And also... Cat hunting banned in German region and Russian twerkers jailed

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And also... Cat hunting banned in German region and Russian twerkers jailed

Every Friday euronews’ different language journalists pick a selection of stories that didn’t make the top headlines around Europe and the world.

Iceland derogates law “allowing to kill Basques”

The Westfjords district has revoked a 1615 law which encouraged the killing of “any Basque caught in the area on sight,” the Guardian reported.

“The decision to do away with the decree was more symbolic than anything else,” said Jonas Gudmundsson, Westfjords district commissioner.

“We have laws, of course, and killing anyone including Basques, is forbidden these days.”

Germany: hunters banned from shooting cats

German paper Taz reported that a shooting ban for hunters has been extended in Northrhine-Westfalia (NRW) to cover more animals, including cats.

Hunters are protesting against the new tougher rules.

It is reported that 7,595 domestic cats were shot in Northrine-Westfalia in 2013/14.

Twenty-nine animals remain on the hunting list, prompting protests from environmental organisations such as BUND, which claims the new rules do not go far enough.

Turkey: Islamist newspaper confuses The Beatles with Gezi Park protesters

An Islamist newspaper in Turkey has reportedly confused The Beatles with high school students, after misunderstanding a poster calling for people to take to the streets on May Day.

“The United June Movement (BHH) has undertaken a fresh provocation for May Day,” the daily Vahdet reported on 27 April – referring to an umbrella organisation that took part in the Gezi Park protests in 2013.

“Gezi activists, who are calling the youth to the streets on May Day, hung posters in several neighbourhoods of Istanbul and wrote slogans on walls,” Vahdet claimed, adding that one of the posters featured “uniformed high school students.”

But the May Day poster in question featured The Beatles’ iconic “jump photo” from the cover of their album “Twist and Shout” – not Turkish high school students.

Russia: Bookstores pull Art Spiegelman’s ‘Maus’ from shelves

Russian bookstores have been pulling a Pulitzer-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust off their shelves, reportedly because they feared getting in trouble with the government for selling a book with a swastika on the cover.

Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and was released in Russian in 2013.

The author has warned of a dangerous outcome

The New York Times reported the story.

Greece: Varoufakis attacked by anarchists while dining in Athens

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has said he and his wife came under attack by anarchists while dining in a central Athens restaurant.

In a statement, he said the group – who had their faces covered – demanded that he leave the area and threw glass objects.

Varoufakis eventually spoke to them outside the restaurant, he said, and tempers were calmed.

Russia: women jailed for twerking

Three women have been jailed for twerking at a WWII memorial in Russia.

A court in Novorossiysk sentenced two of them to 10 days in jail each, the third was given 15 days. Two others received fines on charges of petty hooliganism.

Prosecutors had said their “erotic and sexual twerk dance” was disrespectful and unacceptable.

Earlier this month, Russian officials closed a dance school after a similar dance video emerged on the internet.