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Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership — here's why it doesn't have mass shootings

Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership — here's why it doesn't have mass shootingsHere's what the US can learn from Switzerland, which has nearly eliminated mass shootings while maintaining a high rate of gun ownership.



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Britain, Switzerland reach post-Brexit aviation deal

Britain, Switzerland reach post-Brexit aviation dealSwitzerland and Britain signed an agreement Monday guaranteeing that flights between the two countries can continue uninterrupted even if London opts to leave the European Union without a deal with Brussels. “We have managed to ensure a flawless transition, which is in the interest of both of our countries,” Swiss Transportation Minister Doris Leuthard said in a statement after signing the deal in Zurich with her British counterpart Chris Grayling. Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but its relations with Britain are based on a long line of bilateral agreements between Bern and the bloc.



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Switzerland mourns 'visionary and friend' Kofi Annan

Switzerland mourns 'visionary and friend' Kofi AnnanAs tributes flooded in from around the world Sunday for former UN chief Kofi Annan, Switzerland mourned a “visionary” who helped bolster his adopted home’s position as an international diplomatic hub. In Switzerland, where he settled after completing his second term, Annan is meanwhile widely remembered for his many deep friendships and for his contributions to securing the status of the country and especially of Geneva as a centre for world diplomacy. “Kofi Annan was a visionary and a great friend of Switzerland,” Swiss President Alain Berset tweeted out shortly after the announcement Saturday.



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Switzerland mourns 'visionary and friend' Kofi Annan

Switzerland mourns 'visionary and friend' Kofi AnnanAs tributes flooded in from around the world Sunday for former UN chief Kofi Annan, Switzerland mourned a “visionary” who helped bolster his adopted home’s position as an international diplomatic hub. In Switzerland, where he settled after completing his second term, Annan is meanwhile widely remembered for his many deep friendships and for his contributions to securing the status of the country and especially of Geneva as a centre for world diplomacy. “Kofi Annan was a visionary and a great friend of Switzerland,” Swiss President Alain Berset tweeted out shortly after the announcement Saturday.



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Twenty dead in WWII vintage plane crash in Switzerland

Twenty dead in WWII vintage plane crash in SwitzerlandTwenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside at the weekend, police said Sunday. “The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished,” police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference. The 20 Minutes newspaper quoted a witness who was on the mountainside at the time of the crash.



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Vintage plane crash in Switzerland kills all 20 people on board

Vintage plane crash in Switzerland kills all 20 people on boardTwenty people were killed when a vintage aircraft operating a sightseeing flight over Switzerland crashed into the Alps over the weekend. There were no survivors, Swiss police announced yesterday (SUN) as a search and rescue operation was called off. The historic Junckers Ju-52 propellor plane disppeared on Saturday afternoon after taking off from Locarno in southern Switzerland on its way to a military airfield near Zurich. On board were three crew members and 17 passengers aged between 42 and 84 who had paid for the chance to travel on the 1930s-era aircraft. Among the passengers were an Austrian couple travelling with their grown-up son. The rest were believed to be Swiss. Locator: WWII vintage plane crash The wreckage of the aircraft was found 8,330 feet above sea level near Piz Segnas in the remote and rugged mountains of eastern Switzerland. “Based on the situation at the crash site we can say that the aircraft hit the ground almost vertically at a relatively high speed,” Daniel Knecht, head of aviation at the Swiss Accident Investigation Board, told a press conference on Sunday The cause of the accident is unclear, but investigators said they could not rule out a link to the current heatwave in Europe. “What we can rule out at this point is a mid-air collision before the crash, either with another aircraft or with some other obstacle such as a cable,” Mr Knehct said. There was no indication of any external interference with the flight, he added.  Wreckage of the old-time propeller plane Ju 52  Credit: AP Although the Junckers aircraft was almost 80 years old, it was serviced after every 35 hours of flying time and was believed to be in good condition after its most recent service at the end of July. Both pilots were experienced and had flown for regular civilian airlines and the Swiss air force. An investigation into the cause of the crash is likely to be complicated and take considerable time. The historic aircraft was not fitted with a black box or other modern data recording devices that could help explain what happened. The German-made Junckers Ju-52 was first produced in 1932 and was one of the earliest civilian passenger aircraft. During the 1930s it was the most widely used aircraft type in Europe. Affectionaly known in German as Tante Ju, or Auntie Ju, Ju-52s are chiefly remembered in Switzerland for providing a lifeline to parts of the country that were cut off by heavy avalances in 1952. A general view of the accident site of a Junkers Ju-52 airplane Credit: REUTERS The plane involved in the crash was being operated by Ju-Air, a Swiss company that specialises in sightseeing flights using historic aircraft. It had previously been used for tourist flights in Germany. Ju-Air said on Sunday it had suspended all operations until further notice in the wake of the crash. “The Ju-Air team is deeply saddened and our thoughts are with the passengers, the crew and families and friends of the victims,” the company said in a statement posted on its website. In a separate incident a family of four were killed when their light aircraft crashed near Lucerne, in central Switzerland, on Saturday. The family was from the local area. Two children were among the dead. 



