Racket made over bells

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The war­ring parties in Ye­men have agreed to a 72-hour cease­fire, which is to take ef­fect shortly be­fore mid­night to­day, the UN special en­voy to Ye­men said. A UN state­ment said Special En­voy Is­mail Ould Cheikh Ahmed “wel­comes the restora­tion of the Ces­sa­tion of Hos­til­i­ties, which will spare the Yemeni peo­ple fur­ther blood­shed and will al­low for the ex­panded de­liv­ery of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance”. Ahmed said he had re­ceived as­sur­ances from all Yemeni parties to cease hos­til­i­ties at 11.59pm Ye­men time on Oc­to­ber 19 “for an ini­tial pe­riod of 72 hours, sub­ject to re­newal”. He said the war­ring fac­tions had agreed to fol­low the terms and con­di­tions of a tem­po­rary April cease-fire agree­ment. He ex­pressed hope that the up­com­ing cease­fire would lead “to a per­ma­nent and last­ing end to the con­flict”. Ahmed said the agree­ment obliges all parties “to al­low free and un­hin­dered ac­cess for hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­plies and per­son­nel” to all parts of Ye­men. A small Span­ish town is con­sid­er­ing fin­ing a medieval church 16,000 eu­ros (Dhs65,000) be­cause its bells are “too noisy”. The town hall of Mos­toles, south­west of Madrid, said that, fol­low­ing com­plaints from res­i­dents, town tech­ni­cians mea­sured the noise level of the chimes of Our Lady of the As­sump­tion Church and found they were some 30 deci­bels above the 55 rate per­mit­ted by town reg­u­la­tions. Ex­perts say nor­mal con­ver­sa­tion pro­duces 55-60 deci­bels while an air­plane in flight pro­duces 110-120 deci­bels. Parish priest Ig­na­cio Tor­res told the El Pais news­pa­per the bells have al­ways been tolling in the town, and that they were usu­ally only rung at noon and be­fore evening Mass.

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