The Today Radio News team brings you the latest news headlines for Friday, 26 May.
CGDIS REPORT - The Grand Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps have presented their yearly report, showing a 7% increase in interventions year on year. 2022 was yet another busy year for Luxembourg's emergency services and volunteers, compounded by the refugee crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine, as well a series of fires requiring intricate rescue operations.
FUEL PRICE UP - Motorists in Luxembourg are set to face a notable increase in petrol prices, with an overnight hike taking effect from last night. The cost of SP98 unleaded petrol is seeing a sharp rise, now costing 1.822€ per liter, marking a 2.9 cent increase. This is the sole price rise taking place tonight. Diesel and SP95 prices will remain unchanged.
ECHTERNACH LAKE - From today, swimming is allowed in the Echternach lake. Initially, the swimming area is marked with buoys, but it should be enlarged in the coming years. Three pontoons are also fixed to lie on or jump into the water. Swimmers can now take a dip in a number of natural waters here in the Grand Duchy until the end of September– Echternach, the upper Sure Lake as well as the Remerschen and Weiswampach lakes.
JAPAN ATTACK - Japanese police have detained a suspect who had holed up in a building after allegedly killing four people, including two police officers, in a gun and knife attack. Police have confirmed the male suspect has been formally arrested on suspicion of murder using a hunting rifle. Violent crime is very rare in Japan, which has a low murder rate and some of the world's toughest gun laws.
BELARUS NUCLEAR - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has confirmed that Russia has begun moving nuclear weapons to its territory, which borders the European Union. On the diplomatic front, Russia's foreign ministry announced a visit to Moscow by China's special envoy for Ukraine, Li Hui. Li's visit to the Russian capital, where he is expected to meet foreign minister Sergei Lavrov today, comes after he met Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.
CAPITOL ATTACK SENTENCE - The founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia has been handed an 18-year prison sentence for sedition in the 2021 attack on the US Capitol, the toughest penalty given yet over the January 6 assault. Out of the more than 1,000 people charged over the attack, Stewart Rhodes was singled out for directing his heavily armed group to descend on Washington and use violence if necessary to prevent Joe Biden from becoming president.
FOOTBALL - It's the Cup Final in Luxembourg tonight. FC Differdange and Mersch will face each other in a well-filled Stade de Luxembourg. The winner will also start next season in the 2nd round of the Conference League. Organisers are asking the more than 7,000 spectators to take the train or use the Park&Ride system from the Gare, as well as the car park at the Kockelscheuer and the Stadium.
FORMULA 1 - It's Formula 1 this weekend in Monaco. The Monaco Grand Prix, seen as the most challenging race of the season will see Sergio Perez challenging his team mate Max Verstappen to the drivers’ crown...You can follow the first two free practice sessions this afternoon live, on rtl.lu and on RTL Play.
CYCLING - The 18th stage in the Giro d'Italia was won yesterday by the Italian Filippo Zana. Geraint Thomas continues to be the general leader. Today, on the third to last day, the race will go over 183 very difficult kilometers, up to the Tre Cime, the symbol of the Dolomites.
Not only do we have a long weekend ahead, but to sweeten the deal, the sun continues to shine brightly! Expect summery weather today with temperatures reaching up to 22 degrees during the day and a few small clouds popping up in the afternoon. The weekend’s forecast is even better, with highs of 25-26°C predicted for the rest of the long weekend.
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