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In brief: Japan honours bomb victims

The Japanese city of Hiroshima is commemorating the 66th anniversary of the bombing, as the nation fights a different kind of disaster from atomic technology - a nuclear plant in a meltdown crisis after being hit by a tsunami.

The site of the world's first A-bomb attack observed a moment of silence this morning at exactly the time the bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, by the United States in the last stages of World War Two. The bomb destroyed most of the city and killed as many as 140,000 people.

A second atomic bombing August 9 in Nagasaki killed tens of thousands more and the Japanese to surrender.

Armada hope

on shipwreck

The wreckage of a sunken vessel believed to be from the Spanish Armada has been discovered off the Donegal coast.

Underwater archaeologists are to explore the historic wreck, located in shallow waters in Rutland Harbour, near Burtonport.

Evidence uncovered during a dive survey revealed the vessel was likely to be a 16th century, possibly part of the 1588 Spanish Armada.

Heritage minister Jimmy Deenihan has granted f50,000 for the excavation.

220 escape in

jet fire drama

AROUND 220 passengers aboard an American Airlines flight from Paris to Chicago were forced to evacuate a Boeing 767 jet when at least one tyre caught fire upon landing .

The passengers and 12-man crew were evacuated from the plane by emergency slide yesterday at O'Hare International Airport.

American Airlines said it did not yet know what caused the incident.

Eight people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Grease actress

Cha Cha dies

Annette Charles, best known for her role as leggy, red-lipped bad girl Cha Cha DiGregorio in Grease has died in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer.

The 63-year-old's death comes little more than two months after the death of Grease actor Jeff Conaway, whose character Kenickie was Cha Cha's date at the school dance.