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NETHERLANDS

TV hosts eat each other

Two TV presenters were to cook and eat a small piece of human flesh surgically removed from the other’s body in a show being aired on Wednesday, the channel said. “It’s not a hoax,” BNN television spokesman Thijs Verheij said ahead of the weekly show Guinea-pigs that was broadcast at 9:40pm after being pre-recorded in a studio. BNN, which is aimed at an audience of teenagers and young adults, in 2007 broadcast a show in which participants in need of an organ transplant competed to win a kidney from a dying woman. It turned out to be a hoax. “The show in 2007 was held to raise awareness about the need for organ donors,” Verheij said. He said Guinea-pigs aimed to tackle off-the-wall issues, such as “what a small piece of human flesh tastes like.” Verheij said two pieces of flesh were surgically removed from the men’s bodies, one from one presenter’s abdomen, the other taken from his colleague’s buttocks.

NETHERLANDS

Editor fired for Rihanna slur

The editor of a fashion magazine has been fired after the publication used a racial slur to refer to Barbados-born Rihanna, setting off a social media furor and prompting an outraged response from the singer. Eva Hoeke, editor of Jackie, and the magazine’s publisher said in a joint statement on Facebook that the misuse of a racial slur — “although without malicious intentions” — was the cause for Hoeke’s departure after eight years on the job. The slur was used in an article about how to dress your daughter like a pop star. Responding to criticism, Hoeke said at first that her use of the term was meant as a joke. She then put out a Twitter item with a more explicit apology. On Tuesday, Rihanna responded herself via Twitter: “Your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights! I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!!” Hoeke said she was unaware the word she used was so loaded because “you hear it all the time on radio and TV.”

PORTUGAL

Cop suspended for e-mail

The city of Coimbra suspended its police chief for sending a Christmas e-mail greeting to its entire municipal workforce which contained images of scantily clad women and seasonal wishes for a great sex life. Euclides Santos accidentally e-mailed his colleagues a powerpoint presentation that wished them a merry Christmas and then displayed several women wearing lingerie and bikinis. “Enough with insincere and useless words. What I wish you from the bottom of my heart, is that you have incredible sexual relations, live a merry and happy life, work hard and get well paid,” read one of the final slides of the presentation shown on Portuguese television. Moments later, Euclides e-mailed his colleagues again, apologizing and warning that “there was an error in the attachment,” but it was too late.

ITALY

Busty Spanish model busted

Airport police eyeing up a busty Spanish model’s curves made a startling discovery on Wednesday — 2.5kg of pure cocaine stashed as implants in her bust and backside. The 33-year-old arriving in Rome from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was wearing tight-fitting clothes to enhance her voluptuousness, hoping that her looks might distract the attention of border police, ANSA news agency reported. The woman drew suspicion after giving unclear answers to questions about the reasons for her trip. The discovery was made when female investigators conducted a strip search.

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