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Turkish Unrest Spreads As Erdogan Remains Defiant

Protesters clashed with police across Turkey overnight despite an apology for police violence from the Deputy Prime Minister designed to halt an unprecedented wave of protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Pro-government newspapers signaled a softening of Ankara’s line in the absence of Erdogan, who flew off on a state visit to north Africa on Monday night after a weekend of rioting critics were inflamed by his denunciations of protesters. Continue reading

News In Brief-Pet Cameras Are For Life, Not Just Christmas

Belfast union flag marchIt’s back to reality. Christmas is over and we’re all back at work including Belfast’s loyal rioters. There ain’t no party like a riotous party, proved by some of the city’s less law-abiding citizens. If you’re looking for a cheap getaway in the new year the bus is €16 and leaves Belfast Europa Bus Station every hour.

Also up north a man in Derry has been fined after stealing a CCTV camera which became his friend. Police found Peter Morrison, 24, drunk and “petting” the camera as they arrived to arrest him. Let’s hope he remembers CCTV pets are for life not just for Christmas.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has put his faith in Ireland after the successful debt auction yesterday. Enda and Eamon had a chat with Rompuy after making €2.5bn in a sale of five-year bonds, during which he praised our triumph over financial struggles. News in Brief doesn’t want to to worry anyone but anyone shopping at a ’debt auction’ sounds more dodgy than Tesco Value chicken and Van Rompuy? Bit to close to Disney villain for comfort.

Tabloid torturers and playful politician pokers have released figures demonstrating the website doubled traffic last year. The site acts as an image led feed of headlines and happenings maintained by journalists and like minded informants, famous for its “Meanwhile . . . “ headlines and the first place to find photographs of what’s going on up and down the country. It is demonstrative of the developing ways in which we share and look at news. So what did the figures of this evolutionary website show? The top three pages viewed last year were: Meanwhile at the Smithfield Horse Fair; Rosanna Davison’s Playboy Cover; and Poznan: Thanks for the Mammaries. New media it may be but nude media is timeless.

In more exciting news a rare sighting of the African Cattle Egret bird has been reported in Donegal! Walking behind a pig. Yes. Behind a pig.
This is only the second sighting of the bird as far north on the island of Ireland. A member of the heron family it has previously been spotted in the south but usually migrates to Africa for the Winter. this year it obviously decided to spend the festive season abroad. On a pig farm in Donegal. Birdwatch Ireland development officer Niall Hatch said, “when you see birds like this turning up in new areas, it is often a sign that something is changing.”

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changing. Sorry slipped into a bit of Bowie there for a minute. Remember him? Psychedelic seventies androgyny personified. Hold the phone he’s back!
It’s true! As News in Brief is sure you’re well aware, unless you live in a Labyrinth. The “last enigma of pop” as the Independent titled him, has this week released his first new single in forever to coincide with his 66th birthday. An album is to follow and accompany an exhibition of his eccentric fashions at the Victoria and Albert museum in London in March. While News in Brief doesn’t want to dampen Ziggy’s stardust, Bowie could have released a recording of his own bottom sounds and still reach number 1 in the charts.

Well it looks like we’re officially back to the grind and News in Brief already feels like a holiday. Until next week!