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Coast Guard offices to stay

Maritime officers at the three Irish Coast Guard stations will have to adopt new efficient working regimes after the Government opted to keep them open.

Fears had grown that Dublin, Malin and Valentia would be shut down in a cost-cutting drive after a 'value for money' report was handed to the Government.

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, said he decided to keep the stations open after careful consideration.

Thug guilty of stabbing fan

A MAN is facing a life sentence today for knifing a Liverpool football fan to death in a bar.

Paul Beck (29), of Kentish Town, north London, will be sentenced at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to murdering Alex Jarmay.

Mr Jarmay (26) of Bromborough, Wirral, died after the apparently random attack at the Bar Uno in Camden, north London, in February. Beck's brother Damien (24), also of Kentish Town, pleaded guilty to wounding Jarmay and was also remanded in custody.

Assange seeks medical help

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from a chronic lung condition after spending months inside a one-room office at the Ecuadorian embassy.

Ecuador's Ambassador to the UK, Ana Alban, said she intends to appeal to the Home Office for Assange to be granted safe passage to medical services.

Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador in June, after unsuccessfully attempting to halt his extradition from Britain to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning on sexual assault charges concerning two women.

$580m lottery jackpot shared

A mammoth US lottery jackpot of $580m will be shared between two lucky winners.

Powerball officials today confirmed that two winning tickets were sold: one in Arizona and one in Missouri.

The draw for the Multi-State Lottery Association's prize followed 16 consecutive draws that produced no top winner, boosting the prize to the second-largest in US history.