Planeteer: Cyclone Ita headed for Queensland, French Quarter Festival opens in New Orleans, Viking relics discovered in Ireland

Lough Corrib. Image by Eoin Gardiner / CC BY 2.0

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Lough Corrib. Image by Eoin Gardiner / CC BY 2.0

Prehistoric logboats & Viking axes uncovered in Ireland
Ancient logboats and weapons have been found in Lough Corrib in County Galway. The weapons include axes and spears, some of which will be displayed at the National Museum’s Battle of Clontarf exhibition, which launches later this month. The logboats – one of which is 4500 years old – remain at the bottom of the lake, and it’s hoped some can be recovered and preserved. Read more: rte.ie

Renovated Pope John Paul II Museum opens to the public
The former home of Pope John Paul II has reopened in Wadowice, Poland, following a multi-million euro project to renovate it. The museum now features multimedia exhibits and artifacts, including the pistol used in the assassination attempt against him in 1981. The museum’s opening ceremony comes ahead of the late pontiff’s canonization on 27 April. Read more: thenews.pl

Aşk-ı Nebi exhibition opens at Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace
An exhibition of Islamic art opened at the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul this week as part of celebrations for Holy Week. The exhibition runs until 15 July and features calligraphy and artwork from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries that has not been displayed before. Read more: todayszaman.com

The English Garden, Munich. Image by thoughtbecontact / CC BY 2.0

Munich designates ‘nudist bathing’ areas
Following the expiry of a law requiring sunbathers to cover up in all but a few areas of the city, authorities in Munich have stepped in to declare the areas in which people can sunbathe free of clothes. FKK (Frei Körper Kultur), as its known in Germany, will be permitted in six areas of Munich, including the English Garden. Read more: thelocal.de

Bomb explodes in Athens, Greece
A car bomb exploded outside the Bank of Greece in Athens on Thursday morning, hours before Greece began borrowing international bonds. Several windows were blown out and there was minor damage to surrounding buildings from the blast, but no injuries were reported. Read more: abcnews.go.com

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