The tumultuous love triangle between human girl Bella Swan, vampire Edward Cullen and werewolf Jacob Black, that has gripped avid fans known as “Twi-hards” for seven years, comes to a tantalizing end as “Breaking Dawn-Part 2” hits movie theaters around the world.
The “Twilight” film franchise, based on a series of novels by Stephenie Meyer, rocketed the three main stars, Kristen Stewart (Bella), Robert Pattinson (Edward) and Taylor Lautner (Jacob), into the spotlight and the first four films have grossed more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office.
Massive anti-austerity strikes and protests swept across Europe as millions took to the streets to express their frustration over rising unemployment and dire economic prospects. Many rallies ended with violent clashes with police.
Workers marched in 23 countries across Europe to mark the European Day of Action and Solidarity.
General strikes had been called in Spain and Portugal, paralyzing public services and international flights, in Belgium and France transport links were partially disrupted by strikes and demonstrations, in Italy and Greece thousands of workers and students marched through the streets.Spain, which has the highest unemployment rate in the industrialized world, pioneered the action, with protests and clashes starting overnight and dozens of arrests reported by morning. According to the unions, some 9 million workers took to the streets across the nation.
Hospital workers, patients and supporters of public healthcare shout slogans as they take part in a protest outside Madrid’s Princesa hospital, against the local government’s plans to cut spending on public healthcare November 6, 2012. The region of Madrid will now join Catalonia by charging one euro for prescriptions, along with other cash-saving measures that including the outsourcing of non-health-related hospital services and the health services of six recently-built clinics.
Surrounded by police in fleets of riot vans, the crowd gathered in front of police barriers blocking the road to the Congress where lawmakers were debating the 2013 budget, yelling slogans against cuts and political corruption.Yesterday the Bank of Spain said the economy had contracted by 0.4pc in the third quarter. This was less than expected but may have been distorted by a rush of sales before a rise in VAT last month. “The worst of the contraction is still to come,” said Ricardo Santos from BNP Paribas.
Tens of thousands of teaching jobs have been cut, class sizes have increased, and there have been dramatic increases in tuition fees.
Scholarships, subsidies for textbooks and school dinners have disappeared, and other support grants have been cancelled.