Monday 18 December 2017

In brief: Eight tourists die in Egypt smash

Eight tourists have been killed and 21 others injured when their bus smashed into a truck in southern Egypt yesterday.

The crash took place as the American tourists were travelling from Aswan to Abu Simbel, the site of an ancient temple. Road accidents are common in Egypt because of bad roads and poor enforcement of traffic rules.

Underground grinds to a halt

The London Underground ground to a halt yesterday after members of the drivers' union Aslef walked out over a claim for triple pay and a day off in lieu.

London district organiser Steve Grant said: "It's been 100pc solid from our members and it seems other unions' members have supported our action. The company was forcing people who had booked today off to work and only paying them flat time."

Arcade Fire win album of the year

Canadian rockers Arcade Fire's record 'The Suburbs' has been hailed album of the year in a prestigious poll of music critics.

The band topped music retailer HMV's annual "poll of polls" for 2010. It is the second time they have topped the survey, having triumphed with their acclaimed debut 'Funeral' back in 2005. US band The National were second.

Peel back as BBC run best moments

Late broadcasting legend John Peel is to return to the airwaves, as the BBC airs a series of his finest moments.

The DJ, who championed scores of bands during his four-decade presenting career, will be brought back to radio this week on 6 Music.

Irishman runs in Uganda elections

A doctor from Northern Ireland working in Uganda has swapped medicine for politics and is standing for election in the country.

Ian Clarke is the first white man to run for chairman -- effectively the mayor -- of the Makindye district of 400,000 people in the capital Kampala. The Co Armagh native is campaigning for better sanitation and health services.

Top modern art collector dies

Roy Neuberger, a Wall Street investor who became one of the top modern art collectors in the US, has died at 107.

He had survived Wall Street's three major crises with enough money to build one of the largest private collections of major contemporary masterpieces.

Irish Independent

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