Planeteer: Verona’s Juliet statue replaced, New Mexico prison tours and Zanzibar travel warning

The Swiss Alps on the way from Zurich to Interlaken. Image by Artur Staszewski/ CC BY SA 2.0

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Chelsea fans injured in clashes in Istanbul
Two Chelsea football fans have been stabbed in Istanbul in clashes with supporters of the local Galatasaray team. The supporters were reportedly injured in an attack in a bar frequented by English supporters near Taksim Square. Following tensions in the city, Chelsea FC has issued warnings to fans in or travelling to Istanbul for Wednesday’s match. Read more: theguardian.com

Istanbul Theater Festival to celebrate 450 years of Shakespeare
The programme for the Istanbul Theater Festival was announced this week and includes performances by the UK-based Propeller Theatre Company. The theatre group will mark 450 years since the birth of Shakespeare. Among the other offerings is the premiere of the Opole Theater’s play Proust-Pamuk-Bellek, written and adapted from Marcel Proust and Orhan Pamuk’s novels.The 19th annual festival will host 100 performances across Istanbul from 9 May to 5 June. Read more: hurriyetdailynews

Belgrade-produced web series wins Satellite Awards in LA
The web series #SamoKažem (#JustSaying) produced in Belgrade, Serbia, has won the Original Short-Format award at International Press Academy’s Satellite Awards in Los Angeles. Hit TV series Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones were winners in the main television awards categories. SamoKažem is the first web series for teenagers in the Balkans and part of the Re:Generation cultural project bringing together youth from five countries in the region. Read more: b92.net

The Swiss Alps. Image by Artur Staszewski/ CC BY SA 2.0

Tourism on the rise for Switzerland but downhill for the Alps
The overall number of tourists to Switzerland increased by 2.5% in 2013, according to figures released by the Federal Statistics Office on Monday. Despite the overall increase, the popular ski resort area of Valais in the Alps saw a 2.5 % decrease in the number of visitors and was only one of two regions to have falling numbers. Those on the rise included Zurich, the Bernese Oberland and the Lake Geneva region. Read more: thelocal.ch

Ancient coins confiscated at Brasov’s numismatic fair
Romanian police has confiscated more than 150 medieval and ancient coins that were being illegally sold at a numismatic fair in Brasov. The coins are believed to come from archaeological sites protected by law, and will be examined by specialists from Bucharest’s National Museum of History. Read more: romania-insider.com

Sun threatens Sweden’s Vasaloppet ski race
Unseasonably high temperatures in Sweden have put the country’s annual …read more


 

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