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And also...Dangerous selfies, nuns tie the knot and a Spanish porn star mocks the establishment

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

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

Ridding La Rambla of Christopher Columbus

A statue of Christopher Columbus that stands at the foot of Barcelona’s famous La Rambla street could be no more if a group of anti-capitalist councillors get their way. They want rid of the monument, saying that the city shouldn’t appear to celebrate the navigator’s colonial legacy.

The memorial has been part of Barcelona’s skyline since 1888. Three councillors are calling for it to be torn down along with “all the decorations at the base of the column that glorify the conquest of America and its ‘museumification’ through historical interpretation”.


Counterfeit ‘Cognac’ proves deadly in eastern Ukraine

At least 23 people have died after drinking counterfeit ‘Cognac’ in Ukraine, according to local authorities.

Eighteen died in the eastern region of Kharkiv and another five in and around Donetsk.

Deaths from counterfeit alcohol are rare in Ukraine, reports AFP, in contrast to neighbouring Russia, which sees thousands of deaths each year from the practice.


Italy: Former nuns criticise church’s position on homosexuality as they tie the knot

Former Franciscan nuns Federica and Isabel have tied the knot in Italy after the country passed a law allowing same-sex civil unions.

They held their nuptials 24hrs ahead of schedule in Pinerolo’s city hall to avoid a media circus. They did however, take the opportunity to criticise the Church’s stance on homosexuality. Federica told the Italian paper La Stampa, “God wants people to be happy. “We call upon our church to welcome all people who love each other.”

The pair met and feel in love while working at a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts.


Iceland switches of city lights for aurora borealis

Reykjavik announced it would switch off street lights in selected parts of the city to allow city dwellers to enjoy the Northern Lights on Thursday 29 September.

Street lights would be off between 10pm and 11pm in various districts of the Icelandic capital. In order to reduce light pollution as much as possible, residents have also been asked to switch off their lights.