Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond which did not reach the international headlines
French rock group called Trumps decides to change name
The band “Trumps” from Poitiers, France, decided to ask their own fans to find a new name, following their namesake Donald’s victory in the US presidential election. They say they had some ironic proposals like “The Le Pens” or “The Hillaries” – but chose to become OddZoo.
Ain’t no sunshine when he’s gone
A touching headline from the left-wing German paper Taz as it said goodbye to Barack Obama after he left Berlin. Several journalists explain why they will miss Obama: for one, he was the coolest president who looked the part in wearing pilot sunglasses and walked like a basketball player – adding that we might want to elect his wife in four years time.
Small boy and sloth mildly injured in unusual zoo accident
A very unusual accident took place at Dortmund Zoo in Germany when a sloth fell onto the head of a young boy. Julius, the 11-year-old mammal, was climbing leisurely on a pole above the run of the accessible enclosure, when it lost its grip and landed on the six-year-old’s head.
Fortunately the boy escaped with only a bump after the accident in October, and the 7-8 kg sloth also had no severe injuries, although it suffered a urinary infection.
After three weeks’ illness, the animal is now back in the zoo. A few days ago, the boy went back to see Julius. The zoo director promised him free admission.
Hundreds joined a dying dog’s last walk
Mark Woods, from Cornwall in England, wanted to make the final walk of his beloved dog Walnut unforgettable. He posted a message, asking dog lovers and owners to join them for the stroll along Walnut’s favourite beach.
Hundreds of people (many with their dogs) answered the call, and accompanied them. Walnut, who was 18 years old, was put down on November 12.
The Duchess Of Cornwall sports all-female security team
A new photo of the Duchess of Cornwall has royal-watchers doing a double-take. The Duchess, formerly known as Camilla Parker-Bowles, was provided with a security team consisting of women wearing traditional hijabs and abayas during her royal visit to the United Arab Emirates this week. Clarence House shared a photo of Prince Charles’ wife walking with the women, identified as Shaima al Kaabi, Basima al Kaabi, Hannan al Hatawi, Nisreen al Hamawi, and Salama al Remeithi, as they left Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel. The royal duo were in town to promote religious tolerance and support women in leadership.
300 dollars for a book with 450 photos of Apple products?
Apple released a new book to show off their products from the last 20 years. They range from the 1998 iMac to the newest iPhones, Apple Pencil and Apple Watch.
The book is available in two sizes: the “cheapest” is 199 dollars, the price of the larger size starts at 299 dollars.
New York refuse crew dig through tons of garbage to find lost wedding ring
New Yorker Colleen Dyckman accidentally threw out her rings on Sunday night, but she only realized they were missing the next morning when the garbage truck came.
She chased after the lorry and its driver who – together with a team of refuse collectors – helped her look for the ring. After nearly four hours of digging through six tons of rubbish, they found her ring. In gratitude the woman baked brownies and bought pizza pies and cookies for the team.
Bosnian footballer takes down Greek opponent’s shorts
Last Sunday World Cup qualifier between Greece and
Bosnia-Herzegovina’s ended in a 1-1 draw, Greece equalising five minutes into added time. But many people will remember the match because of an unusual scene in the 76th minute: after a losing the ball against the Greek player Papastathopoulos, the Bosnian Dzeko tried stopping him by grabbing his legs – and when that didn’t work, he simply pulled down the other player’s shorts.