Planeteer: new lizard species found in Peru, guru frozen in India, yoga festival starts in Kenya

Dining at Borkonyha Winekitchen, Budapest. Image by Andrew Nash / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Dining at Borkonyha Winekitchen, Budapest. Image by Andrew Nash / CC BY-SA 2.0

New Michelin stars for Budapest & Athens
The new Michelin guide Main Cities of Europe 2014 includes several new restaurants. Among them, for eastern and southeastern Europe, are the Borkonyha Winekitchen in Budapest, which has gained one star, and the Funky Gourmet in Athens, which has been awarded two stars. This is the 33rd edition of the famous guide. Read more: tourmag.com

Private functions approved at two of Athens’ ancient sites
Two ancient sites in Athens, the Panathenaic Stadium (also known as Kallimarmaro) and the Stoa of Attalos (which houses the Agora Museum), have been approved for private functions. According to the decision of Greece’s Central Archaeological Council, these historical monuments can be used ‘for events beyond their archaeological and sports character’. Read more: ekathimerini.com

France on maximum pollution alert
Almost a third of mainland France was put on maximum pollution alert on Wednesday following a large number of particles less than 10 microns in diameter being reported by authorities. Environmental groups such as Ecology without Borders (Écologie sans Frontière) have lodged legal complaints in Paris stating that pollution is at dangerous levels. Read more: thelocal.fr

Amsterdam collecting pee for fertiliser use
Public urinals are being used to collect urine in the Netherlands in the hope it will help to grow food. The Waternet utilities company has placed the pee-collecting urinals in parks in Amsterdam to attempt to use it as fertiliser in the city’s urban roof gardens. Read more: springwise.com

Protests in Istanbul following funeral of teenage boy
Huge crowds took to the streets of Istanbul on Wednesday for the funeral of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who died from injuries sustained during unrest last June. The teenager had been in a coma after being hit by a police gas-canister when out buying bread. Riot police used water cannons and tear gas to dispel the protesters, who are angry at the police response during last June’s demonstrations. Read more: theguardian.co.uk

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Image by Tulio Bertorini / CC BY-SA 2.0

Auschwitz tattooing equipment discovered in Poland
Metal stamps used by Nazis to tattoo prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp have been found in Poland. Prisoners were tattooed for identification upon arrival, and the tattoos have become a poignant symbol of the …read more


 

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