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And also...JFK gives John Kerry support, tourists steal sand and a German star gets her own planet


Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond which did not reach the international headlines.

USA: John Kerry borrows JFK’s walking cane – again!

US Secretary of State John Kerry has swapped the crutches he has been using since breaking his leg in a cycling accident in May for a silver-handled cane that served successive members of the Kennedy clan, including former president John F. Kennedy.

Kerry appeared with the cane at meetings with countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Malaysia.

He said it had been loaned to him by Senator Teddy Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, and that it was the third time he had borrowed it, having done so previously after an operation on his knee.

Ukraine: Postcards from a war zone

The conflict in Ukraine has turned Donetsk into an urban battleground. But it was once a thriving city, visited by football fans in Euro 2012.

British/Swedish photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind is highlighting the contrast by sending picturesque postcards of pre-war Donetsk to recipients all over the world who have agreed to participate.

On the back of each card is the name and date of death of a Ukrainian soldier or volunteer killed in the conflict. She says she’s trying to raise awareness of what’s going on in eastern Ukraine and how quickly the situation has deteriorated.

Welcome to DonetskI am working in Eastern Ukraine and will be sending postcards as part of my new project. If you...

Posted by Anastasia Taylor-Lind on Thursday, 25 June 2015

Italy: Tourists steal sand from Sardinia’s beaches

Tourists are taking home sand and small stones as “natural souvenirs” from the beaches of the Italian island of Sardinia.

In an effort to raise awareness, airport authorities have just created a Facebook page in which the sand stealing exploits are firmly condemned.

Turkey: A wedding feast for Syrian migrants

A Turkish couple have shared their wedding joy with Syrian refugees, feeding thousands of them with the cash they would have spent on a banquet for guests at their marriage.

The generous gesture of Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat who wed in the southern Turkish city of Kilis near the Syrian border has gone viral, with images of the happy couple serving some of the refugees.

Germany: A star gets her own planet

An astronomer from the Max-Planck Institute in Heidelberg has named a small planet that he discovered after German actress Martina Gedeck. Abroad, she is mainly known for her role in the Oscar-winning movie ‘The Lives of Others’.

Felix Hormuth discovered ‘Martina Gedeck’ in 2009. The planet has a diameter of two kilometres and is 450 million kilometres from the sun.

Ireland: Giant Minion

A giant inflatable Minion, from the film of the same name, caused traffic chaos when it broke loose from its moorings in Dublin.

Local politicians did not see the funny side.



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