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And also... Sprightly snakes, Schwarzenegger's swap swipe and soccer sexism


And also... Sprightly snakes, Schwarzenegger's swap swipe and soccer sexism

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

Schwarzenegger and Trump clash over TV ratings

Film star and former Republican governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has shot back at the news US president Donald Trump, suggesting the pair swap jobs.

Trump had derided Schwarzenegger, his successor on Celebrity Apprentice, over alleged poor ratings.

Schwarzenegger said in a video: “Why don’t we switch jobs? You take over TV, because you’re such an expert in ratings, and I take over your job. And then people can finally sleep comfortably again.”

Molar opposites: man gets Trump and Putin engraved on his teeth

A man from Sochi, Russia, has got sketches of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump engraved on his teeth.

The crowns, which cost 1,000 euros each, were placed next to each other, with a sketch of Trump facing one of Putin.

The man, known only as Dennis, said he got the crowns done out of respect for the pair.

From political animals to the real kind now. Birds on a plane, selling horses to pay government debts in Mongolia and what it is like to have a snake snuggle in your shell-like.

Birds of prey on plane photo goes viral

A picture of a plane cabin packed with birds of prey has gone viral after being posted on Reddit.

Lensoo, a user on the social news website, wrote alongside the photo: “My captain friend sent me this photo. Saudi prince bought tickets for his 80 hawks.”

Other Reddit users questioned whether they were hawks or falcons.

Falconry is considered a symbol of the Middle East and 50 percent of the world’s falconers exist in the region, according to the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey.

Mongolians donating horses to help cash-strapped country

Private citizens in Mongolia are donating cash, jewelry, gold and even horses to help the government make a near $600 million (557 million euros) payment to bondholders next month.

The cash-strapped nation has been embroiled in an economic crisis brought about by a collapse in foreign investment, slowing growth in China and weak commodity prices

The government has been in talks with China and the International Monetary Fund for assistance, but investors are worried that any bailouts might not be negotiated in time, with the Development Bank of Mongolia’s $580 million (539 million euros) of bonds due in March.

Though the Mongolian public has been hit by welfare cuts, rising food and fuel costs and a tough winter that is threatening to kill large numbers of livestock, donation pledges began to flood in this week after a campaign was launched by a prominent economist and members of parliament.

Woman’s snake ‘gets struck in her earlobe’

Doctors had to intervene after a woman’s pet snake got stuck in her earlobe.

Ashley Glawe, from Portland, Oregon, posted a picture of the incident on Facebook, saying the ball python, called Bart, clambered through the hole so quickly she was unable to him.

Doctors made a small cut in her ear and wriggled the snake free using vaseline.

Machine beats humans for the first time in poker

Artificial intelligence has made history by beating humans in poker for the first time, the last remaining game in which humans had managed to maintain the upper hand. Libratus, an AI built by Carnegie Mellon University racked up over $1.7 million (1.5 million euros) worth of chips against four of the top professional poker players in the world in a 20-day marathon poker tournament that ended on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Sexist banners at French football match sparks controversy

Two major French football teams have hit out after a sexist banner appeared at a match they were playing.

The signs, which appeared during Lyon’s home defeat to Lille, suggested women’s place was in the kitchen, while men’s was at the stadium.

Lille offered free entry to women at the club’s next home game, while Lyon set it would get tough on those responsible.

The banners appeared in an area reserved for Lyon supporters.