Ryanair Planes Nearly Collide Over Spain

Story By: Angjela Trajkovska, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News   Two Ryanair planes are said to have almost crashed into each other mid-flight whilst flying over Spain. One of the Ryaniar flights was travelling from the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela to Palma de Majorca, capital of the Spanish Balearic Island of…

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Pics shows: The rubbish on the beach; This is the moment outraged islanders film their capital’s beachfront boulevard messed up by litterbug tourists, adding to the increasing resentment caused by 'over-tourism'. Footage released by Facebook group ‘Islanders Fed Up With Saturation’ was filmed in Palma, capital of Majorca in the Spanish Balearic Islands. The clip was accompanied by the message: "Just yesterday! How long will this go on for?" In the video, scores of mostly-topless tourists, some seen sleeping on public lawns, mingle among rubbish dropped during a night of boozing. Countless empty bottles, food wrappers and odds and ends line the boulevard. The camera zooms in on a mound of litter left on the otherwise-picturesque beach. The same Facebook group also shared a photo of a tourist climbing a large palm tree late at night. Many pictures of graffiti daubed in town areas reading "tourists go home" have also been circulated on social media. According to local media, since last month the resort has become full of tourists seeking balmy Mediterranean thrills. Much of the tourism, according to many locals, is young binge-drinking groups who "do not respect anything". Residents are also concerned by rising crime that accompanies busy holiday seasons, as pick pockets and drug organisations take full advantage of the hordes of excited holidaymakers. As do local landlords, who are accused of hiking up rent prices through online portals such as Airbnb, forcing workers and residents out of their home towns. Last week, neighbouring island Ibiza made the headlines when tourists were being offered bunk-bed ‘accommodation’ on an apartment balcony for 50 EUR (44 GBP) a night. In summer 2017, councillor for tourism in Ibiza Town Vicente Torres said: "The relatively recent arrival of online platforms like Airbnb has already created an unsustainable situation. We want to see rented accommodation priced for long-term residents, not short-term tourists."

Majorcans Demand Limits On Tourist Numbers

Story By: Ana Lacasa, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News Exasperated Majorcans want to limit the number of tourists who can visit the island every year. After video footage of a heavily littered seafront in the Spanish Balearic island of Majorca caused indignation, locals have said they want to limit the number of tourists.…

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Pic Shows: Officers raided the suspect's home after the stabbing; An Iranian man suspected of stabbing a German woman to death when she rejected his advances has been arrested in Spain after an international manhunt. Iranian citizen Ali Shahghaleh, 44, has been arrested in Seville in southern Spain after an international arrest warrant was issued by German police for the killing of the 36-year-old woman, identified only as Anna S. because of local privacy laws, in Dusseldorf in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The woman, who was an event planner, was stabbed to death in the street on 20th August. According to German newspaper Bild, witnesses saw Shahghaleh attack the victim from behind and stab her before running off. They said they had tried to chase him, but had been forced to give up when he also threatened them with the knife. According to Bild, Shahghaleh came to Germany in 2001 and knew the victim because she lived close to the kiosk where he worked. He had previously written her four letters in which he professed his love for her, and the newspaper quoted one of the letters. He wrote: "Dear Anna, you are a very beautiful, happy and independent businesswoman. I’m not trying to destroy your life. For I need your help to rebuild my life anew." He added: "I only want to let you know how much I need you and I miss you. Every second without you is hell for me." He ended the letter with "I like you very much" and signed it as "Fool Ali." When arrested, he was unarmed and had a train ticket to Valencia in his pocket. Police have so far found no clues as to the location of the murder weapon and German investigators will only be able to interrogate him when he is extradited to Germany.

Germany Spends 8k To Fly Iranian Migrant Into Germany

Story By: Aleksandra Stefanova, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News Germany is having to pay thousands of pounds to fly an Iranian immigrant back into the country so he can go on trial for the alleged murder of a German woman who had rejected his advances. Officials justified the move after saying that because…

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Man Wins Hotel Damages After Losing Eye On Shower Head

Story By: Anastasia Tsougka, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News   A man has won a legal battle against a hotel after the shower head in his room was blasted off by high water pressure and hit him in the eye, which he subsequently lost. The 38-year-old truck driver from Macedonia successfully sued the…

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Spanish Hotels Stop Minibars After Brits Pee In Bottles

Story By: Ana Lacasa, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News   Hotels on Spain’s Costa Blanca have stopped installing minibars after accusing "mostly British" tourists of refilling bottles with pee and other liquids. According to Hosbec, a hotel association for Costa Blanca and Benidorm, recent law changes have meant that hotels are no longer…

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