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50 Irish to join Gaza aid ships

Up to 50 Irish campaigners are expected to join a coalition of pro-Palestinian supporters on a second aid flotilla to Gaza.

Seven groups have come together to bring public figures, members of the media and activists on cargo ships and passenger boats in late autumn.

Campaigners say the sea mission is a second attempt to end the four year-long Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Organisers said between 10 and 15 boats are being lined up for the trip with ships from Britain, the United States, Canada and continental Europe expected to take part.

Police shoot protest boy (11)

Police opened fire with live rounds at rock-throwing Kashmiris, killing an 11-year-old boy and sparking violent street protests by thousands in India's portion of the troubled Himalayan region.

At least 22 people were wounded in firing. More than 60 people have died in anti-India demonstrations and clashes between security forces and protesters in the volatile region since June.

Anger against Indian rule runs deep in Kashmir, which is divided between Hindu-majority India and predominantly Muslim Pakistan, though claimed by both nuclear-armed nations in its entirety.

Facebook win for rugby choir

A choir of former rugby players will take over the field at a Tri-nations rugby test in Sydney next month to sing the Australian national anthem after accumulating more than 10,000 supporters.

The Old Boys Rugby Choir will belt out a no-frills version of Advance Australia Fair when the Wallabies play the All Blacks at Sydney's Olympic Stadium on September 11 after winning a challenge to gather 10,000 fans on Facebook.

Slash goes solo with divorce

Slash is preparing to go solo -- in his love life.

US court records show the Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly nine years.

Slash, real name Saul Hudson, and his wife Perla separated in July and cited irreconcilable differences for the split.

They have two sons aged eight and six.