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Sunday 18 March 2018

In Brief: Palin rumpus put up on YouTube

AN encounter between former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and a protester in front of a banner that calls her the "worst governor ever" has been posted on YouTube.

The video shows Kathleen Gustafson accusing Mrs Palin of quitting her position "when cash was waved" in her face. Mrs Palin said: "Oh, you wanted me to be your governor. Thank you."

Reunited rockers head for festivals

Indie rockers The Libertines have announced plans for their first full gig since confirming they were getting back together.

They will play a warm-up show in London ahead of appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals.

Woman hits staff over McNuggets

A woman who punched two McDonald's employees and smashed a drive-thru window because she couldn't get Chicken McNuggets has been jailed for 60 days.

Police in Toledo, Kansas, say Melodi Dushane was angry that McNuggets weren't being served because it was breakfast time.

Target for electric car sales falls flat

Spain's plan to have thousands of electric cars on the road in the coming years appears off target. Only 16 have been sold so far.

However, sales are at least up 15 from last year when just one was sold.

Cat fails to lick vacuum cleaner

A cat home alone in Germany apparently turned on the vacuum cleaner, frightened itself and wound up being attended to by emergency services.

The fire service sped to the scene but found only the cat and the machine. Police said the emergency call was not entirely in vain because "at least the cat could be calmed down".

BBC top brass cut own pay by 20pc

BBC Director-General Mark Thompson is cutting his pay packet cut by almost 20pc in a bid to curb anger over prop-osals to cap staff pensions.

Mr Thompson is expected to reduce his pay -- and that of around 30 senior people at the BBC -- by axing extra pension payments.

Irish Independent

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