On Wednesday, Switzerland was named 'the best country in the world' for the third year in a row because of factors including its economic and political stability. But we at The Local believe there are plenty of other (more surprising) reasons why the country is so great. Here are just seven of them. So it has happened again: Switzerland has once more been named the 'best country' in the world in the annual Best Countries report – a joint project by digital news service US News & World Report, marketing company Y&R and the Wharton School. Giving their reasons, the people behind the survey-based ranking cited the usual suspects like the country's enticing tax rates and its excellent public health and education systems. Bur while there is no denying factors like these are key in making Switzerland a great place to live, we at The Local believe there are plenty of other reasons why Switzerland deserves the "best country" crown. Here we take a (sometimes … [Read more...] about The REAL reasons why Switzerland is the best country in the world
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OVER 100 hero Millies nominees were today hailed the “best in the world” at a special Downing Street reception. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson hosted sailors, soldiers and airmen, plus the civilians who support them at the PM’s residence ahead of tonight’s glittering Sun Military Awards. They have all displayed jaw-dropping “courage and heroism” over the last year in acts of bravery and dedication. Unfortunately the PM was unable to host the special drinks bash after she raced to Brussels hours earlier to thrash out a Brexit deal in Brussels. But a special message from the PM – who yesterday won her leadership confidence vote – was read by Williamson to over 120 nominees. It said: “I want to wish everyone the very best of luck for tonight’s Millies awards. “Like people up and down the country, I am always deeply struck by the courage and heroism of those nominated for these awards. “You show so clearly why our … [Read more...] about Armed forces heroes in Millies hailed ‘best in the world’ at Downing Street bash
THE Sun Military Awards are back to salute the finest Armed Forces in the world, who have again performed jaw-dropping heroics at home and around the globe. Today we showcase the elite, shortlisted by judges from hundreds of readers’ nominations. The winners, revealed tonight at Banqueting House in London, were picked by a judging panel of former top brass, Forces’ supporters and celebs. One extra award, selected by the panel, will be unveiled at tonight’s ceremony.Hero at home: unit RAF Mountain Rescue Service: This year, the RAF Mountain Rescue Service celebrated 75 years of life-saving heroics. It was created during World War Two to save downed aircrew in remote and inhospitable corners of the UK. Top brass were learning to their dismay that pilots were surviving the crash, then falling victim to the harsh environment – so the service was born. During this year, the team of volunteers has responded to 66 call-outs. They have come to the rescue of injured … [Read more...] about Here are the selfless heroes nominated for The Sun Military Awards as we salute the finest Armed Forces in the world
World Adultery is no longer a crime in India, following another landmark ruling by the country’s top court. It is the second time this month that the country’s Supreme Court has overturned a colonial-era law, after gay sex was decriminalized. On Thursday, India’s Chief Justice Dipak Misra ruled that although adultery could be grounds for divorce, he said "it cannot be a criminal offense," the Times of India reported. There are no statistics available on convictions but under the now abolished law, a man could be fined or jailed for up to five years for adultery. Recommended Slideshows 76 The Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 59 The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World Women could not file a complaint nor be held liable for adultery themselves. The court said the 158-year-old law deprived women of dignity and individual choice. The case arose after Indian … [Read more...] about India Decriminalizes Adultery But Where Else In The World Is It Still A Crime?
World International Affairs The U.S. military has conducted rare, large-scale exercises with allied Syrian rebels at a time when Washington was urging Russia and Iran to restrain their ally from pursuing a major operation against an Islamist-led insurgency elsewhere in the country. Colonel Muhanad al-Talaa, commander of the Pentagon-sponsored Maghawir al-Thawra rebel group, told Reuters on Thursday that his forces had just completed the first training of its kind with the U.S. military, which oversaw saw hundreds of insurgents and U.S. troops participate in eight days of simulated assaults from land and air. He said the drills "have a big importance and have beefed up the defenses of the area and raised the combat capabilities and morale and that of civilians" in the U.S.-controlled deconfliction zone around Al-Tanf in southern Syria. The CIA was forced to abandon its support for fighters seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an ally of Russia and Iran, as the … [Read more...] about U.S. Tells Russia and Iran Not to Attack in Syria, Conducts Major Military Drills