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Mayor pushes horse fair ban

Dublin Lord Mayor Gerry Breen has written to ministers urging them to bring forward new laws scrapping the Smithfield horse fair.

Two men were shot and a third injured with a slash hook earlier this month at the fair.

In his letter to Justice Minister Alan Shatter, Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, Mr Breen said: "On behalf of the people of Dublin I ask that you enact legislation so that the horse fair at Smithfield may be extinguished," Mr Breen said.

Mel B has new baby on way

Former Spice Girl Mel B is expecting her third child.

The singer, who has two daughters from previous relationships with Eddie Murphy and Jimmy Gulzar, is married to film producer Stephen Belafonte.

She said the couple, who are both aged 35, started trying for a baby around Christmas time.

She said: "The power of wanting a baby, I think, can sometimes just work to your advantage. I didn't think I would get pregnant that quickly."

Israeli planes attack Gaza

The Israeli military said its aircraft struck two militant tunnels, two weapons manufacturing and storage facilities and two other militant sites across the Gaza Strip.

Some 18 civilians and Hamas security forces were slightly wounded.

The military said that the sites were targeted in response to 56 mortar shells and rockets fired from Gaza into Israel.

Michael goes back on road

George Michael is planning to tour again -- nearly three years after he said he was to bow out of it for good.

The singer made reference to forthcoming live dates in a message on Twitter, in which he attacked journalists for criticising his poor chart performance. In 2008 he claimed he was giving up touring after a series of shows in which he played to more than a million people.