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No verdict in hotel rape trial

A JURY has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a man accused of raping a woman as she lay beside her boyfriend in a Tipperary hotel room.

The jury of six men and six women deliberated for three and a half hours before telling Mr Justice Paul Carney that they would not be able to agree on a verdict.

The 26-year-old accused had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman (34) at the hotel after a wedding function on July 7, 2008. It was day six of the trial.

He was remanded on continuing bail until next week when the case will be listed for mention.

Doherty back on solo tour

Controversial singer Peter Doherty is returning to Dublin and Belfast in May.

The former Babyshambles frontman will play the Dublin Academy on May 27.

And he will play over the bank holiday weekend, May 29, at Mandela Hall, Belfast.

The solo tour follows the disbanding of Babyshambles and after reforming his breakthrough band The Libertines.

Whale journey stuns scientists

A highly endangered whale that spends summers in Russian waters has amazed scientists by crossing from the Bering Sea into the Gulf of Alaska.

US and Russian researchers have tracked the 13-year-old male western Pacific grey whale, dubbed Flex, from Russia across the Bering Sea, through the Aleutian Islands into the Gulf of Alaska about 400 miles south of the Alaska fishing community of Cordova.

Bruce Mate, of Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, called the whale's location "pretty darn amazing".

A route over deep water is "something of a paradigm shift" given that the whales are considered near-shore animals.


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