Monday 18 December 2017

Protesters trap MPs

The Bulgarian president has appealed for calm after more than 100 MPs, ministers and staff were forced to spend the night in parliament as demonstrators blocked the exits and held off police by throwing stones.

It was the first outbreak of violence in more than 40 days of anti-government protests. Bulgarians, angry at what they say is state corruption, have been gathering in Sofia each day. On Tuesday night several hundred protesters formed a human chain outside the parliament building, trapping those inside.


Britain's civil servants have been banned from taking electric fans to work – but were told they can stay at home if their office environment is too hot.

Whitehall officials have been told they are "not authorised" to bring fans to work "due to the potential impact it could have on electrical supplies and the risk of electric shock from items not subjected to a portable appliance test. Subject to business needs, all staff should consider . . . working from home or from a cooler location".


A man floating on an inner tube suffered broken legs and torn ligaments when another man jumped from a bridge and landed in his lap.

Andy Hill and his wife were floating under a bridge in Missoula, Montana, when the man landed on him. Hill suffered broken bones in both lower legs and a cracked femur in his left leg.


Israeli film officials have said Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman will direct her first feature film, based on an autobiographical novel by celebrated Israeli writer Amos Oz.

Yoram Honig of the Jerusalem Film Fund and a publicist for the film said Portman wrote the screenplay and will also star in the movie as Oz's troubled mother.


Weight discrimination may drive people to become fatter instead of pressurising them to slim down, research has shown.

A study from the US found that "weightism" more than doubled the risk of obesity. People who experienced discrimination were 2.5 times more likely to become obese than those who did not.

Irish Independent

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