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Dublin suspect denies IRA link

The Special Criminal Court has found that the detention of a Dublin man on trial for membership of the IRA was lawful and that his trial can continue.

Sean Farrell (26), of Kilfenora Road, Crumlin, has pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation within the State namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA, on July 7 2010.

The trial continues this afternoon in front of the non-jury court.



Murder suspect arrested by yard

A man wanted in Italy on suspicion of murdering a police officer 30 years ago has been arrested after being spotted queuing up in a London post office.

Gianfranco Techegne (49), of Old Pye Street, Westminster, has been wanted by the Italian authorities since 1982 over the armed robbery of a car hire agency in Naples when the police officer was shot.

He was detained after being seen in a post office opposite Scotland Yard and appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court where he was remanded in custody.



UN chief calls for Darfur decrease

UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsousis calling for a significant decrease and reorganisation in the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur because fighting between Sudanese government forces and rebel groups has decreased.

A recent review found an increased risk to civilians from violent crimes, particularly in urban areas and camps for tens of thousands of displaced people, "as opposed to from armed conflict".



Elise voted off American Idol

Elise Testone won't be winning American Idol.

The rockin' 28-year-old teacher received the fewest viewer votes on the Fox singing competition yesterday. Testone delivered energetic renditions of Queen's I Want It All and Jimi Hendrix's Bold As Love, but wasn't able to evade, eviction after appearing at the bottom of the pack six times this season. An 11th season Idol champion is to be crowned May 23.


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