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Here’s Where Europe’s Wealthiest People Live

UBS and Wealth-X have teamed up again to produce the World Ultra Wealth Report for 2014, totting up the number of people with $30 million or more (£19.1 million). The number of mega-wealthy Europeans is up to over 60,000 this year, and UBS have got a map showing the cities they live in.

There’s a huge amount of information in the report: you might be surprised to learn that Germany has far more ultra-high net worth (UHNW) residents than the UK. With a population only 25% higher than the UK, Germany has 65% more super-wealthy people, and nearly a third of Europe’s total.

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Trump will deliver a ‘very carrot-and-stick’ address to billionaires and world leaders at Davos

  • President Donald Trump is set to address a crowd of billionaires, world leaders, and reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and an unnamed official told Axios he was likely to deliver an address unlike anything heard there before.
  • Last year at the conference, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a sweeping defense of globalization. Trump is expected to do the opposite.

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Switzerland funicular: World’s steepest railway opens

The world’s steepest funicular railway has opened to the public in Switzerland.

Specially constructed cylindrical carriages have been used to ensure that passengers can stay upright.

The floors tilt, adjusting to the slope as the funicular climbs 110m (360ft) over a distance of 100m at the steepest point.

The railway runs from the town of Schwyz up to the car-free Alpine village of Stoos.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Stoos Bahn”

The Stoos Bahn took 14 years to build – two years longer than scheduled – at a cost of 52m Swiss francs (£40m; $53m).

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Universe shouldn’t exist, CERN physicists conclude

A super-precise measurement shows proton and antiproton have identical magnetic properties, writes Cathal O’Connell.

One of the great mysteries of modern physics is why antimatter did not destroy the universe at the beginning of time.

To explain it, physicists suppose there must be some difference between matter and antimatter – apart from electric charge. Whatever that difference is, it’s not in their magnetism, it seems.

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Take the High Route: The Best High Elevation Hikes Around the World

Taking the high route involves more preparation, both physically and mentally. Our list below of some of the world’s best high elevation hikes will take you to new heights while also possibly allowing you to discover something you didn’t know about yourself.

Inca Trail, Peru

Machu Picchu

While there are other trails that can get you to the famous archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu, none or more famous than the Inca Trail. While you can get to the mythical citadel without making the trek, you will miss out on imposing mountain passes, snow capped peaks visible along the route, cloud forest high in the Andes and the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Inca. The 3-4 day trek can only be done with an approved outfitter and there are limits on the number of people allowed on the trail daily. Plan early as slots fill up fast.

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Climbing to the rooftop of Africa can be a daunting task. While multiple routes exist to summit the continent’s highest peak (19,340 feet), the Machame and Marangu routes are the most popular. The trek can can between 7-8 days depending on the route and will take you through a multitude of ecosystems from tropical jungle to glacial snowfields on your way to the summit. If you desire to see the the snow atop the peak, you better hurry as they are expected to be completely gone within the next decade.

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Mount Everest Nepal

Whether you have a desire to climb the world’s highest peak, making the trek to Everest Base Camp can afford you to walk among giants with views of Mount Everest being the highlight. The route will take you from Lukla, Nepal through beautiful forests, numerous villages and will take you over 19,000 feet before descending back down to EBC. The trek takes about two weeks so allow yourself ample time on the front end of your trip to stay and tour Kathmandu.

Snowman Trek, Bhutan

Taktsang Palphug Monastery, The Tigers Nest, Bhutan

Taktsang Palphug Monastery, The Tigers Nest, Bhutan

Crossing more than 10 passes above 14,000 feet (and some at 18,000 feet), this trek will take more than three weeks and is considered to be one of the most difficult in the world. Located along the Tibet-Bhutan border, this journey will take the most experienced of hikers to Buddhist monasteries perched on the side of cliffs along with experiencing some of the most dramatic landscapes you will ever witness.

Tour du Mont Blanc – France, Switzerland, and Italy

Mont Blanc to Switzerland

As the name implies, this ambitious trek encircles the Mont Blanc massif taking trekkers from France to Italy to Switzerland and back to France. Some 20,000 hikers attempt this adventure each year. While the trek can seem imposing, the trail is well marked, has multiple lodging options, and doesn’t require any real technical skills.

More than 100 police are hunting a man who lives in the woods over a chainsaw attack on a health insurance firm in Switzerland

More than 100 Swiss police officers are hunting an alleged chainsaw attacker who injured five people at the offices of a health insurance company on Monday morning.

Officials in Schaffhausen, a mid-sized town near the German border, are searching for Franz Wrousis, a 51-year-old whom they described as an aggressive man who mainly lives in the woods.

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Professor is jailed for six years for using Emory University Wi-Fi to download 8,000 images of child porn

  • Kevin M Sullivan, 61, of Atlanta has also been fined $15,000 for his actions
  • He was using his personal laptop on the college’s internet system for access
  • The banned photographs were being hosted on an illegal site in Switzerland
  • Agents were tipped off by Swiss authorities who moved in to shut down the site

A professor has been jailed for six years for using the Emory University Wi-Fi download 8,000 images of child porn.

Kevin M Sullivan of Atlanta tried to cover his tracks by using his personal computer on the college’s internet system.

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