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Man 'tied up and left to die'

A publican suffered heart failure after he was beaten, bound with a dog lead and left to die, the trial of the man accused of killing him has heard.

The jury in the trial of Eddie Wing (31) for the manslaughter of 64-year-old Matt Farrell in April 2009 was told the main cause of Mr Farrell's death was blunt force trauma to the head and face.

Wing, with a previous address at Roscrea, Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of Mr Farrell at the Gaelic Bar, Daingean, Co Offaly, on April 1, 2009. He has also denied burglary at the Gaelic Bar on the same date. The trial continues.

Family angry at 'Ike' tribute

architect Frank Gehry has said he is open to changes to a planned Dwight D Eisenhower Memorial in Washington to address concerns from the former US president's family that the design does not emphasise enough of his achievements.

Mr Gehry's design would construct a memorial park framed by large metal tapestries depicting Eisenhower's boyhood home in Kansas.

Two large carved stones would depict Ike as president and as military hero, and a statue of a young Eisenhower would appear to marvel at what his life would become.

Mexico quake wrecks homes

A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake has hit southern Mexico, damaging some 800 homes near the epicentre and swaying tall buildings and spreading fear and panic hundreds of miles away in the capital of Mexico City.

The earthquake hit hardest in the border area of southern Oaxaca and Guerrero states.

In Guerrero, some 800 homes were damaged, with another 60 having collapsed.

Morph makes TV comeback

Animated star Morph is to make a return to children's TV in Britain, 35 years after he made his debut.

The orange modelling clay figure and his mischievous sidekick Chas will appear in a new show for CBBC.

Morph was an early success for animation studio Aardman when he appeared on the BBC art show Take Hart.