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New Herald appointment

Evening Herald Assistant Editor Alan Steenson has been appointed to the position of Operations Editor with the paper.

The 35-year-old will take charge of all aspects of day-to-day production and edition deadlines.

Mr Steenson -- a graduate of journalism from DCU -- first joined the Herald as a freelancer in 1997 before becoming a Senior Sub-Editor in 2001.

He has previously held the positions of Art Editor and Assistant Editor.

Gaddafi goes on SUV parade

Muammar Gaddafi has paraded defiantly through the streets of Tripoli, pumping his fists as he poked through the sun roof of an SUV -- the same day that Nato air strikes shook the city.

Meanwhile the alliance's foreign ministers, while remaining united in their aim to pressure the Libyan leader to go, argued at a meeting over whether to step up military operations that have so far failed to rout him. Gaddafi gave no sign that he was willing to relent, despite two months of civil war and mounting international pressure for him to move aside.

Jackson doctor was 'distracted'

Michael Jackson's doctor was so distracted by his own complicated love live that he failed to pay proper attention to the singer's treatment in the hours before he died, according to court documents.

Prosecutors said they could show Dr Conrad Murray was talking on his mobile phone and sending text messages to three different women during that time.

Kidnap victim found hanged

The body of an Italian pro-Palestinian activist abducted by Islamic extremists was found hanged in a Gaza City house hours later after a clash between police and the kidnappers, Hamas officials said.

The officials said Hamas police stormed an apartment in Gaza City belonging to a member of the extremist group that released a video of Vittorio Arrigoni (36), of the International Solidarity Movement. Police said two people had been arrested.