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Irish hearts are sent overseas

SEVEN out of the 10 donor hearts retrieved in Ireland last year were sent overseas while transplant rates here plummeted.

And just three heart transplants were performed at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, down from 11 in 2009, according to a report by the Organ Procurement Centre.

Terry Mangan, chairman of the Irish Donor Network, said that the situation had to change.

"Too many hearts were exported while people awaited transplantation in this country. We are desperately concerned about the low transplant rate," he said.

Nazis planned poison attacks

The Nazis plotted to poison chocolate, sugar and Nescafe coffee as part of a post-Second World War sabotage operation, secret files have revealed.

German spies were equipped with poisoned pills disguised as aspirin and cigarette lighters that gave off lethal fumes.

And female agents were supplied with "microbe" weapons hidden in handbag mirrors, which were to be used against top-ranking officials in Allied-occupied territory, newly released documents held by the MI5 in London showed.

Police fire on Yemen protest

Police using live rounds and tear gas wounded more than 400 protesters who tried to march to a presidential palace in Yemen's Red Sea city of Hudaida, doctors said.

Protests inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia have brought President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 32-year rule to the verge of collapse.

But the president called for an end to the violence, signalling he has no intention of resigning soon.

TV frenzy over royal wedding

Royal wedding fever is spreading across the world with international broadcasters snapping up documentaries on Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton.

The programmes, produced by BBC Worldwide, have been sold to broadcasters across the globe at the MIPTV media market event in Cannes, revealing global interest in the big day.