 10% of city air pollution, and campaigners are targeting cruise industry in particular From his balcony above Marseille’s port, Jean-Pierre Eyraud has a prime position of the giant, luxury Venice and Barcelona. He and other environmentalists in Marseille want to force a move to cleaner energy and to stiffen rules on the levels of ultra-fine particles in the air. Cruise ship engines are kept running all day in port to fulfill the energy needs of the floating hotels. There has been no study on…

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‘It belongs to all of Sarajevo’: reopened cable car lifts city out of the past

The siege of Sarajevo turned vacation place Mount Trebevi into a deadly sniper post. Can the reopening of its famous gondola journey ultimately heal old wounds? P azite, Snajper !– Beware, Sniper!- alerted the signs along the Sarajevo street exposed to marksmen looking through their rifle viewfinders from the top of Mount Trebevic. People would sprint from one side of “sniper’s alley” to the other to deliver supplies to family and friends- demise hot on their heels. The hillside where tens of thousands are applied to expend their Saturdays before…

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