VILLAGE OF THIEVES: EVIDENCE BURNING OF PICASSO, M
The people accused of stealing works by famous artists in Rotterdam are now on trial in Bucharest.
Romania / The Netherlands: Village Of Thieves - The people accused of stealing works by world-famous artists last year in Rotterdam are now on trial in Bucharest. In the suspects' home village in eastern Romania just about everyone knows them. In the Netherlands, it was the art theft of the century. In just two minutes, the robbers stole paintings by Matisse, Monet and Picasso from a special exhibition at the Rotterdam Kunsthal. But afterwards police say the thieves couldn't sell the artworks - so they burned at least some of them, in an attempt to hide evidence of the crime. Regardless of how the trial turns out, a Romanian production company has purchased the rights to make a movie about the crime. Residents of the suspects' home village, Carcaliu, say the group's members were well-known to them. The stolen artworks are still missing - but it's not yet clear whether all of them were destroyed. Poland Bans Kosher Meat Production - Poland's parliament has banned the production of kosher and halal meat - and the country's Jewish community says the decision is outrageous. Polish meat producers are also disappointed. Poland is the EU's largest exporter of kosher and halal meat - but the country's constitutional court and parliament decided that the method of slaughter is illegal. Jews and Muslims in Poland consider the ban an affront to their religion, and they're trying to find a legal loophole that will allow meat production to continue. Poland's chief rabbi has threatened to resign unless the ban is lifted. The move by parliament caught many abattoir owners by surprise. They believed that the law would never make it through the legislature. Germany: UNESCO Threatens To Revoke Rhine Valley's Cultural Heritage Status - The Lorelei Plateau and the rock cliffs that tower above the Rhine River may lose their status as a World Heritage Site - because of a summer toboggan run. It takes just two minutes to zip down the toboggan course - but the fact that the course is there at all was enough for UNESCO officials. At their latest meeting, they demanded that the toboggan course be removed. The track has never been popular with environmental activists - but in the end, developers managed to get all the required permits, and went ahead with the project. They have no intention of removing it. The dispute has put the World Heritage status of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley at risk. Denmark: Trouble In Europe's Wedding Paradise - Denmark is famous for making it easy for most people to get married - especially couples from two different countries. These "bi-national" marriages can be complicated in Europe - particularly if one of the partners is from a non-EU country.