Briefs, October 21, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 3:16am

Big turnout for heir to throne's wedding

LUXEMBOURG - Crowned heads of Europe and ordinary citizens gathered for Luxembourg's biggest royal event in decades to see heir-to-the-throne Prince Guillaume wed Belgian countess Stephanie de Lannoy. Thousands crammed the centre of Luxembourg city after the ceremony to see the pair exchange their first kiss in public as a married couple on the balcony of the Royal Palace. Princess Caroline of Monaco, Britain's Prince Edward, and Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito were among the royals who were at the Catholic wedding mass at Notre Dame cathedral. The couple also had a civil ceremony on Friday at the City Hall. AFP

Canadian high school girls held over bullying

LONDON - Eight Canadian high school pupils were arrested and charged with criminal harassment following a police probe into a bullying case at a school in southwestern Ontario. The arrests of the girls came as Canadians mourn a British Columbia teen who committed suicide after enduring years of internet sexual exploitation and torment by her peers. Amanda Todd took her own life five weeks after she uploaded a video to YouTube describing years of bullying that drove her to drugs and alcohol. AP

Van driver arrested over hit-and-run spree

LONDON - A series of hit-and-run incidents in the Welsh city of Cardiff killed a woman and injured 11 other pedestrians, including seven children. Witnesses described a motorist deliberately driving into families walking home from school. South Wales police said a 32-year-old woman was killed, and other victims were taken to hospital for treatment. An unidentified 31-year-old man was arrested and a van seized. Authorities said there were at least five separate hit-and-run collisions across the city. AP

Reporter victim of sex attack in Tahrir Square

CAIRO - A French female television reporter was sexually assaulted during a protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square, she said, the latest in a series of attacks on women covering unrest in Egypt. Sonia Dridi, a reporter for France 24, said a mob of mostly young men surrounded her while she was on the air and then began to grope her. The attack lasted several minutes before a male friend managed to pull her out. Dridi said she was filing a police complaint. AFP