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McAleese lauds Timorese link

President Mary McAleese tonight celebrated the strong bond of solidarity between Ireland and Timor-Leste.

Welcoming her East Timorese counterpart Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, the President said both countries shared a special connection.

"Our nations' narratives have many common elements in the history of struggle for human rights, for the rule of good and fair law, for democracy, freedom and self-determination," she said.

Mrs McAleese described Dr Ramos-Horta -- making the first state visit by a Timorese president to the country -- as a champion of peace.

€1,455 to give up the ghosts

Two glass vials purportedly containing the ghosts of two dead people sold for NZ$2,830 (€1,455) at an auction in New Zealand.

Seller Avie Woodbury said they were the spirits of an old man who lived in the house during the 1920s, and a disruptive little girl who turned up after a session with a Ouija board.

The auction attracted over 200,000 views and dozens of questions before the winning bid, Trademe auction site spokesman Paul Ford said.

Police close in on stolen body

Cypriot police found a body at a Nicosia cemetery that they believe could be the stolen corpse of former president Tassos Papadopoulos, a spokesman said.

However he wouldn't say in what state the corpse was or whether it had been buried.

Police said the robbers who took the corpse had removed a heavy marble plaque from on top of the grave, digging down to the coffin and removing the body of Mr Papadopoulos, who died of lung cancer in December, 2008, aged 74.

Jury to retire in glass door trial

THE jury in the trial of a Dublin accountant accused of shoving an engineer's head through a glass door at a house party leaving him blind in one eye has reached its closing stages.

Brian Keane (28) of Glenlyon Park, Knocklyon, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Mr Jario Diaz (33) causing him harm at a Good Friday party in Sandyford between April 14 and 15, 2006.