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Inquest set into rapist's death

A date has been set for the inquest into the death of a convicted rapist whose severed arm was washed up on Dollymount Strand.

Gardai investigating the death of James Nolan (46), from Fairlawn Road in Finglas, Dublin 11 told the Dublin coroner that while the investigation into the death is active, it is possible to proceed with the inquest.

Nolan's arm was washed up on the north Dublin beach on February 8, 2011. At the opening of the inquest into his death last December, Dublin Coroner's Court heard that the identity of the limb's owner was confirmed after gardai issued samples through Interpol and the London Metropolitan Police found a DNA profile that matched the tissue.

52 missing as boat sinks

Rescuers searched yesterday for 52 people missing after a South Korean fishing ship they were working on sank in the Bering Sea, an official said. At least one person died.

Authorities rescued seven crew members and recovered one body, but weather and water conditions were complicating the search for the others, an fisheries official said.

The crew included 35 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos, 11 South Koreans and one Russian inspector. The ship sank in the western part of the Bering Sea, near Russia.

Quarry workers murdered

Somali al Shabaab militants killed at least 36 non-Muslim workers at a quarry in northeast Kenya, beheading at least two of them in the same area that they hijacked a bus and killed 28 passengers just over a week ago.

Gunmen crept up on dozens of workers as they slept in tents around the quarry.

A witness counted 36 bodies at the quarry, about 15 km from the town of Mandera.

First gay mayor for Poland

Robert Biedron (38) already made history once in Poland by becoming the first openly gay lawmaker in parliament in 2011. Yesterday, he became the country's first openly gay mayor, a marker of how quickly Poland has changed in the decade since it joined the European Union.