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In Brief: Rio's tribute to Paddy's Day

ANOTHER of the world's most iconic landmarks is going green for St Patrick's Day.

The Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro will be turned green on March 17 as a salute to Ireland and Brazil's Irish community.

The statue at the top of Corcovado mountain -- which is Brazil's most famous symbol -- is the latest in a long list of world landmarks to be involved in St Patrick's Day celebrations.

That list includes Sydney Opera House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, the London Eye and Table Mountain in Cape Town.



Rape is not a weapon of war

A new report challenges the widespread belief that rape is increasingly being used as a "weapon of war" in trouble spots around the world.

A research team from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver said there is no compelling evidence to support this belief or claims by the UN officials, UN reports and others that sexual violence in wartime is increasing, or that it is shared in conflict zones outside Libya, Congo and Sudan.



Haughey drama wins €1m fund

A THREE-PART drama that will look at modern Ireland through the influence of Charlie Haughey has been awarded almost one-quarter of the total funding of the latest Sound and Vision Scheme.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has released the list of projects to be funded.

A total of 64 radio and 15 TV projects will be supported by the fund, but €1m of the €4.5m total will go to the production of Citizen Charlie.

The drama will be shown on RTE One.



Police back at Lohan home

Actress Lindsay Lohan was involved in yet another public spat, this time with her mother in what Long Island police called a "verbal argument" outside the family home.

Police responded to an emergency call about a domestic dispute involving Lohan and her mother, Dina, but made no arrests and left the scene shortly after arriving, a spokeswoman for the Nassau County police said.


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