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Murder trial jury retires

THE jury in a Limerick double murder trial is today starting its deliberation.

The 13-day trial reached its closing stages yesterday.

Mr Justice George Birmingham sent the jury home for the evening and told them he will send them out to deliberate verdicts this morning.

Desmond Kelly (23) and Breda Waters (28) were shot dead in a house in O'Malley Park in Limerick on January 9, 2011. Patrick O'Brien (33) of Glanntan, Golflinks Road, Castletroy, Limerick, and Thomas Stewart (29) of The Cedar, Briarfield, Castletroy, Limerick, deny murder.

Obama row on Osama killing

THE team behind SEAL Team Six: The Raid On Osama bin Laden has denied claims the movie was recut to change the role played by Barack Obama.

National Geographic Channels chief executive David Lyle said the film was recut, but to show less footage of the president.

"I think the end titles run longer than Obama's time on screen," he said.

Japan's ¤4.1bn stimulus vote

JAPAN'S cabinet approved a 422.6bn yen (¤4.1bn) economic stimulus package, hoping to fend off recession.

The emergency spending package is also meant to help make up for lost momentum after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Prime minister Yoshihiko Noda has ordered the government to draft further measures to boost growth.