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Delay fears in Michaela case

A delay in typing transcripts from previous court hearings could hold up the trial of two men accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey (inset below) for another year.

John McAreavey (31) had previously been told the two hotel workers charged with killing his wife could go on trial later this year. Avinash Treebhowon (29) and Sandip Moneea (41) are accused of the murder of Michaela, daughter of Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte, on her honeymoon in Mauritius.

Ferry carrying 500 capsizes

A ferry carrying more than 500 passengers from Zanzibar to Pemba island off the east African country of Tanzania has capsized and scores of people are missing.

Zanzibar Police Commissioner Mussa Alli Mussa said: "Some 260 passengers have so far been rescued ... we have recovered several bodies but I can't give you the exact death toll at the moment because the situation is very volatile."

Forest fires hit Brazil capital

Forest fires have enshrouded Brazil's capital, Brasilia, in smoke.

The capital's Civil Defence agency says about 250 firefighters battled blazes in at least three different areas around the city.

The flames are not threatening residential areas.

The region around Brasilia has been suffering from a long drought. There has been no rain in at least three months, and humidity has dropped to the teens.

Activists seek release for croc

Animal rights activists are urging Philippine authorities to return a captured giant crocodile to the wild.

The mayor of the town where it was caught refuses, saying it poses a threat to his constituents.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said that if the 20ft saltwater crocodile, nicknamed Lolong, remains in captivity it will develop abnormal behaviour and endanger its caretakers and visitors to a park where it is held.