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Boring TV trashed

Berlin, Oct. 20 (Reuters): A 25-year-old German woman enraged over another Saturday night of boring television programmes and dull re-runs hurled her TV set out the window of her fifth floor apartment window, police said today.

“There was nothing decent on so I just threw the thing out the window,” the woman identified as Veronika K., told Bild newspaper. No one was hurt in the incident in Potsdam. She later calmed down and watched another television with her children.

Base jumper snared in chute

Berlin (Reuters): A parachutist jumping from a 145-metre skyscraper escaped death when his chute failed to open properly but got snared on a crane next to the building leaving him hanging, German police said on Monday. “He got lucky after his initial misfortune,” said a spokesperson for police in the Bavarian capital Munich. Fire services took an hour to rescue the 32-year-old Austrian extreme sports enthusiast after his base jump from the 35th floor left him hanging 45 metres up. Police released the man, under investigation for making an illegal parachute jump, on bail of 450 euros.

Toilet trauma in airliner

Blantyre, Malawi (Reuters): A Malawi court fined a foreign journalist today for breaching security rules by trying to use a business class toilet on a state airliner carrying vice-president Justin Malewezi. “Your Worship... I did not know that it was an offence on Air Malawi to visit the toilet in the business class,” Peter Chilambwe told presiding magistrate Arthur Mtalimanja. After being fined 50 kwacha (47 US cents) on a charge of conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace, the Zambian journalist said he would never travel with Air Malawi again. “They should make these rules clear when one is booking,” he said. Regional police prosecutor Paul Jeremani said Chilambwe was not armed or violent, but police had treated the case seriously because the security of the vice-president — who was sitting in the business class section — had been at stake.

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