And also... drinking with death masks in New York, high altitude trick-or-treating and Chinese police dazzle drivers

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And also... drinking with death masks in New York, high altitude trick-or-treating and Chinese police dazzle drivers

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

Bizarre bar opens in New York

A bar like no other has opened its doors in Brooklyn, New York.

“House Of Wax” is both a bar and a museum of medical curiosities, including anatomical models and death masks.

Owner Ryan Matthew Cohn said the bar was built around a collection, some of which were salvaged from a 19th century wax museum in Berlin.

Hakas held to support oil pipeline protesters

Māori people in New Zealand have shown their support for the Standing Rock Sioux community in the USA, who are protesting over a controversial new oil pipeline in North Dakota.

They have held a number of hakas – a traditional Māori war dance – in a show of solidarity.

Here are some of the most impressive:

The support in New Zealand comes after an online plea from Myron Dewey.

Music is back on German YouTube

Official music videos are back on YouTube in Germany, after a seven-year gap.

YouTube and the German copyright public company Gema have reached an agreement regarding author rights on YouTube.

Gema wanted authors to be paid for each view; Youtube wanted to pay a flat rate.

Gema, and Germany in general, is well known for pushing for a very strict application of copyright law.

The amount of money paid by YouTube to get Gema’s approval has not been revealed but Gema said “it was a good offer,” adding it is “a clear signal sent to all online platforms […] authors must be correctly paid for the use of their music.”

Among the 1,000 most popular videos on YouTube in 2013, 61.5 percent were blocked in Germany, according to OpenDataCity.

Happy Halloween ending for three-year old girl

Molly, a three-year old girl, was sad she was on a flight from Boston to San Francisco, instead of being out trick-and-treating.

It forced her dad to come up with a great idea.

He distributed sweets to the other passengers on the plane with a note explaining the situation.

He wrote: “My three-year-old daughter, Molly, was bummed that she wouldn’t be able to go trick-or-treating this year due to this flight…so I decided to bring trick-or-treating to her.

“If you are willing, when my little donut [sic] comes down the aisle, please drop this in her basket. You’ll be making her Halloween! If you’re unwilling, no worries, just pass the treat back to me. Thanks so much!”

The car’s the star for Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks has been in Budapest for the shooting of “Inferno,” the movie based on Dan Brown’s novel.

The Hollywood actor published two photos from the Hungarian capital.

On both of them he is seen with a Polski Fiat 126p. This car is the iconic Polish version of the Fiat 500 and one of the most popular vehicles in Hungary and Poland from the Soviet era.

In his posts, Hanks says: “I’m so excited about my new car” while pretending to get into the Polski.

Watson gives Londoners a treat

Emma Watson has been leaving hidden treats for London commuters – copies of the latest selection from her “Our Shared Shelf” book club.

The British actress, who made her name in the Harry Potter franchise, has placed copies of Maya Angelou’s memoir, Mom & Me & Mom all over the London Underground (Tube) network.

The books contain special messages from the 26-year-old.

Watson created a feminist book club as part of her work with the UN.

On the Goodreads page for Our Shared Shelf, she wrote: “As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on.

“There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.”

Silver surfer wows Manhattan

Fictional superhero “Silver Surfer” has made a special guest appearance in New York City.

The superhero is a humanoid with metallic skin who can travel through space on his surf board.

Normally he travels at the speed of light. While in Manhattan he made his way through the city at a more relaxed pace.

Donned in full-body make up, his Halloween effort wowed crowds who stopped to take photos, including a police officer, who was driving at the time.

Dazzling initiative by Chinese road police?

Police in China are giving drivers a taste of their own medicine in a bid to get them to mend their ways.

Drivers caught dazzling others with full beam headlights have been punished by being forced to stare into the lights for a minute.

Shenzhen Traffic Police posted photos of the campaign in action on their official Weibo account.

Premature babies dressed as superheros to mark Halloween

Babies in a neo-natal intensive care unit in the US have been dressed as superheros to mark Halloween.

Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City teamed up with March of Dimes – a charity that works to end premature births – to provide handmade superhero costumes to the new arrivals.

The charity said families can sometimes spend week or months at the unit and the initiative was a bid to give them a sense of normality, by marking Halloween.


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Maori back Native Americans with Facebook haka

YouTube strikes deal with Gema to host music videos in Germany

Sweet Halloween joy for three-year old

The car’s the star for Tom Hanks

Emma Watson leaves free copies of Maya Angelou book on tube

Watch the Silver Surfer cruise through Manhattan

Motoring offenders in Chinese city made to stare into full beam headlights as punishment

This Hospital Empowered NICU Babies With Superhero Costumes