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North's leaders strike a deal

Northern Ireland's political leaders have struck a deal to address a range of disputes creating instability at Stormont.

Consensus between the five Executive parties and the British and Irish governments was reached after an 11-week talks process culminated in a marathon 30-hour round of negotiations at Stormont.

Long-standing disputes on flags, parades and the legacy of the past were on the agenda, as were more immediate budgetary concerns. Negotiations were also focusing on the structures and governance arrangements at Stormont as well.

Lin to direct next Star Trek

Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is taking the helm of the third instalment in Paramount's rebooted Star Trek franchise.

Lin directed several of Universal's Fast & Furious films, including the massively successful Fast & Furious 6 which made more than $788m (€648m) worldwide.

JJ Abrams directed the first two films in the rebooted Star Trek series.

Innocent man awarded €4m

A New York man jailed for nearly 20 years for murder before a judge declared he was innocent is getting $4.75m (€3.9m) from the state. Fernando Bermudez said "the settlement will never erase the injustice".

His conviction was thrown out in 2009, with a judge saying he had "demonstrated his actual innocence".

He was convicted in 1992 of shooting 16-year-old Raymond Blount outside a Manhattan nightclub the year before. Friends said he was miles away at the time of the crime.

Zoo ape Sandra wins her rights

An orangutan that has lived for 20 years at the Buenos Aires zoo is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans, an Argentinian has court ruled.

Sandra's lawyer called the decision a ticket to greater freedom.

Earlier this month, a New York appeals court ruled that a pet chimpanzee is not entitled to the same rights as a human and does not have to be freed by its owner.


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