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Burton to lead EU Treaty 'yes' vote bid

Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection, has been named Labour's director of elections for the referendum on the European fiscal treaty.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said that passing the agreement to toughen up budgetary discipline is crucial to Ireland's economic recovery. A vote is planned for May 31.

"I believe that appointing somebody of Joan's stature and experience is a clear indication as to how seriously the Labour Party is taking this campaign," the Tanaiste said.

Students shot dead in car

Gunfire shattered the window of a BMW near the University of Southern California campus just after midnight, striking two Chinese graduate students inside.

Ying Wu and Ming Qu, who police say were believed to have been dating, were dead by the time they got to hospital.

Search for 40 abducted staff

Peruvian security forces stepped up an air and land search for 40 construction workers more than two days after they were kidnapped by Shining Path rebels.

The workers, employees of Skanska of Sweden and the Peruvian company Ransa, were seized before dawn on Monday in the hamlet of Kepashiato, near the country's main natural gas field in the Amazon jungle.

Bomb threat to plane false

Korean Airlines says no bomb was found after authorities searched a Boeing 777 that was diverted to a Canadian military base after the company's US call centre received a bomb threat.

Korean Air spokeswoman Penny Pfaelzer said the 149 passengers were on their way to Vancouver where the plane would be refuelled. before heading to Seoul.