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Kenny in talks with Cameron

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will use his first formal visit to Downing Street today to discuss the queen's state visit to Ireland as well as security and economic matters.

Mr Kenny and UK Prime Minister David Cameron are also expected to discuss trade and investment links between Ireland and Britain.

Mr Kenny signalled the London trip was part of an international diplomatic offensive to restore confidence in Ireland among neighbouring countries.

The Taoiseach is expected to tell an audience of more than 200 at an event in the City of the action taken by the new coalition in its first five weeks in office.

Growth fear as spending falls

Business leaders have become more pessimistic about economic recovery this year because of an expected dip in consumer spending.

Ibec, which represents thousands of employers, predicts 1.3pc growth this year, less than the 1.8pc predicted earlier this year.

In its quarterly forecast, it blamed a drop in spending, higher than expected inflation, unemployment and interest rate hikes.


New chief for

killings probe

A STATE in Mexico has replaced its public security chief after the discovery of 145 bodies in mass graves in the last two weeks.

Retired Brig Gen Ubaldo Ayala Tinoco resigned amid new national efforts to beef up security in the violent border state of Tamaulipas , where 72 Central and South American migrants also were found slaughtered in August.

Former military captain Rafael Lomeli Martinez is to replace him.

Egypt in war

on corruption

Egypt's ex-prime minister and two other former Cabinet members have been charged with corruption in the latest step in a campaign to bring members of Hosni Mubarak's toppled regime to justice.

Former prime minister Ahmed Nazif, ex-finance minister Yousef Boutros Ghali and former interior minister Habib el-Adly have been charged with wasting more than f10.4m in public money and profiteering, according to official reports.