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By-election call comes to court Macca reflects on Obama gig Weight drug in successful trial Ex-Australian PM in hospital

The Government is set for a High Court showdown with Sinn Fein over a stalled by-election in Donegal.

A judge ordered the case could go ahead in October in a row over the delay in filling Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher's vacant Dail seat.

Sinn Fein Senator Pearse Doherty -- who is hoping to take the seat -- said: "If the Government had any sense of decency it would have used the opportunity today to set a date for an election rather than a court case."

He added that their failure to call the election so far was "a testament of their fear of facing the electorate".

Macca reflects on Obama gig

Paul McCartney declared himself a fan of President Barack Obama and admitted performing at the White House was "very exciting".

The former Beatle performed in the East Room of the Presidential residence last month.

He said: "I'm a fan of the president. I believe that he's been dealt a bad hand. He came into that job with a lot of difficulties on his plate that weren't of his creation.

"So I was eager to meet him, being a fan of his and his wife. I had never actually been to the White House, so that was great."

Weight drug in successful trial

Dramatic effects were seen from a weight loss recipe that combines anti-addiction drugs with dieting and exercise.

A group of obese trial patients put on the programme lost up to 6pc of their bodyweight over the course of a year.

However, the treatment's success was tempered by a lack of significant reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Ex-Australian PM in hospital

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd was admitted to hospital today for gall bladder surgery.

He will have an operation to remove his gall bladder later today, the statement said.

The ex-premier, who was ousted by his deputy, Julia Gillard, last month, is expected to be in hospital for a few days, giving him some rest from campaigning for his parliament seat ahead of August 21 elections.