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News in brief: President urges PM to quit as protests escalate in Bulgarian capital

BULGARIA’S president called on the government to step down as hundreds of riot police cordoned off the parliament building in Sofia against demonstrators. Echoing protesters’ demands, Rumen Radev warned the only way out of the turmoil was for prime minister Boyko Borissov (pictured) and his cabinet to quit. ‘We’re in a dead-end street,’ he said. Thousands gathered in the capital for the biggest protest in nearly two months of rallies over claims that a mafia run by oligarchs has been allowed to take control of the Balkan country.

Abe’s ally tipped to take reins

A POLICY adviser to outgoing prime minister Shinzo Abe has emerged as favourite to become Japan’s new leader when voting takes place later this month. Yoshihide Suga is seen as a safe pair of hands who will continue the policies of his boss, 65, who is quitting for health reasons. The 71-year-old is a familiar public figure who handles daily media briefings on TV.

Preserved heads to return home

TWO mummified heads will be returned to New Zealand after more than a century, a German museum pledged. Sending back the ritually preserved remains of high-ranking Maoris will ‘begin to heal the injustice that was committed’ by taking them to Europe, bosses said. One has been in Berlin’s Ethnological Museum since 1879 and the other since 1905.

Camping kids prefer in tent net to singing and ghost stories

SINGALONGS and telling ghost stories while camping have given way to streaming films, listening to music and browsing social media, a study finds. More than a third of campers say traditional past times are considered ‘boring’ by children — with more than eight in ten making sure to pack electronic devices. Six in ten adults have cooked marshmallows over a fire, but just four in ten of children can say the same, according to the study from EE.

Milkman and wife for 50 years

Wed top: Maureen & Derek

A COUPLE celebrated 50 years of doing a milk round together — by delivering their 10millionth pint. But Derek Clancy, 84, and his wife Maureen do not plan to retire from work in Elmet, North Yorkshire, yet. Maureen, 83, who wed in 1958, said: ‘I’ve done milk longer than I’ve done anything in life, other than my marriage.’

Cream job: The couple PICTURES: SWNS

And after being told by a GP she has the ‘heart of a 21-year-old’, she said: ‘The secret to healthy life is fresh air, exercise — and of course drink great milk.’

NEWS BITES

■ GONORRHOEA cases soared 26 per cent last year from 56,232 to 70,936. Overall, 468,342 sexually transmitted disease cases were diagnosed, a five per cent rise on 2018, new figures from Public Health England show

■ A PUB landlord was ‘stunned’ when a good Samaritan left a £100 tip after only buying a single £4.90 pint. Chris Rowlands, of Bub’s bar in Cardiff, feared the customer had made a mistake. But when he got in touch the man said he wanted to ‘help the place out’ after lockdown.

■ RARE hen harriers have seen their best breeding season since a recovery project began in 2002. Sixty chicks have fledged from 19 nests in Yorkshire, Cumbria, Northumberland and Lancashire, Natural England says.

■ FIBRES from blue jeans have been found in the Arctic for the first time. They also account for a quarter of microfibres polluting North America’s Great Lakes, say Toronto University experts who advise washing denims less often.

■ ARTIFICIAL intelligence has been harnessed to reveal how pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer dodges the immune system. It should allow the aggressive tumours to be treated with immunotherapies, London’s Institute of Cancer Research says.