And also... ISIL cake, one second of havoc and when flashing goes wrong

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And also... ISIL cake, one second of havoc and when flashing goes wrong

Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond, which may not have reached the international headlines.

USA: ‘Sorry for the ISIL flag cake’

Walmart has reportedly issued an apology for making a cake featuring the flag of the self-proclaimed Islamic State militant group (also known as ISIL, or ISIS).

Chuck Netzhammer of Louisiana ordered the cake a day after the store allegedly refused to bake him a Confederate Flag cake with “Heritage Not Hate” written on.

A YouTube video in which Netzhammer condemns Walmart for making the controversial cake was removed after gaining almost half a million views.

Turkey: blocking Gay Pride with a rainbow

Turkish authorities trying to stop a Gay Pride parade in Istanbul may have, unwittingly, supported the event, if this photo is to be believed.

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The water cannon used in an attempt to prevent the celebration seem to have caused a rainbow to form. The mulitcoloured motif is universally-recognised as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride.

(“Police react with water cannon. Karma reacts with a rainbow.”)

Zimbabwe: Mugabe ‘to propose to Obama’

Zimbabwe’s contentious and long-running President Robert Mugabe offered to get down on one knee for US President Barack Obama.

Following the legalisation of gay marriage by the US Supreme Court, Mugabe gave a radio interview in which he said:
“I’ve just concluded: since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people and enjoys an attractive countenance, if it becomes necessary I shall travel to Washington DC, get down on my knee and ask his hand.”

Worldwide: one second to wreak havoc

A leap second was added to world clocks at midnight on Tuesday (June 30-July 1), wreaking havoc for some web networks.

Amazon Web Service (AWS) had a connectivity issue lasting almost an hour. It provides the Internet infrastructure for major sites, such as Pinterest, Instagram and Netflix.

Germany: be careful who you flash…

A 32-year-old exhibitionist from Wiesbaden in central western Germany was in for a shock when he attempted to flash a woman who was cycling past him.

What he didn’t know when he jumped out of the bush was that she was an off-duty policewoman. She alerted her colleagues and detained the man until police back-up arrived.