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Iran's president is in Switzerland, nuclear deal in mind

Iran's president is in Switzerland, nuclear deal in mindZURICH (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani began a two-day visit to Switzerland on Monday that was expected to focus on salvaging progress from the nuclear deal the United States left.



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Australian centenarian commits assisted suicide in Switzerland

Australian centenarian commits assisted suicide in SwitzerlandA 104-year-old Australian scientist on Thursday committed assisted suicide in Switzerland where he went to die after his home country denied him the right to seek help in taking his own life. David Goodall did not have a terminal illness but said his quality of life had deteriorated significantly and that he wanted to end it. Goodall “died peacefully” in Basel, tweeted Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International, the organisation which helped Goodall make the journey from Australia.



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Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland

Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in SwitzerlandLIESTAL, Switzerland (AP) — A 104-year-old Australian biologist who drew international attention to his right-to-die case ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday, an advocacy group said.



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104-year-old Australian scientist dies after flying to Switzerland to end his life

104-year-old Australian scientist dies after flying to Switzerland to end his lifeAustralia's oldest scientist has died after flying to Switzerland to end his life by assisted suicide. Despite not having a terminal illness, David Goodall, who was 104, believed his quality of life had deteriorated and he secured a fast-track appointment with an assisted dying agency in Basel, reigniting the end-of-life debate.  An assisted suicide group confirmed this afternoon the scientist had passed away and doctors told MailOnline his last words were: "This is taking an awful long time." Prof Goodall's family were at his bedside when he flicked a switch to send the lethal injection coursing round his body.  Beethoven's Ode to Joy played as his relatives wept and the world-renowned ecologist closed his eyes and died within two minutes.   Prof Goodall with Carol O'Neill of Exit International, which advocates for voluntary euthanasia Credit: Exit International/GoFundMe The 104-year-old was meant to turn a wheel to release the Nembutal, but when he couldn't do it, doctors replaced it with a switch.  This meant he had to be asked mandatory questions for a second time, including his name, his date of birth, why he was at the clinic and what he understood would happen to him, to which he replied: "'I hope my heart stops," according to MailOnline.  Talking to ABC on his 104th birthday in April, the ecologist said: "I greatly regret having reached that age. "I'm not happy. I want to die. It's not sad particularly. What is sad is if one is prevented. "My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide." Prof Goodall made headlines in 2016 when his university tried to force him from his role on the grounds that, at the age of 102, he was no longer fit to be on campus. Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries around the world and was banned in Australia until the state of Victoria became the first to legalise the practice last year. But that legislation, which takes effect from June 2019, only applies to terminally ill patients of sound mind and a life expectancy of less than six months. At the age of 104, David Goodall said he was ready to die despite not having a terminal illness Credit: Exit International/AFP Other states in Australia have debated euthanasia in the past, but the proposals have always been defeated, mostly recently in New South Wales state last year. Exit International, which helped Mr Goodall make the trip, said a the beginning of the month it was unjust that one of Australia's "oldest and most prominent citizens should be forced to travel to the other side of the world to die with dignity". Assisted Dying  "A peaceful, dignified death is the entitlement of all who want it. And a person should not be forced to leave home to achieve it," it said on its website. The group then launched a GoFundMe campaign to get plane tickets for Goodall and his helper upgraded to business class from economy. Prof Goodall, an honorary research associate at Perth's Edith Cowan University, fought attempts to banish him from the campus two years ago. After an uproar and support from scientists globally, the decision was reversed. He produced dozens of research papers and until recently continued to review and edit for different ecology journals.



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