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In Brief: Woman jailed over brothels

A WOMAN who kept brothels in Sligo and Longford and ran a prostitution service has been jailed for three years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Nigerian national Charity Ajayioba (36) later claimed that she had been trafficked to Ireland and was forced to work here as a prostitute to pay back a debt.

The court heard the brothels earned €90,000 over 36 months and that there were at least two to three women working at each location.

Hollande faces domestic crisis

FRANCOIS Hollande's partner has set the French political establishment aghast with a tweet seen as a dig against his ex-partner.

The tweet of support to Olivier Falorni, a politician in western France, was signed by Valerie Trierweiler and dominated news shows.

It was seen as a dig at Segolene Royal, the mother of Hollande's four children and former Socialist presidential candidate, who is running against Falorni in Sunday's final round of parliamentary elections.

Man jailed for knife murder

A MAN has been jailed for life for murdering his neighbour by inflicting over 90 wounds on him with a knife and a metal punching tool.

William O'Leary (30) of 85 North Main Street, Youghal, County Cork, changed his plea at the Central Criminal Court and admitted murdering Michael O'Shea (31) on January 13, 2011.

O'Leary had initially pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, but changed his plea to murder because his lawyer said he was "overcome with remorse".

Iraq attacks leave 35 dead

AT least 35 people have died in a series of car bomb attacks in Iraq, officials said.

Four co-ordinated blasts targeting Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad killed at least 20 people, police and health officials said, while two bombs in Hillah left 15 dead.

Police said the first bomb struck at around 5am in the northern Baghdad neighbourhood of Taji, killing seven.

Within hours, three more explosions hit other processions in different parts of the capital.

The death toll from today's bombings is expected to rise.