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Sophia Loren, 89, Takes a Fall at Her Swiss Home

Movie legend is now recuperating after surgery for a leg fracture 'went very well'

(Newser) - Film legend Sophia Loren is recovering from successful surgery for a leg fracture after she fell in her Switzerland home, an agent for the 89-year-old Italian actor said Monday. Agent Andrea Giusti said in an email that Loren fell in a bathroom on Sunday and that the surgery was performed...

It's an 'Archaeological Sensation' in Switzerland

2K-year-old Roman walls found alongside gold fragments, other evidence of wealth

(Newser) - Some 2,000-year-old walls, thought to have once protected a Roman building complex with an epic view, have emerged in the foothills of the Swiss Alps. "The discovery is an archaeological sensation for the canton (state) of Zug and will provide important insights into the Romans in the pre-Alpine...

Art Museum Cashier Guilty of Stealing $1.1M
Cashier Scammed
Museum for $1.1M

Cashier Scammed Museum for $1.1M

Swiss woman had many ways to skim money from ticket sales at art museum

(Newser) - A woman who worked at Switzerland's most popular art museum appears to have been the Rembrandt of scammers. The 54-year-old was found guilty Friday of stealing more than $1.1 million from the Beyeler Foundation museum near Basel between 2008 and 2019, the New York Times reports. Authorities said...

As Glacier Ice Melted, Another Grisly Find

Cops say body found near Matterhorn is German mountaineer who went missing 37 years ago

(Newser) - DNA tests have confirmed that the body recently found on a glacier southeast of the famed Matterhorn peak is that of a German mountaineer who disappeared 37 years ago, police in southwestern Switzerland said Thursday. Increasing glacier melt, which many scientists blame on global warming, has spurred a recent increase...

Unfortunately for Rescuers, Lightning Struck Twice

Two people were zapped helping Swiss victims of earlier lightning strike; they weren't seriously hurt

(Newser) - Everyone knows lightning never strikes twice. But a Swiss police officer and a helicopter pilot now beg to differ with that old saw. Both were zapped while helping two victims of an earlier lightning strike, reports the Local . Fortunately, the two rescuers were not seriously hurt, say police. As the...

Alarmed by Melting Glaciers, Swiss Vote for Climate Steps

Referendum sets 2050 deadline for achieving 'net zero' emissions

(Newser) - Swiss voters on Sunday approved a bill aimed at introducing climate measures to sharply curb the rich Alpine nation's greenhouse gas emissions. Final results released by public broadcaster SRF showed that 59.1% of voters were in favor of the bill, while 40.9% voted against. The referendum was...

Huge Rock Slide Misses Village by a Whisker

Residents of Brienz, Switzerland, evacuated last month, just in case

(Newser) - Residents of the tiny Swiss village of Brienz had to evacuate last month because geologists feared a massive rock slide was imminent. The geologists were proved to be correct overnight Thursday, though the massive rock slide stopped short of the village by a matter of feet. Remarkable images show the...

Cyclist's Death Rocks the Tour de Suisse

Gino Mader, 26, of Switzerland collided with US rider Magnus Sheffield during steep descent

(Newser) - A Swiss cyclist has died following a brutal crash with an American rider during the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse. With less than 10 miles left in the 131-mile leg, Gino Mäder, 26, collided with Magnus Sheffield at high speed while descending the Albula Pass toward La...

Boat Disaster Kills 4, Including Intel Agents, Captain's Wife

Vessel with more than 20 tourists capsizes in severe weather near Italy-Switzerland border

(Newser) - A boat ride on a lake that crosses the Italy-Switzerland border turned tragic Sunday when a severe storm hit, sending 20-plus passengers overboard, killing four, including the boat captain's wife, Anya Bozhkova. The BBC reports that two of the victims were in Italian intelligence—62-year-old Claudio Alonzi and Tiziana...

Villagers Told to Get Out Before Mountain Falls

There's a 10% chance Swiss village could be buried in the coming days

(Newser) - Residents of the small Swiss village of Brienz have been told to get out before a mountain falls on their heads. Geologists say a large chunk of the mountain that looms over the village is unstable, and that more than 70 million cubic feet of dirt and rocks could fall...

