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In brief: Flatley's Cliffs of Moher show

SUPERHOOFER Michael Flatley is to help stage a Lord Of The Dance performance at the Cliffs of Moher.

The ex-Riverdance star is to set up two shows next month as part of a campaign to get the cliffs named as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

"These people in Clare are working 20 hours a day. I think it's remarkable achievement if they can pull it off. It's a really wonderful chance for Ireland to be seen in the light it should be seen right now," he said.

Little hope of good weather

PUT away the barbecue and ditch the factor 10, there is little hope of hot weather coming our way in the near future, say forecasters.

The coming week will be unsettled with maximum temperatures struggling into the high teens.

Met Eireann predicts that several days of cloud and scattered showers are ahead for most of the country -- continuing the mixed bag of weather most of us have been experiencing in recent days.

Palin hints at presidential bid

Sarah Palin stoked new speculation of a future presidential run, inserting herself into the 2012 conversation by visiting Iowa during an important week in the Republican race -- and just as Texas Governor Rick Perry becomes a candidate.

"There is still plenty of room for a common sense conservative," the former Alaska governor insisted to a crush of reporters as she inspected cattle with her family at the Iowa State Fair.

Officials think tourist is dead

Authorities in Aruba believe a missing American tourist is no longer alive and are seeking to extend a detention order for her travel companion as they seek witnesses who will help them build a case against him, a prosecutor on the Dutch Caribbean island said.

Investigators have few witnesses who saw Robyn Gardner and Gary V Giordano together in Aruba before he reported her missing, said Solicitor General Taco Stein.

Mr Giordano has told police she was apparently pulled away by the ocean current as they snorkelled.