7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: July 31

By Tina Tatarková
Tina Tatarková
Tina Tatarková
July 31, 2014 Updated: July 31, 2014

And once again, we set off for a quick trip around the world with interesting news that you probably won’t see anywhere else today.


Japan: Crack down on illegal uploaders of anime, manga

The economy ministry said that it will begin on Aug. 1 to monitor and remove uploaded pirated copies of 580 works of anime and manga.

The ministry said July 30 that the anti-piracy effort will last five months and include 500 manga titles and 80 works of anime. … (Read more)

Asahi Shimbun


Canada: Designers of controversial street light art project explain their vision

By day, it’s a mysterious — some say garish — cluster of 36 street lights adorned on 10 utility poles. When the sun sets, the colourful LED lights come on, casting glows of blue and green on the sidewalk below.

The public art project, known as Nyctophilia, or love of the night … (Read more)

The Star


Spain: Top 10 characters you’ll meet in Spain’s hostels

Spain’s hostels are packed with weird and wacky characters. From the so-called ‘brag packers’ to the hen night weekenders, The Local’s Cécilia Brès rounds up the best of the guests from her own experiences working at a Madrid hostel.
Working in a hostel in Madrid, I’ve gotten pretty good at guessing new guests’ nationalities as they walk in, before they’ve even handed me their passports. … (Read more)

The Local


Bhutan: Bid to make Kyoto and Thimphu sister cities

The mayor of the Japanese city has made the proposal to Bhutan’s foreign ministry

Given the strong beliefs in Buddhism the two cities share, Kyoto city’s mayor in Japan has officially proposed to the foreign ministry to make Thimphu and Kyoto sister cities. … (Read more)

Kuensel Online


Switzerland: Zurich taxis charge world’s highest fares

Taxis in Zurich are the most expensive in the world, according to a new survey. Hailing a cab in the Swiss city will cost you more than other major cities including Paris, London and New York. … (Read more)

The Local


Africa: African Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit

During the official opening of the 3rd African Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit on Friday, July 25 in Lusaka, Zambia, the President of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka, said countries can only develop if they involve women in their development agendas. … (Read more)

All Africa


Finland:  Phone app warns motorists to stop texting when driving

Scientists in Finland have revealed that they have come up with a new method of deterring motorists from texting while driving.

Smartphone app VisGuard, which was created at the University of Jyvaskyla, has been developed in order to persuade drivers to put down their phones when they’re on the road. A warning triangle on the screens of handsets will flash if someone is spending too much time looking at it. … (Read more)

Ice News


*Image of Majorca Island Spain via Shutterstock

Tina Tatarková
Tina Tatarková