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Martin makes call for peace

Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin today called for an end to settlement building in the West Bank as Middle East peace talks hung in the balance.

The minister told the United Nations a new round of face-to-face negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority might be the last chance to resolve the complex two-state dispute.

"There could be no greater single confidence building measure and practical demonstration of commitment to peace than a decision to desist from all settlement construction in the West Bank," Mr Martin said.

The minister made the call at the UN's general assembly in New York.

Boy injured at Glendalough

A SCHOOLBOY fell and suffered a serious knee injury during an outing at Glendalough.

The 14-year-old incurred a "severe gash" to his knee when he fell while walking with classmates above Glendalough Valley, according to Wicklow Mountain Rescue, who were called to the scene yesterday.

The Coastguard helicopter airlifted the boy from the top of the cliffs above the Upper Lake, and the student and one of his teachers were transported to Tallaght hospital for further treatment.

BB helped my figure -- Nikki

Ultimate Big Brother runner-up Nikki Grahame has revealed that her stint on the series has helped her to put on weight after years of battling with anorexia.

The housemate says she has added 5lb to her 5ft 1in frame and posed in her underwear to show off her new body for Now magazine.

Grahame (28) now weighs 6st 5lb but still fits into a tiny size four, although she says it has a big impact on the way she looks.