Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond which did not reach the international headlines.
Homepathy conference ends in chaos after delegates accidentally trip on hallucinogenic drug
Several attendees at conference on homeopathy in Handeloh in the North of Germany ended up hallucinating, rolling in a meadow, muttering and convulsing after taking a banned LSD/ectasy-like drug by mistake.
Police told local media that 29 homeopathic practitioners took this hallucinogenic drug 2C-E, better known in Germany as Aquarust, last Friday.
Delegates were taken to a nearby hospital with cramps, breathing problems and heart palpitations according to Deutsche Welle.
A judge in the northern Iranian city of “Gonbad-e Kavous” is sentencing first-time criminals and young delinquents to buy books instead of sentencing them to prison terms, according to IRNA (state-run news agency).
A new law in Iran gives the country’s judges the authority to use alternative sentences. Judge Qasem Naghizade-Mousavi is using this new law to sentence criminals involved in minor cases to buy and read books. According to the new law alternative sentencing can’t be used for security-related crimes. Judge Naghizade-Mousavi asks the offenders to send him a short summary of books they have read in order to verify whether they have really read their books or not. He also asks them to send him books they have bought. He will then donate those books to the city prison library, which will be accessible to all prisoners.
No such thing as bad publicity
A Guardian film critic didn’t like Legend starring Tom Hardy, awarding it just two stars out of a possible five. But the marketing minds decided to ‘bury’ the bad review in a clever poster set-up.
Portuguese pizza delivery guy turns TV star on doorstep of ex-PM
In Portugal, a pizza delivery guy turned TV star after a video went viral on social media. Arriving at the door of the building where the former prime-minister José Sócrates is under house arrest, he was pounced on by journalists looking for a scoop on live TV. Although it now appears the move was a publicity stunt.
Can you say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?
A weather presenter on Channel 4 in the UK took on the pronunciation of the Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
He managed to pronounce the 58-letter town perfectly. The name is in Welsh and means ‘Parish church of St. Mary in the Hollow of the White Hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the parish church of St. Tysilio with a red cave
Turkish officials ban religious symbols at Yoga centres
Having religious symbols and playing music specific to various religions at yoga centers has been banned according to a directive released by the Sports for Everyone Federation of Turkey (HİS), with officials arguing they aimed to take measures against missionary activities with the directive.
This means having Buddha sculptures and mantra symbols as well as the playing of religious music and burning of incense could be considered violations and lead to closure.
Yoga instructors have slammed the decision which included the phrase “different religions,” underlining yoga cannot be considered a religion and the use of symbols was natural.
According to HİS Technical Board head Süleyman Gönülateş, however, the instruction is a routine arrangement and religion should not be a part of sports. It bans all kinds of religious symbols, including Islamic symbols, Gönülateş said.
30 injured at pillow fight in US
The annual freshman pillow fight at West Point (U.S. Military Academy) left 30 cadets injured as some of them swung pillowcases packed with hard objects.