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth

This Is the
Nation on Earth

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth

The honors go to Finland, per annual World Happiness Report; US comes in 15th

(Newser) - It may be cold in the Nordic countries, but residents' hearts are warm. At least, that's what the 10th annual World Happiness Report found during this year's ranking of 137 nations. Per the Verge , the report—which uses study data and self-assessed life evaluations—found that we've...

Cheese Ruling a 'Significant Win' for US Dairy Farmers

Cheese made in US can be labeled 'Gruyere,' to chagrin of dairy farmers from France, Switzerland

(Newser) - Feel free to call that Alpine-style cheese from Wisconsin "Gruyere." That's according to a US appeals court, which ruled last week that the label can be used for cheese made not only in the Swiss-French region it's named after, but also for cheese made in the...

17th-Century Paintings Sent for Cleaning Now 'Untraceable'

Swiss museum suspects 2 'Old Master' artworks were stolen

(Newser) - Switzerland's biggest art museum says two "Old Master" paintings from the 17th century are missing and theft is a definite possibility. The Kunsthaus Zurich says the two paintings— Robert van den Hoecke’s "Soldiers in the Camp" and Dirck de Bray's "Daffodils and Other Flowers...

Portugal Rolls on 3 Goals by Ronaldo's Replacement

6-1 victory over Switzerland sends Portugal to quarterfinals against Morocco

(Newser) - With Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, the superstar striker's replacement scored a hat trick to lead Portugal over Switzerland 6-1 and into the World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday. Goncalo Ramos, a 21-year-old forward who made his Portugal debut as a substitute last month, started for the first time for...

Check Out the World's Longest Passenger Train

1.2-mile-long train run by Switzerland's Rhaetian Railway took 8 months to prep

(Newser) - A Swiss railway company claimed the record for the world's longest passenger train over the weekend with a trip on one of the most spectacular tracks through the Alps. The Rhaetian Railway company ran the 1.2-mile-long train composed of 100 coaches along the Albula/Bernina route from Preda to...

Swiss Alps Are Melting Faster Than Ever: Study

Ice volume has decreased 6% in 2022, experts say

(Newser) - Switzerland's glaciers are melting like never before, an academic study released Wednesday found, with their ice volume declining by 6% this year, which included a summer heat wave that swept across Europe. The Swiss Academy of Sciences reported that the shrinkage of ice in the country's glaciers topped...

Lawyer: Director Died by Assisted Suicide

Jean-Luc Godard decided to say, 'Now, it’s enough,' lawyer says

(Newser) - Moviemaking legend Jean-Luc Godard died Tuesday —and it was his decision to do so, lawyer Patrick Jeanneret says. Jeanneret says the 91-year-old French-Swiss director died by assisted suicide in Switzerland, where he had lived for decades, the Guardian reports. The lawyer told AFP Godard "had recourse to legal...

A Genius of Film Is Dead
A Genius of
Film Is Dead

A Genius of Film Is Dead

French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard dies at 91

(Newser) - Jean-Luc Godard, the ingenious "enfant terrible" of the French New Wave who revolutionized popular cinema in 1960 with his debut feature Breathless and stood for years as one of the world's most vital and provocative directors, has died, French media reported, per the AP . He was 91. Godard...

Melting Swiss Glaciers Reveal Bodies, Crashed Plane

Hikers may have found body of missing billionaire

(Newser) - Switzerland's melting glaciers have been giving up grim secrets amid Europe's heat wave. Two bodies have been found in recent weeks, along with the remains of a plane that crashed in 1968, the Guardian reports. A police spokesman said Monday that climbers scaling the Chessjen glacier found the...

No One Knows for Sure What Country This Is
No One Knows for Sure
What Country This Is
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No One Knows for Sure What Country This Is

Melting glacier leaves Alps lodge at center of border dispute between Italy and Switzerland

(Newser) - In 1984, a lodge was built high up in the Pennine Alps in what was then Italy. Now most of it is technically part of Switzerland, though its manager—at the center of an international border dispute—will refute that. The alpine border between the two countries has been traditionally...

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