Tuesday 12 December 2017

Hungary protests

Thousands of protesters in Budapest have demanded the resignation of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban's government a day before a visit by German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Around 3,000 people attended the rally, which organiser Balazs Gulyas said was meant to show "that the majority of the country does not support (Orban's) policies going closer to Vladimir Putin."

Protester Zsuzsa Cegledi complained about corruption, and how "everything is winding up in the pockets of Orban and his entourage."

Model a bad loser

A Brazilian beauty pageant took a bizarre turn when the first runner-up snatched the crown off the winner of the Miss Amazon contest, refusing to accept her loss.

Sheislane Hayalla is justifying her reaction by claiming her rival, Carol Toledo, bought the title.

Hayalla initially hugged her opponent then snatched the crown before throwing it on to the ground.

400 storm border

Spain says 400 African migrants tried to storm border fences separating its North African enclave Melilla from Morocco and has warned of a build-up in numbers across the frontier.

The Interior Ministry said the migrants charged past Moroccan border forces by throwing rocks, but were repelled by Spanish guards.

A statement said groups of around 1,000 migrants have approached the border fences almost every day throughout January.

No smoking outdoors

Two city squares have become Britain's first major public outdoor spaces to go smoke-free after a voluntary pilot was launched yesterday.

The ban will come into effect in Millennium Square and Anchor Square - both popular with families - on Bristol's harbourside.

Cities including New York, Toronto and Hong Kong have already banned smoking in key outdoor locations but Bristol is the UK's first to pilot smoke-free zones.

Miss Marple dies

Tributes have been paid to actress Geraldine McEwan, known for playing Agatha Christie sleuth Miss Marple on television, after she died "peacefully" at 82.

McEwan starred as the spinster consultant detective Jane Marple in 12 TV films on ITV.

The Bafta award winner had a long and successful career in theatre, television and films which saw her work alongside the likes of Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Williams.

Irish Independent

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