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Parthenon Marbles, British Museum

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Parthenon Marbles, British Museum. Image by Justin Norris / CC BY 2.0

Greece gets A-list support for Parthenon Marbles
During a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival, George Clooney said that the UK should return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. The sculptures (also known as Elgin Marbles) were originally part of the Parthenon and are now on display in the British Museum, but Greece has been trying to get them back for decades. Clooney’s new movie, The Monuments Men, is based on a true story about American experts sent to Europe during WWII to recover artistic treasures stolen by the Nazis. Read more:

Celebrities protest against Ibiza oil
Celebrities including Kate Moss, Paris Hilton and P Diddy have joined the protest against exploratory oil drilling off the coast of Ibiza. The Spanish government has leased the land around Ibiza to the oil company Cairn Energy, a move that critics say will endanger the environment of the Unesco-listed island. Celebrities have posted photos of homemade ‘Ibiza Says No’ placards to Twitter. Read more:

Demonstrations in Istanbul over internet laws
Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Istanbul at the weekend to protest new internet laws. Last week the Turkish government approved a bill that would curb internet freedoms, a move that has angered critics. Protesters clashed with riot police in the Taksim Square area of the city, with water-cannons used to disperse demonstrators.Read more:

Outrage as Danish zoo culls healthy giraffe
Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark has come under fire after it put down a healthy young giraffe and performed a live autopsy on its carcass. The cull went ahead, despite offers from other zoos to house the animal. The zoo claimed that it acted responsibly as it has a duty to avoid inbreeding. Meanwhile animal rights groups called the act ‘barbaric’. Read more:

Baltic Sea study claims Finland has the dirtiest beaches
A two-year study monitoring 23 beaches across Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia concluded that Finland’s are the dirtiest in the Baltic Sea. The MARLIN study, funded by the EU, said 75% of the rubbish found was plastic, highlighting the problems caused by ‘our modern lifestyle, consumption and production patterns’. Read more:

Falling boulder derails train in the French Alps
A train travelling between Nice and the town of Digne-les-Bains in the southern Alps in France was …read more


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