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Madonna fan in stalking arrest

A retired New York City firefighter yearning to meet Madonna has been accused of scrawling messages of adoration on the path outside her apartment building and possessing an ice pick.

Robert Linhart is charged with graffiti and criminal possession of an ice pick recovered from his car. He's also charged with resisting arrest outside the building near Central Park.

A judge set his bail at $20,000 (€14,900) cash. Police say Linhart was arrested on Tuesday while spray-painting messages to the singer and asking to meet her.

Aberdeen post for DCU head

The FORMER president of Dublin City University (DCU) is to take up a new post at a Scottish third-level institute, it was confirmed today.

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski completed 10 years as head of DCU last July and is to become principal and vice-chancellor of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

He succeeds Professor Mike Pittilo, who died in February.

Charlatans tour halted by illness

Indie rockers The Charlatans have postponed the remaining dates of their US tour after their drummer was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Jon Brookes collapsed on stage during a gig in Philadelphia last week and is being treated in the UK.

A statement released by the band said they are arranging a "short-term replacement" for Brookes. It concluded: "The band and Jon would like to thank all well-wishers for their kind messages of support."

US arrest over Van Gogh theft

A man wanted in connection with a stolen drawing believed to be by Vincent van Gogh has been arrested.

US authorities said the Texas man is wanted for selling the €1m (€746,000) sketch of van Gogh's painting The Night Cafe.

The sketch turned up at a New Mexico antiques shop after being stolen from a home in 2009. Police said they believe the man sold it to the shop for 250 dollars.

The man was arrested on charges of occupying an abandoned camp, burglary and possession of stolen property.