Monday, 27. May 2013
03. 11. 12. - 16:00
Hundreds of happy couples have swamped divorce officials in China after a new housing policy meant they could double the size of their homes by splitting up.
Under the new build scheme in Guiyang, Guizhou province, southern China, single people are entitled to one building plot each while married couples get just one.
Now officials say more than five hundred couples have filed for quickie divorces so they can get two plots instead of one.
"Me and my husband are very happy. But all of our neighbiours, all of our friends and all of our family have divorced so what can we do?" said newly single Guo Chaoqing, 65.
"If my wife, I, our son and his daughter all get divorced we'll get four plots. We can't get left behind," he added.
Local registrar Liu Weng admitted: "Something has gone very wrong with this policy. People are taking advantage of a loophole."
DJ Ötzi manager dies
A rap star died when he slipped on a platform in St Polten, Austria, and fell under the wheels of the train he was running to catch.
Pint Sized Rocky Helps handicapped Kids
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Birth balance negative once again
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Holidays against burnout
The growing pressure in the working environment makes holidays even more important. This has been shown by a survey of the European Travel Insurance Company.
Record winter for tourism in Tyrol
Winter tourism in Tyrol (Western Austria) has set a new record for the season of 2012/13. Around 26.2 million overnight stays and almost 5.4 million arrivals were registered. Tirol Werbung stated that some regions have reached their capacity level.
Skimming conman jailed
The state court of Linz convicted a 33-year-old man for skimming, which is the manipulation of the cash machine in order to spy on the pin code. The man stole almost 5,800 Euros. He was sentenced to 24 months in jail on Wednesday.
Football manager fined 30,000 Euro
Adi Hütter, the manager of the football team SV Scholz Grödig (Salzburg state), was sentenced to a fine of 30,000 Euros on Wednesday due to tax evasion. Mr Hütter has to pay half of the amount.
Suspected fraud in community flats sector
Five recently renovated community flats are being taken apart again. The state-housing organisation "Wiener Wohnen" is examining whether the renovation works have been carried out properly.
New theatre alliance
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