Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond which did not reach the international headlines.
USA: Police hope ‘squirrel mug shot’ will crack nut theft case
A ‘wanted poster’ of a squirrel has been posted on social media by suburban Detroit police hoping to track down thieves who stole a hefty haul of nuts worth more than 114,000 euros from a truck and trailer.
Officers in Shelby Township point out that the rodent is not a suspect – just a means of drawing attention to the crime.
“Please do not call in squirrel sightings” they say.
France: “Welcome to [dirty] Canal Saint-Martin”
Summer revellers have transformed a trendy canal in Paris into a rubbish tip – and locals are not happy!
To show the world what remains after nightly festivities by the water’s edge – cans, food wrapping, cigarette ends and vomit, to name a few of the leftovers – residents have taken to social media.
Angry householders have to live not only with litter but also smells and noise. They group their posts together under the ironic title: “Welcome to Canal Saint Martin”. The photos featured are certainly no picture postcard!
Russia: Jailed for drug-baking
Four members of a family of bakers from the city of Voronezh have been jailed for up to eight and a half years each after being convicted of selling poppy-seed buns laced with opium.
Supporters of the Polukhin family argue that they were simply selling edible poppy products – not trafficking drugs – and the case has prompted calls for a change in the law.
Iran: Homemade ‘Lamborghini’
Electrical engineer Mohammad Reza Reihani from northeastern Iran has reportedly designed and manufactured his own ‘Lamborghini’ in his local garage.
The Italian manufacturers of the original – one of the world’s most sought-after sports cars – may not fully appreciate his efforts.
But at home the man behind the ‘Iranian Lamborghini’ is being hailed a genius!
Austria: Brothel business booming during nuke talks
The marathon nuclear talks in Vienna are good news for at least one brothel manager in the Austrian capital who says business is booming!
He declined to say whether his most frequent clients are diplomats, officials, security agents, analysts or reporters – or from which side of the table most custom comes.
But he made it clear that, as far as he is concerned, the longer the negotiations between Iran and six world powers drag on, the better.