Wednesday 23 May 2018

In brief: Ivory Coast lagoon bus crash kills 37

A bus plunged into a lagoon in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan yesterday morning, killing 37 of its 47 passengers.

Witnesses and rescuers at the scene of the accident said the bus smashed into two cars on a bridge stretching over the lagoon and was sent hurtling over the edge. A government spokeswoman said that of the 37 killed, 22 were men and 15 women. Nine victims were being treated for injuries.

Mother and child piggy in middle

Police in northern Germany say they rescued a woman and her two-year-old child whose car was swarmed -- by a herd of pigs.

Police said the woman called them yesterday from outside the tiny village of Wanderup, near the Danish border. She said "20 relatively large hip-high pigs" had surrounded her VW Golf after she had driven off the road into a field. She told them they had formed such a tight circle and were behaving so aggressively that she couldn't flee the car.

Former disgraced Polish deputy dies

Andrzej Lepper, a populist Polish politician who was deputy prime minister in a shaky government that held power from 2005 to 2007 and was later disgraced by a sex scandal, has died. He was 57.

Police said Lepper's body was found in his party office in Warsaw yesterday afternoon and that they suspect he committed suicide.

Thailand has its first female PM

Yingluck Shinawatra became Thailand's first female prime minister yesterday, setting the stage for the 44-year-old political novice to take charge of a nation deeply divided since her brother was ousted in a 2006 coup.

The vote comes a month after Yingluck's Pheu Thai party swept the July 3 elections, winning 265 seats in the 500-member lower house of Parliament.

Less jail time for Murdoch pie joker

The comedian who threw a foam pie at Rupert Murdoch has had his jail sentence reduced on appeal.

Jonathan May-Bowles (26) pleaded guilty last week to assaulting the 80-year-old media tycoon as he gave evidence to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee about the phone-hacking scandal. He failed in an attempt to overturn his prison sentence, handed down on Tuesday, but it was reduced from six to four weeks at London's Southwark Crown Court yesterday.

Irish Independent

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