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The world’s most liveable cities have been revealed



Vienna is officially the most liveable city in the world

Vienna has taken out the top spot as most liveable city in the world, with the Austrian capital making a comeback from their 12th position last year.

Former number one, Auckland, has slid down the rankings to 34 because of harsh COVID-19 restrictions.

The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked 173 cities based on healthcare, culture, environment, stability and infrastructure.

“Vienna, which slipped to 12th place in our rankings in early 2021 as its museums and restaurants were closed, has since rebounded to first place, the position it held in 2018 and 2019,” the report says.

10. Osaka and Melbourne

The two cities share tenth place, with both placing worse than they did in 2021.

Melbourne, Australia
Osaka, Japan

9. Amsterdam

Amsterdam joins the top 10, despite not making it last year.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

8. Toronto

Toronto was last in the top 10 in 2019 where it sat at seventh place. It did not rank in the top 10 last year.

Toronto, Canada

7. Frankfurt

The German city did not make it in the top 10 last year.

Frankfurt, Germany

6. Geneva

Geneva climbs up by one spot from last year. In 2021, they shared 8th place with Melbourne.

Geneva, Switzerland

5. Vancouver

Vancouver frequently appears on the top 10. From 2002 to 2010, the city was the most liveable city in the world. Although it was not on the top 10 list last year, it is now sitting at number five.

Vancouver, Canada

4. Calgary

Calgary is the third Canadian city to make the list. It was tenth in 2019.

Calgary, Canada

3. Zurich

The Swiss city has climbed up four spots to number three, after being previously positioned at seventh in 2021.

Zurich, Switzerland

2. Copenhagen

In number two, Denmark’s capital has climbed all the way up to the near top.

Copenhagen, Denmark (Pexels)

1. Vienna

Vienna returns as the most liveable city in the world for 2022. The Austrian capital was number one in 2019 but did not appear in the top 10 last year.

Vienna, Austria (Pixabay)

Cities that have been plagued by war and corruption, like Kyiv and Beirut, were not included in this year’s rankings.

Katerina Kostakos contributed to this article

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U.S. fighters shoot down Chinese spy balloon – now what?



U.S. military fighter aircraft shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon as it floated off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, drawing to a close a dramatic saga that shone a spotlight on worsening Sino-U.S. relations.

“We successfully took it down, and I want to compliment our aviators who did it,” President Joe Biden said.

Biden said he had issued an order on Wednesday to take down the balloon, but the Pentagon had recommended waiting until it could be done over open water to safeguard civilians from debris crashing down to Earth from thousands of feet (meters) above commercial air traffic.

China has mounted “the largest intelligence operation in the history of the human race” against the US and Australia, a former top US intelligence official has warned, as the US military shot down a Chinese spy balloon as it neared the Atlantic coast above the Carolinas.

Multiple fighter and refueling aircraft were involved in the mission, but only one — an F-22 fighter jet from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia — took the shot at 2:39 p.m. (1939 GMT), using a single AIM-9X supersonic, heat-seeking, air-to-air missile, a senior U.S. military official said.

The balloon was shot down about six nautical miles off the U.S. coast, over relatively shallow water, potentially aiding efforts to recover key elements of the Chinese surveillance equipment among the debris in the coming days, officials said.

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Russia throws more troops at Ukraine front line



Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says the situation on the front lines in the east of the country is getting tougher and Russia was throwing more and more troops into battle.

Russian forces are slowly gaining ground in the Donbas region, encircling the city of Bakhmut north of Donetsk and battling to take control of a nearby road which is a major supply route for Ukrainian forces. They are also trying to capture Vuhledar, southwest of Donetsk.

“I’ve often had to say the situation at the front is tough, and is getting tougher, and it’s that time again. … The invader is putting more and more of his forces into breaking down our defences,” Zelenskiy said in a video address.

“It is very difficult now in Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Lyman and other directions,” he continued.

Earlier in the day, Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar wrote on Telegram that Russian efforts to break the defences in Bakhmut and Lyman had failed.

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Balloon diplomacy blows China off course



China claims an “airship” that is flying over the United States is for civilian meteorological and other scientific purposes and voiced regret that it strayed into U.S. airspace.

U.S. officials said on Thursday that a Chinese spy balloon has been flying over the United States for a couple of days, in what would be a brazen act just days ahead of a planned trip to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

In a statement late on Friday, China’s foreign ministry also said that it would continue to maintain communications with the United States to properly handle the unexpected situation.

“The airship is from China and is civilian in nature, used for meteorological and other scientific research. Due to the influence of westerly winds and its limited control capability, the airship deviated from its intended course,” it said.

“China regrets that the airship strayed into the United States by mistake due to force majeure. China will continue to maintain communication with the U.S. side to properly handle this accident,” it said.

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