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Irish woman shot in Africa

A missionary midwife who was shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has said it is a miracle she is still alive.

Maud Kells (75), from Northern Ireland, was hit at point blank range after grabbing hold of the gun as a bandit opened fire during a bungled robbery at her home last month. The sprightly pensioner, who received an OBE for her work in the DRC, spent almost seven weeks in hospital after the attack in Mulita in the north-east of the central African country. She has overseen the building of a maternity hospital, an operating theatre and a school in the isolated town.

Body found in snow machine

The body of a young woman has been found inside a machine that scoops and sucks up snow at a ski resort in the Pyrenees.

French police said the circumstances of the accident are unclear and the identity of the woman has not been released. Resort director Jerome Meunier said that it was unclear whether the woman was walking or lying on the ground when the machine hit her.

Kidnapped girl finds parents

A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her.

Following their remarkable discovery the girl's biological family huge 18th birthday celebration for her next month. The girl was raised by 50year-old woman, who is being questioned by police, and her husband as their only child. She was living just a couple of miles from her biological parents and by chance she became friends with her younger biological sister, when they attended the same school.

Prince Harry to leave army

Prince Harry is expected to leave the army this year. He is understood to have decided to end his active military career after serving with distinction in Afghanistan.

The move comes as a surprise as Harry is a passionate member of the armed forces who appeared to be focused on a long career serving as a British Army officer.