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Cliffs draw over a million tourists

The Cliffs of Moher saw a 12.5pc increase in the number of visitors in 2014, breaking the million mark for the first time.

A total of 1,075,000 people travelled to the Co Clare attraction, 115,000 more than in 2013 and an increase for the fourth successive year.

The Director of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Katherine Webster credited the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way as well as new routes into Shannon Airport for the success.

Mother faces murder charges

A Massachusetts woman who lived in a squalid home where police said they found the skeletal remains of three babies will be charged on Monday morning.

Erika Murray (31) is scheduled to be charged on nine charges, including two counts of murder.

The mother of seven children - four living, three deceased - originally had been charged with fetal death concealment after the remains were found in her home in September.

Putin foe court date shifted

A Moscow court has moved up the date of its verdict in a criminal case against President Vladimir Putin's top foe in an apparent bid to derail a planned protest.

Earlier this month, prosecutors asked the court to convict Alexei Navalny of defrauding a cosmetics company and to sentence him to 10 years in prison.

Navalny's supporters set up a group on Facebook to organise a protest near the Kremlin on January 15, when the verdict was to be announced.

Shots fired at police patrol

A man fired a rifle at two Los Angeles officers in a patrol car, but no one was injured in the attack that comes amid tension nationwide between police and protesters rallying against their tactics.

The two officers were responding to a radio call and driving in the neighbourhood around 9.30pm when they saw the muzzle flash of a rifle pointed in their direction, the LAPD said. The officers returned fire, but no one was hit.

The officers arrested one suspect and recovered a rifle close to the scene.