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Cheese thieves caught in the Netherlands thanks to cheese stamp
Johannes Weenink
Johannes Weenink Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

300 large round cheese loaves were stolen by unknown persons from a farm in the Netherlands. The duo was caught trying to sell their loot worth €40,000 online, the police announced on Tuesday in Lichtenvoorde near the Westphalian border. What the perpetrators - a 19-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man - did not consider was that each of the cheese wheels weighing twelve kilos is individually marked.

Cheese producer Johannes Weenink told the "Algemeen Dagblad": "Based on our cheese stamp and an individual number on each cheese, we were able to prove that the cheese loaves belonged to the stolen batch". So far, the police have only been able to seize ten of the 300 cheese loaves. Whether the duo only acted as dealers or is also responsible for the break-in at Käsehof is still to be determined.

Climate & Environment
Mysterious metal monolith discovered in Utah desert
Mysterious metal monolith discovered in Utah desert
Credit: Courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol

State wildlife officials have discovered a strange metal object from the air while flying a helicopter in the wilderness of southern Utah. The men and the pilot Bret Hutchings had been out counting bighorn sheep when a biologist spotted the shimmering column hidden in a rock niche far from any civilization.

Hutchings cannot say what the thing is, but it reminds him of the moon monolith from Stanley Kubrick's famous science fiction film "2001: Space Odyssey". "I suspect that a New Wave artist set this up," he said.

Health
European Court of Justices classifies CBD as non-addictive substance
European Court of Justices classifies CBD as non-addictive substance
Credit: unsplash.com / Elsa Olofsson

The European Court of Justice in its current decision stated that CBD not an addictive drug in the sense of the UN Single Convention. The court argued with the current state of science that CBD has no harmful effects on human health (ECJ C-663/18 of 19.11.2020).

This decision is contrary stance of the EU Commission which argued that CBD is an addictive drug.

Technology • Games
Blizzard registers record number of "World of Warcraft: Shadowlands" preorders
Blizzard registers record number of "World of Warcraft: Shadowlands" preorders
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter / Activision Blizzard

The new World of Warcraft expansion scheduled to arrive 23rd of November called "Shadowlands" has set a record number for the amount of pre-orders registered by game developer Activision Blizzard.

Previously the number of active subscribers has doubled since the release of World of Warcraft Classic.

Science • Animals
Hungry camel hurts two women after the animals probably have removed "Do Not Feed" sign by themselves
Hungry camel hurts two women after the animals probably have removed "Do Not Feed" sign by themselves
Credit: Basile Morin / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

As the police reported, a 38-year-old and her 65-year-old mother wanted to feed the camels of a circus stranded in the Austrian town Ried (Innkreis). They each had a sack of carrots with them. One of the camels in the enclosure grabbed the vegetables greedily and knocked its mother over. Then it grabbed the carrots a second time and caught the woman lying on the ground by her forearm.

The 65-year-old had to be admitted to the hospital in Ried after the accident. According to the circus staff there was a sign saying that feeding the animals was forbidden. But before the incident, the sign was obviously torn down by an unknown person or by the camels themselves, according to the police report.

Technology • Internet & Web
Zuckerberg says Bannon has not violated enough policies for suspension
Zuckerberg says Bannon has not violated enough policies for suspension
Credit: Anthony Quintano from Honolulu, HI, United States / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg defended this decision to not ban Donald Trump's former advisor Steve Bannon after he called for the beheading of former FBI director Christopher Wray and pandemic expert Anthony Fauci in a video broadcast. In a conversation with employees Zuckerberg stated that Bannon was "close" to "crossing that line" but did not break enough rules to justify banning him, so his account will remain available.

Regional News • Europe • Austria
Austrian President Van der Bellen in hospital after pelvic injury
Austrian President Van der Bellen in hospital after pelvic injury
Credit: Peter Lechner / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.5)

The Austrian Federal President suffered a painful pelvic injury in a fall in his second official residence. According to the statement, Van der Bellen will stay in the hospital for the next few days for pain therapy, but an operation is not necessary. "The Federal President is otherwise in good spirits", according to a statement.

Climate & Environment
Researchers report warmest October in Europe since 1979

According to the European Copernicus Climate Change Service the October 2020 has been the warmest since the service has started recording. The experts evaluated measurements since 1979.

Worldwide, it was the third warmest October, as the organization announced on Thursday in Reading, UK. Temperatures were well above the average from 1981 to 2010, especially over large parts of the Arctic and the Tibetan Plateau.

Business • Markets
Jeff Bezos sells Amazon stock worth over $3 billion
Jeff Bezos sells Amazon stock worth over $3 billion
Credit: Seattle City Council from Seattle / via Wikimedia Commons

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos sold shares in his company worth more than $3.0 billion this week. This was revealed on Wednesday from mandatory notifications to the US stock exchange supervisory authority SEC. According to SEC data, Bezos has already sold Amazon shares worth more than $10.2 billion this year.

Regional News • Europe
Lukashenko threatens protesters with violence
Protest against Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk on Oct 4, 2020
Protest against Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk on Oct 4, 2020 Credit: Palsciuk (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has threatened demonstrators stating that "if someone touches a military man, he must at least leave without hands". Since Monday, the opposition has been trying to force Lukashenko to resign from office by calling for general strikes.