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Iraqi family lose asylum appeal

AN Iraqi family who claimed they had left their homeland because the "Mujahideen Brigade" had threatened to kill them, have lost a legal challenge against a decision of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal not to grant them asylum in Ireland.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott said in the High Court that the Baghdad couple and their son (22), all Shia Muslims, had failed to establish a "well-founded fear of persecution".

Breivik father feeling guilty

THE father of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who killed 77 people in 2011, has written a book called My Fault? that questions his behaviour as a parent.

Jens Breivik, a retired Norwegian diplomat living in France, got a divorce when his son was a year old and claims to have had little contact with the boy.

Juritzen publishers released quotes from the work, including: "I feel guilty. What if I had been a better father? Would Anders have done what he did?"

1 in 25 DIY jobs gets botched

Homeowners are increasingly having to call on professionals to repair damage after botching DIY jobs, a study by insurance film LV has shown.

The popularity of online tutorials has made difficult tasks look easy and persuaded people to give them a go.

In the survey of 2,000 adults, one in 25 had damaged their property because of poor DIY and they collectively forked out millions of euro to get it fixed. Many of the DIY disasters were said to have caused water damage or resulted in electrical faults.

Dyslexic Holly gets English A

A dyslexic student who did not learn to read or write until she was 10 has achieved an A* in her English literature GCSE.

Holly Sayer also gained an A in English language in her results which totalled 10 GCSEs including two A*s, three As, two Bs and two Cs.

The 16-year-old, who studied at the Ark Charter Academy in Portsmouth, now has her sights set on Cambridge University.