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Minister wrong over marriages

THE Minister for Justice was wrong to refuse to permit the wives of two African men to live with them in this country, the Supreme Court ruled.

Both men have refugee status here and the minister had also permitted two children of one of the men to join him.

The minister believed the marriage of a Sudanese man was a "marriage by proxy" which might not be recognised by Irish law.

Giving the five-judge court's judgment on that case, Mr Justice Nial Fennelly said a view that a marriage was a marriage by proxy was not a valid ground for refusing recognition of the marriage.

A Somali man's application was refused because the minster took the view his marriage, an Islamic ceremony conducted in Somalia in 1998, was "religious" with no evidence it was registered.

Five dead in US plane crash

FIVE people are dead and two injured after a small jet ran off the end of a runway and crashed at an airport in eastern Georgia, USA.

Thomson-McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall says the jet carrying seven people crashed after 8pm yesterday.

Logan says the two survivors were taken to area hospitals and their conditions were not known.

He says the identities of those killed are being withheld pending notification of family members.

Lost penguin arrives in NZ

A THIRSTY and thin royal penguin has been found stranded on a New Zealand beach more than 1,000 miles from its sub-Antarctic home.

The penguin was found by hikers on Sunday and is now being cared for at the Wellington Zoo.

Staff say it remains in a critical condition, emaciated and suffering from kidney failure.

Web age woes of woman (104)

FACEBOOK is apologising for a problem that makes a 104-year-old Michigan woman lie about her age on the social media website.

Marguerite Joseph's granddaughter Gail Marlow says when she tries inputting her grandmother's birth year as 1908, Facebook automatically changes it to 1928.