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NI rail workers vote for strike

MORE than 150 railway workers in the North are to go on strike over pay and conditions.

Conductors, station and platform staff will take part in industrial action beginning at midnight on Monday and lasting a day, the GMB union said, after refusing to agree to cost-saving measures.

A spokeswoman for train operator Translink said the organisation was working hard to resolve the matter.

GMB's Michael Mulholland said: "GMB members in Translink on Northern Ireland Railways have voted to take part in action, up to and including strike action."

PALESTINIAN PM QUITS 14 DAYS IN

THE office of the new Palestinian prime minister says he has submitted his resignation after just two weeks on the job because of a conflict over authority.

Former university dean Rami Hamdallah took office on June 6 after being picked by President Mahmoud Abbas to replace Salam Fayyad. Abbas gave Hamdallah two deputies, one for political and one for economic affairs, apparently to make up for his political inexperience. The president's office declined to comment.

GOODFELLAS LINK TO DEAD BODIES

AN FBI excavation has turned up possible human remains at a New York home once occupied by a famed gangster who inspired Robert De Niro's character in the movie Goodfellas, authorities said.

Federal agents armed with pneumatic drills and shovels started digging as part of an undisclosed investigation.

Gangster James Burke, known as Jimmy the Gent, lived at the home with the Lucchese crime family. He allegedly orchestrated a near $6m robbery at JFK International Airport in 1978.

STAR TREK MAN'S FINAL SPACE TRIP

THE remains of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of sci-fi fantasy television series Star Trek, will head for the final frontier next year.

Roddenberry's cremated remains, along with those of his wife, Majel, and actor James Doohan, who played Scotty in the original 1960s Star Trek series, will be launched into space next year by the memorial spaceflight firm Celestis.


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