Every Friday, journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond, which did not reach the international headlines.
Islamic State, address: Moscow
Russian speakers at a loose end who find themselves searching Google Maps for “Islamic State” may be surprised, according to this piece in Foreign Policy
The Russian acronyn for Islamic State, IGIL, appears to be located at the headquarters of Zvezda, a television station reportedly run by Russia’s defence ministry.
Although no explanation is offered for the peculiarity, it is thought to have been the work of a prankster.
Italy: Company trials email-free working to cut stress
In an stress-reducing move, a company in Italy has instructed its workers not to send any internal emails for one week.
According to this La Provincia di Como report the idea emerged after employees were interviewed by an expert about their concerns at work. Many said they felt burdened by the huge volume of internal correspondence demanding their attention.
The company’s stress-busting solution was sent by management, um, by email.
Mum for hire
Sometimes mum doesn’t cut the mustard. Or she’s busy. Or both. Entrepreneur Nina Keneally, 63, who is based in the US state of New York spotted a niche in the ‘mum market’ after being repeatedly asked for motherly advice by students in her yoga class.
The Huffington Post reports that for a mere 30 euros an hour she will be your very own mother figure to help with tough decisions, emotional support or even boiling an egg.
‘Double-decker car’ driver wanted by Spanish police
Police in the Spanish city of Segovia are looking for the driver of a Ford Focus used to transport a car to the scrapyard on its roof. The driver could be fined a minimum of 500 euros.
France: underwear attacker becomes worldwide Twitter star
In France, ecologist activists trying to stop illegal bird hunting with traps have beem attacked by locals.
Members of the French Bird Protection League (LPO) who led an operation against the poaching of finches, a protected species, were violently attacked by local residents in the southwestern commune of Audon, Landes, needing the intervention of the military police.
Journalists with the LPO activists have become the target of insults and violence. Half a dozen of activists from the LPO who heard denouncing “poaching finches” in the Landes, followed by as many journalists had entered a cornfield in Audon, where they had spotted several dozen finch traps, called “matoles” in the Southwest.
At least one photo of the “guy in his underwear” has become an unintentional Twitter sensation.