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North to get 650 new jobs

Up to 650 new jobs are to be created in the North by technology company Allstate, it has been confirmed.

The high-end software development, testing and analytics posts will be based in Belfast, Derry and Strabane.

The announcement – the second largest since devolution in 2007 – brings to 1,000 the number of new jobs created in the North over the past week.

"This announcement of hundreds of new, high-quality jobs by a top Fortune 100 company sends out a clear and unequivocal message to international investors to have confidence in Northern Ireland," said First Minister Peter Robinson.

4 TROOPS DIE IN ROADSIDE BOMB

Four US troops have been killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan.

A Nato spokesman said a powerful explosion ripped through a convoy in southern Kandahar province – the heartland of the Taliban.

He said there were wounded as well, but could not give further details.

On Monday, three Georgian soldiers were killed when a powerful truck bomb exploded outside their outpost in neighbouring Helmand province.

SHOP BINGE EATER ARRESTED

A man who slipped into a Kentucky supermarket just before closing and feasted overnight has been charged.

The manager of a ValuMarket in Louisville found 57 empty whipped cream cans in the rubbish the following morning after Trevor Runyon (30) was discovered in the ceiling of the store.

Surveillance video showed Runyon cooking and eating six steaks, washing them down with beer and topping off his lavish feast with shrimps and birthday cake.

SLAVE CABIN TO GO ON DISPLAY

A slave cabin in the US state of South Carolina is being dismantled and taken to Washington, where it will be placed in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The two-room, wooden building on Edisto Island contains artifacts such as a shawl owned by Harriet Tubman, who shepherded runaway slaves to freedom, and slave rebellion leader Nat Turner's Bible.


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