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And also...Turkish cat statue, a nuclear bunker in China and a giant dinosaur print

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And also...Turkish cat statue, a nuclear bunker in China and a giant dinosaur print

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

Giant dinosaur makes it mark in the Gobi desert

One of the biggest ever dinosaur footprints has been unearthed in the Gobi desert.

Measuring 106cm (42in) long and 77cm (30in) wide, according to AFP, it is believed to have belonged to a titanosaur, a long-necked plant-eating dinosaur. Researchers on the Mongolian-Japanese expedition said the creature may have been more than 30 meters (98ft) long and 20 meters (66ft) tall.

China opens top-secret nuclear bunker to the public

After a year of renovations, a former secret underground nuclear base has opened for visitors in China.

Lauded as the largest man-made cave, the 816 Nuclear Military Plant, lies in the mountains of Chongqing municipality.

It was designed to manufacture plutonium in the 1960s, but wasn’t declassified until 2002.

Belgian crackdown on ‘fast and furious’ drivers

Belgian police have fined more than 24,000 drivers in a crackdown on speeding. The federal police said they handed out more than 20,000 fines using mobile cameras, and 4,466 with fixed ones.

In total 906 monitoring sites were set up on Belgian roads and more than 40,000 vehicles were stopped in just 24 hours.

Roman coins found in medieval Japanese castle

A dig at a medieval Japanese castle resulted in an extraordinary find of Roman coins, prompting questions over the empire’s reach.

Katsuren Castle in Okinawa Prefecture is said to have been occupied between the 12th to 15th centuries so the coins cannot have made it there during Roman times. Further discoveries from the castle indicate trade links with China – suggesting the coins arrived there indirectly through trade with China or South-East Asia.

Tombili: Istanbul cat meme gets its own statue

Istanbul’s beloved Tombili’, a rotund cat from the Ziverbey neighbourhood, has been honoured by the city following local demand for a tribute to his memory.

The feline gained worldwide notoriety earlier this year after a photo of him reclining in one of his favourite spots on the pavement was shared thousands of times on social media.

Spanish football players apologise after sex tape goes viral

Antonio Luna and Sergi Enrich from Eibar football club have issued a joint statement apologising to fans after a sex tape in which they feature appeared online on Wednesday.

In a message posted on their Twitter accounts, Luna and Enrich said they regretted “the potential damage [not only] to our image, but in particular to that of the club” caused by the distibution of the video.

The players stressed that the video showed “a private act which took place between fully consenting adults, within the scope of the freedoms we all enjoy”.