Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond which did not reach the international headlines.
Pokemons’ mutiny in Basel
It’s revenge time for Pikachu and his friends, at least in a video promoting the Swiss city of Basel.
Now people are the ones being hunted – by pranksters sporting Pikachu onesies.
Basel Tourism teamed up with marketing agency Fadeout to present a “reverse” Pokemon Go in this video – a clever way to show off the city’s attractions. The video has had more than 70 million views on Facebook.
Man runs across tarmac to catch flight
A traveler in Madrid just had to catch that Ryanair flight to the Canary Islands.
A video, shot by airport workers and posted on Facebook, shows a man clutching his bags and jumping off an air bridge – the retractable tunnel that connects departure gates with plane doors – and onto the tarmac of Barajas airport, hoping to reach his plane moments before it took off.
After staff spotted him on the runway, he was allowed to board his flight and take the plane to Gran Canaria.
But if he breathed a sigh of relief while buckling his seatbelt, that was presumptuous: the man was arrested upon arriving in the Canary Islands last Friday, and a police spokeswoman said he would most likely be fined.
Moscow: a sewage truck’s load explodes in rush hour traffic
S**t happens – and commuters in Moscow experienced it firsthand when a sewage truck’s tank burst in the middle of rush hour traffic, pouring waste water all over the street near the Altufyevo metro station.
Fortunately nobody was hurt, and it appears the cars that bore the brunt of the splash had their windows rolled up.
Shirtless Canadian PM photobombs wedding photo
Now here’s a way to make that wedding photo unique: have the prime minister himself photobomb it, with his shirt off and abs out.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – holding his surf board – was captured in the background of a wedding photo while on holiday in western Canada, smiling as the bride walked by.
“Justin was quickly leaving the beach at the same time the bride appeared and started coming down the stairs. It was her moment and he respectfully stood aside and witnessed her walk down the aisle to her husband-to-be,” said the photographer, Marnie Recker.
Brooklyn restaurant’s Trump photo causes a stir
The owners of a German restaurant in New York took down an autographed photo of Donald Trump last week, after customers complained it was spoiling their appetite.
The Brooklyn Daily reported that Schnitzel Haus owners Fred and Amber Urban said the photo of the Republican presidential nominee had been there since the restaurant opened in 2007. The Urbans were friends with Trump’s head of security at the time and they say Trump dropped by to wish them good luck. He sent an autographed photo the next day.
But with the presidential campaign in full swing, the photo became a topic in the restaurant’s online reviews, with diners saying they were uncomfortable or offended by it. Fred Urban said on Facebook that some people had canceled reservations over the photo, while others wanted to take selfies with it.
This week, the Brooklyn Daily reports that after they were accused by conservatives of caving to liberal pressure, the Urbans decided to put the picture back up. But the controversy did not stop there: someone used lipstick to draw a mustache and devil horns on the photograph.
Man, with kite, vs wind
On a very windy day in Cromarty, Scotland, a kiteflyer put his muscles to the test.
Police cook pasta for lonely couple
Police in Rome came to the rescue of a wailing elderly couple with the perfect pacifier: two plates of pasta.
Neighbours had called police because Jole, 84, and her 94-year-old husband, Michele – married for nearly 70 years – were doing lots of shouting after watching the news on television.
In a statement on Questura di Roma’s Facebook page, police said it found no crime underway, only “two lonely souls who needed reassuring.”
So the officers set to cook them a simple meal, using ingredients at their disposal: spaghetti, butter, parmesan. “It was nothing special,” they said. “But it included a special ingredient: humanity.”