Planeteer: Turkish brawls, US–Cuba travel-visa ban, Mosquito virus hits the Caribbean

Wolf. Image by Caninest / CC BY 2.0

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Wolf. Image by Caninest / CC BY 2.0

Controversial wolf-cull ban causing tension in Sweden
Farmers in Sweden are threatening to defy a ban on hunting wolves as they claim their livestock is increasingly being targeted by the predators. The European Commission halted a planned cull in the country in 2013, threatening legal action if Sweden contravened EU conservation laws. Environmental activists say the farmers are overstating the threat to their animals and that hunting should be strictly limited to targeting specific problem wolves. Read more:

Nationalist mob attacks a mosque in Bulgaria

Hundreds of football fans and ultranationalists attacked a mosque in the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city, on Friday. The protesters threw torches and stones at the mosque, smashing its windows, and many were detained by the police for hooliganism. The protest was held against recent court cases dealing with the return of historic Muslim property in Bulgaria to the country’s Muslim community. Read more:

French chefs crack down on ‘food porn’ pics
French chefs are banding together in a mini-revolution against patrons taking photos of food at restaurants. Chef Alexandre Gauthier has put a ban in place at his Michelin-starred restaurant, La Grenouillère in northern France, and the menu has an image of a camera with a crossed line through it to notify customers. The aim is to try to reconnect customers with the eating experience rather than concentrating on taking photos. Read more:

Newborn monument, Pristina. Image by Jon Worth / CC BY 2.0

Kosovo celebrates six years of independence
Kosovo celebrates the sixth anniversary of its declaration of independence from Serbia with a national holiday and official celebrations on 17 February. The ‘Newborn’ monument in the capital Pristina, installed in 2008, has been painted in army camouflage colours, commemorating those killed during the fight for independence. The disputed territory is recognised as a state by 106 countries, according to authorities, but not by the UN or Serbia itself. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against non-essential travel to some areas of Kosovo. Read more:

Rolling Stones fans treated to impromptu gig in Paris
A group of 27 Stones fans were treated to a surprise intimate gig on Valentines Day in Paris on Friday. The band were rehearsing at studios in Paris for their upcoming ’14 on Fire’ tour, where …read more


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