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Man on mum murder charge

A 21-year-old man charged with the murder of his mother in Bray Co Wicklow in June has served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.

Bijan Afshar had been charged earlier with the murder of Lynn Cassidy between June 26 and 27.

The body of 50-year-old Ms Cassidy was found at a house in Deepdales estate off the Southern Cross road early on the morning of June 28.

Progress in hunt for plane

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean is progressing well but will likely take many months because of the huge area involved, an Australian official has said.

Peter Foley, an Australian search coordinator, said there is optimism with two ships using high-tech sonar devices to search for the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

He said weather is improving and they hope to cover as much area as possible. "We could get extraordinarily lucky and find it very early," Foley said.

'US destabilises world' - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. of destabilising the world by trying to enforce its will on other countries.

In a speech to political experts in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin cited the wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria, to back up his claim. He said Washington has been "fighting against the results of its own policy" in those countries.

Brand's 9/11 conspiracy

Comedian Russell Brand said he is "open-minded" about the idea that the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks as he made a second appearance on BBC2's Newsnight.

Brand - who has written a book entitled Revolution, setting out his views for political change, in the wake of his last interview with Jeremy Paxman - highlighted what he described as the "interesting" relationship between the families of former US president George Bush and the al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.