Eurovision winner Nemo urges Switzerland to recognise third gender
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by Ashifa Kassam European community affairs correspondent
1w ago
First non-binary person to win song contest calls for home country to allow third-gender entries on official documents Nemo Mettler’s operatic, drum’n’bass-propelled entry won Eurovision for Switzerland last weekend, making the singer the first person who identifies as non-binary to triumph at the song contest. Now the performer has their sights set on another milestone: convincing the Swiss authorities to allow non-binary designations on official documents ..read more
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Eurovision 2024: everything we learned – from the Abba swizz to the UK’s wild unpopularity
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by Michael Hogan
2w ago
Why did Olly Alexander fall flat in the public vote? Why didn’t Abba show up? And how did the trophy get smashed? It was the most politically charged Eurovision song contest in memory – but it was won by a famously neutral nation. As the glittery dust settles from Saturday night in Malmö, here’s what we learned ..read more
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Northern lights captured in timelapse footage across Europe and US – video
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2w ago
Videos filmed across the northern hemisphere show skies illuminated by the aurora borealis. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US said the 'very rare event' was caused by a large sunspot cluster that has produced several moderate to strong solar flares since Wednesday morning. That meant the lights could be seen further south than usual Northern lights dazzle over UK, Europe and across the hemisphere ..read more
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Clashes and arrests as pro-Palestinian protests spread across European campuses
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by Ashifa Kassam and agencies
2w ago
Students set up encampments at universities across continent as they call for ceasefire in Israel-Gaza war See all our Middle East crisis coverage Student protests demanding that universities sever ties with Israel over the Gaza war have spread across Europe, sparking clashes and arrests as new demonstrations broke out in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria. Students at various European universities, inspired by ongoing demonstrations at US campuses, have been occupying halls and facilities, demanding an end to partnerships with Israeli institutions because of Israel’s ..read more
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‘He growls death metal in his pants!’ The Eurovision 2024 bangers to watch out for
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by Alexis Petridis
3w ago
From a man with a mullet letting off fireworks to a Slovenian witch, this year’s Eurovision has some of the wildest entries ever The bookies’ favourite, and you can see why. For one thing, it addresses a hot-button social issue – the lyrics deal with Nemo Mettler’s non-binary gender identity – that’s also very Eurovision-friendly. In 1998, Eurovision had a transgender winner, Dana International, 34 years before Kim Petras became the first transgender woman to top the UK and US chart with Unholy. More importantly, it’s that rare thing, an original-sounding Eurovision entry that’s charmingly pre ..read more
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Mining industry braces for multi-billion pound Anglo American bidding war
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by Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent
3w ago
Glencore understood to be considering takeover offer while BHP could move again after initial rejection The global mining industry is braced for a multi-billion pound bidding war for Anglo American amid growing speculation that mining companies are preparing rival bids. The Australian miner BHP is understood to have sent senior executives to Anglo’s base in South Africa to meet key company stakeholders after an initial offer of £31bn was rebuffed by Anglo’s board last week ..read more
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Georgians arrested over cross-Europe thefts of rare library books
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by Lisa O'Carroll and Philip Oltermann
1M ago
Suspects alleged to have posed as academics to access books and replace them with copies, says Europol Police have arrested nine Georgians suspected of running a sophisticated criminal operation stealing valuable antique books – including an original Alexander Pushkin manuscript – from national libraries across Europe. Shelves of 19th-century Russian-language literature had been ransacked over two years across several countries and replaced with fakes, Europol, the EU police agency, revealed on Thursday ..read more
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US man returns from Europe to $143,000 T-Mobile bill for using phone overseas
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by Guardian staff
1M ago
Gigantic bill apparently reflected using 9.5 gigabytes of data on a phone that had not been set up for international roaming A Florida man was stunned to come back from a European trip and – upon checking his phone bill – realize that he had been charged a staggering $143,000 by his phone company for using his device while overseas. ABC Action News reported that Rene Remund and his wife had toured Switzerland last September and had even gone to a T-Mobile store to share his travel plan with his phone provider before leaving ..read more
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Nestlé adds sugar to infant milk sold in poorer countries, report finds
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by Kat Lay Global health correspondent
1M ago
Swiss food firm’s infant formula and cereal sold in global south ignore WHO anti-obesity guidelines for Europe, says Public Eye Nestlé, the world’s largest consumer goods company, adds sugar and honey to infant milk and cereal products sold in many poorer countries, contrary to international guidelines aimed at preventing obesity and chronic diseases, a report has found. Campaigners from Public Eye, a Swiss investigative organisation, sent samples of the Swiss multinational’s baby-food products sold in Asia, Africa and Latin America to a Belgian laboratory for testing ..read more
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How Swiss women won a landmark climate case for Europe - podcast
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by Presented by Hannah Moore with Isabella Kaminski; produced by Tom Glasser, George McDonagh and Solomon King; executive producer Elizabeth Cassin
1M ago
Last week a group of older women successfully challenged the Swiss government’s climate policies at the European court of human rights. Isabella Kaminski reports “It took me a while until the penny dropped that we’d actually won.” Elisabeth Stern, 76, is a climate activist with the KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz (Senior Women for Climate Protection Switzerland), a campaign group of 2,400 older Swiss women ..read more
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