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Murder probe woman freed

A WOMAN quizzed by gardai over the murder of a pensioner was released without charge last night.

Gardai believe Seamus Doherty (67) was strangled at his Donegal cottage in the early hours of last Sunday.

A woman in her 50s was released from custody at Letterkenny Garda Station. A man in his 40s who was questioned earlier this week was released pending a report to the DPP.

The murder took place at Mr Doherty's cottage in the townland of Drumacanoo, Glenswilly, about six miles from Letterkenny.

Taliban kill 18 in hotel attack

Taliban gunmen stormed a lakeside hotel near Kabul, sending guests jumping from windows or into a lake to try to escape the onslaught. Eighteen people were killed in the 12-hour rampage.

The gunmen -- toting machineguns, rocket-propelled grenades and vests laden with explosives -- first killed the hotel's security guards, then pushed their way inside and began firing at guests.

Gunfire rang out for hours and black smoke rose from the two-storey hotel as Nato helicopters circled overhead.

Elvis's crypt is safe again

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien has agreed not to sell Elvis Presley's crypt after fans demanded that it be kept as a shrine to his memory.

Julien's Auctions had announced in May that it would sell the empty tomb at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis tomorrow.

Presley was interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, in August 1977. Two months later, they were reburied at his Graceland home. The crypt has remained empty ever since.

Washington takes dinosaur

The US government has seized a dinosaur skeleton in New York City that it says was unjustly taken from Mongolia.

The crates holding the Tyrannosaurus bataar fossil were held at a Queens storage facility. The seizure was carried out yesterday.

Florida man Eric Prokopi says he legitimately obtained the specimen, which he put together at great expense before it was sold at auction for more than $1m.