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IT crash hits blood tests

HUNDREDS of blood tests will have to be re-checked and possibly performed again after a key IT system crashed at one of Ireland's biggest hospitals.

While the majority of the samples involve routine blood screenings at Cork University Hospital (CUH), a number are understood to involve tests for potentially serious conditions such as blood disorders and cancers.

MP punched in street attack

Controversial British MP George Galloway was left badly bruised after he was attacked in the street.

Mr Galloway was posing for pictures with people in Notting Hill, London, when a man shouted a comment about the Holocaust and laid into him, a spokesman said. Police were quickly on the scene and made an arrest. Mr Galloway was interviewed earlier this month by West Yorkshire Police following a speech in Leeds in which he claimed Bradford was an Israeli-free area.

Rescuers talk to trapped miners

Rescue workers have spoken to 20 miners still trapped in a gold mine after a landslide in northern Nicaragua, though seven are still unaccounted for, the government said.

Some 29 miners were trapped on Thursday, with two of them rescued the same day, said Rosario Murillo, government spokesman and wife of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. "Twenty of them are in a safe place and have asked for food and water," said Murillo. "Specialists are going to enter shortly and start the search," she added.

Cee Lo Greenin ecstasy case

US singer Cee Lo Green has pleaded no contest to charges of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles.

The Grammy-winning singer entered the plea during a brief court hearing. He also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case. The 39-year-old singer was sentenced to three years of formal probation, but will be allowed to travel for work. Green is best know for his role in the soul duo Gnarles Barkley, who had a huge hit in 2006 with the song Crazy.