Police treat killing of elderly girl in Paris as antisemitic attack

Two suspects apprehended after Mireille Knoll, 85, was found dead in her flat on Friday French examiners are treating the killing of an 85 -year-old Jewish woman in Paris as an antisemitic assassination, after it emerged that she had survived France’s most notorious second world war round up of Jews in 1942. Mireille Knoll lived […]

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Wheeling the axe: Prague to ban bikes from historic squares and streets

Cyclists will soon be banned from historic central places in the Czech capital by officials quoting pedestrian security yet 1,000 autoes will not Standing astride his bike in Prague’s storied Wenceslas Square, Jakub Panek waxes lyrical about the elations of cycling to work in one of Europe’s most historic and enchanting cities. ” There have […]

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German ministry under flame over ‘sexist’ bike safety ad

Demands to halt campaign featuring model wearing a helmet and merely underwear An advertising campaign by Germany’s transport ministry to persuade cyclists to wear helmets has sparked accusations of sexism, as it features a model wearing just a helmet and underwear. With the motto:” Seems like shit. But saves my life ,” the advert features […]

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‘Bike country No 1’: Dutch go electric in record numbers

E-bikes now outsell standard bicycles in Netherlands, with quality prized more than price In what was already a long-running purple patch for the Dutch cycle industry, domestic marketings records have been broken in the last 12 months despite spiralling costs, as technological developments push the standard push-bike into the annals of history. The Dutch love […]

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Why we can’t have nice things: dockless motorcycles and the tragedy of the commons

Behind this bucolic industry is a multibillion-dollar battle between Chinas big tech companies and Silicon Valley, and the nightmare of vandals and parking If there is one sad fact that technology has taught us, it’s maybe that we just can’t have nice things. Now Washington DC has become the latest testing ground for what happens […]

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No reputation , no fuss: eight heroes of 2016

From the man who tackled the Nice truck killer to the women who opened their homes to those in peril, there are plenty of good people out there The Donald Trump victory, the fallout from Brexit, warnings about the return of fascism in Europe, the assault on Aleppo and the unabated refugee crisis. For many […]

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‘World’s best chef’ Benoit Violier found dead

Chef who operated the the acclaimed Swiss Restaurant de lHotel de Ville in Crissier has died in an apparent suicide French-Swiss chef Benoit Violier, whose Swiss restaurant was named the best in the world in December, has been found dead at his home in an apparent suicide. Violier, 44, ran the Restaurant de lHotel de […]

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The world is in Quito to discuss cities- but are local voices heard at Habitat III?

As many as 45,000 people are gathered in Ecuadors capital for the UNs future of cities summit. Inside the fencing, speakers say greater inclusivity will make better cities for all but elsewhere in Quito, some residents are feeling shut out On a rare patch of open grass amid the vertiginous slopes of the river Machngara […]

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Cyclist set to finish record-breaking ‘around the world in 80 days’ cycle a day early

British athlete Mark Beaumont is expected to complete his world tour on Monday after 79 days in the saddle, smashing the previous record of 123 days Endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont is expected to arrive in Paris on Monday 18 September, 79 days after defining off on his attempt to cycle around the world in 80 […]

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