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North charges for plastic bags

THE North has now started charging for plastic bags with its environment minister pledging to dramatically cut the number used.

The five pence minimum tax will improve the region's green credentials and help reduce pollution, Alex Attwood said.

Northern Ireland is the second part of the UK to impose the measure after Wales – and follows the Republic's move a decade ago.

Money raised will fund voluntary groups working on sustainability projects but businesses have expressed concern about red tape.

Christians' grief at Egypt deaths

HUNDREDS of angry Egyptian Christians have gathered at the main Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Cairo for the funeral of four fellow Christians killed in weekend clashes with Muslims.

A fifth person, a Muslim, died in the Saturday clashes in the town of Khosoos.

Denouncing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, the mourners yesterday chanted "Leave!" and: "This is our country, we will not leave."

Egypt's Coptic Christians make up about 10pc of the country's estimated 90 million people. They have long complained of discrimination by the state.

'Bad parent' is worst insult

NEARLY seven out of 10 people with young children say the worst thing they could be called is a bad parent.

More than a third of people with children under five felt they were under pressure to be a perfect parent, according to a poll of 1,016 people.

Fathers were more worried about being criticised by their partners over parenting, while mothers most feared the judgment of professionals.

Feathers fly in world fight day

THOUSANDS of people armed with fluffy pillows battled it out for International Pillow Fight Day.

For the fifth year in a row, London's Trafalgar Square was invaded for an hour of relaxation in the sunshine.

Some people got so enthusiastic about the event that their pillows ripped and feathers flew into the air.

London was just one of more than 100 cities around the world to take part.