SNCF revives the myth of the Orient-Express

Luxury rail carriages that once belonged to the “Compagnie internationale des Wagons-Lits,” which operated the legendary Orient Express, are now on display at Gare de l’Est in Paris as part of an initiative called “Long live the train.” France’s national rail company SNCF found the abandoned wagons – including a lounge car never before displayed in public -on a siding on the border between Poland and Belarus. The SNCF then repatriated them to France and meticulously restored them, a process which took several years.

After spending winter in a fridge, Minsk bats return to the wild

In a rescue centre in ex-Soviet Belarus, a group of bats wake up and are released into the wild after spending the winter months hibernating inside a fridge. Volunteers at the centre tuck the bats up inside cloth bags in an ordinary domestic fridge — which gives them just the right amount of moisture and cold for a good winter’s sleep. The Kozhanopolis centre in the capital Minsk takes in bats that are found by members of the public after struggling to find a safe place to hibernate.

Maradona arrives in Belarus to take up new job

Hotfoot from creating a stir at the World Cup Diego Maradona arrives in Belarus on Monday to begin the latest chapter in his colourful career. Argentina’s 1986 World Cup winner insisted that his new role as president of first division Dinamo Brest was “very serious” and said he hoped his presence would help the country’s sport “get better every day”.