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Neighbour (32) admits killing

A 32-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his neighbour, whose body was discovered in his burning flat early last year.

Michael O'Shea (31) was found dead by members of the emergency services at an apartment on North Main Street, in Youghal, Co Cork, on January 13, 2011.

William O'Leary, of North Main Street, Youghal, also pleaded not guilty to arson and not guilty to burglary on the same occasion.

The trial is expected to last about a week.

Abandoned girl on theft charge

A 16-YEAR-OLD Romanian girl accused of stealing a pair of boots was "abandoned" in Ireland by her mother, a court has heard.

She has been charged with the theft of black boots worth €29 from a shop at the Irish Life mall in Dublin city centre on October 29 last year.

The teenager was due to appear at Dublin Children's Court but did not turn up for her case.

Counsel for the girl told Judge Ann Ryan that "her mother abandoned her".

The teen has been left "taking care of her siblings" and recently has had problems with her accommodation.

Judge Ryan adjourned the case until June 15.

Migrants drown after boat sinks

A boat packed with migrants headed for the United States has sunk and at least 11 people have drowned.

The death toll is expected to rise. Police in the Bahamas said that seven people have been rescued and a search is under way for other survivors.

The 25-foot vessel had an estimated 28 people on board when it set off from the island of Abaco. They were heading to Florida.

Medical tests on Obama aide

US Commerce Secretary John Bryson will take medical leave as he undergoes tests and evaluations after suffering a seizure in connection with two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Barack Obama's thoughts were with Mr Bryson and his family.