Saturday 25 November 2017

World news in brief: Bianca quits East End

Patsy Palmer is to leave her role as Bianca in Eastenders, but the show's bosses say they will not kill the character off
Patsy Palmer is to leave her role as Bianca in Eastenders, but the show's bosses say they will not kill the character off

Veteran soap star Patsy Palmer is quitting Eastenders after more than a decade playing Bianca Butcher.

The actress is reportedly moving to Los Angeles. Show bosses have said they will not kill off her character but they have not yet decided on the storyline that will see her leave Walford in the autumn.


James Hellwig, better known as former pro-wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, has died suddenly in Arizona, aged 54, World Wrestling Entertainment said.

Hellwig was one of pro-wrestling's biggest stars in the late 1980s. He beat Hulk Hogan in a memorable match at Wrestlemania in 1990.


A painting that was auctioned for €2.7m (HK$28.8m) two days ago has gone missing, police said, with media reports suggesting cleaners may have inadvertently thrown the artwork out.

The 2012 painting 'Snowy Mountain', by Chinese artist Cui Ruzhuo, was reported missing by Chinese auctioneers Poly Auction on Tuesday afternoon, just one day after the auction sale.


Two World War I artillery shells found in the checked baggage of two American teenagers returning from a European trip were confiscated by security officers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

The 75-mm military grade shells, deemed to be inert, were discovered after the teens arrived from London on Monday and were headed for a connecting flight home to Seattle, a Transportation Security Administration official said.


A bare-breasted woman wearing only bikini bottoms was recorded by security cameras vandalising a Florida McDonald's.

In the video, which went viral, the woman is seen shoving cash registers on to the floor, overturning a drinks dispenser and throwing items at staff before helping herself to some ice cream. It was reported that the Texas woman told police she had been sold bad pot.


Crocodiles are some of the most feared predators in Africa, renowned for tearing their prey to pieces.

In Nyanyana crocodile farm in Zimbabwe, however, feeding time has a surreal edge. The beasts sit in the sun lazily nibbling at bowls of vegetarian pellets. Farmers believe the meat-free diet enhances the quality of their skin, used for bags and shoes.

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