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Pylon protester misses court

A LANDOWNER ordered to attend the High Court to answer why he was allegedly continuing to obstruct work on an electricity line has "gone to ground", a judge was told.

Patrick Mullen did not appear in court yesterday to answer why he refused to obey previous court orders not to interfere with work on the €80m high voltage line.

Since January 26 last, protests at a field owned by Mr Mullen at Carrowmaclenay, Ballymote, Sligo, have stopped workers installing three pylons. Mr Mullen and his wife want the electricity line put underground saying they fear for their children's health if it is put overground.

DNA tests fail to ID Earhart

Tests to determine if bone fragments found on a remote South Pacific island are the remains of renowned American aviator Amelia Earhart are inconclusive, researchers have said.

The results have dashed hopes of explaining what happened to Earhart who vanished in 1937 while trying to fly around the world.

Scientists attempted to detect human DNA from three bone fragments recovered last year on Nikumaroro Island, about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii.

Several artefacts, including some old make-up and glass bottles from the 1930s, suggest Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan may have died as castaways.

Jolie makes Libya appeal

Actress Angelina Jolie has issued a humanitarian appeal for tens of thousands of people affected by the fast-unfolding emergencies in Libya and Ivory Coast.

Jolie, a UN refugee agency goodwill ambassador, said: "It is critical that all parties respect the fundamental right of people in danger to flee to safety."

Jolie issued her appeal from Afghanistan.