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Search begins for body in bog

The brother of a newly-wed murdered and secretly buried by the IRA has expressed hope of finally finding his body ahead of fresh searches in remote bogland in Oristown, Co Meath.

Brendan Megraw vanished in April 1978. The 23-year-old from west Belfast and 16 other people were abducted, killed and clandestinely buried by republicans during the conflict. The first week of the search, following new information, will involve a survey of the site by forensic archaeologists using radar. Mr Megraw's brother Kieran acknowledged it would be a "difficult time" for the family.

Hitman in the crosshairs

A man who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's army of assassins has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard.

John Jairo Velasquez, better known by his nickname "Popeye," had spent 22 years behind bars. In a string of interviews anticipating his early release, Velasquez figured that he had about an 80pc chance of being killed by former rivals after being released.

Soldier appeals death sentence

A former US soldier sentenced to death for killing two fellow soldiers and injuring 14 others in Kuwait will get a hearing before a military appeals court.

Hasan K Akbar (43) was a sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, when he was sentenced to death for the 2003 killing of two US soldiers at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait. Akbar is challenging the performance of his trial counsel.

Zara withdraws 'Nazi camp' top

Spanish fashion retailer Inditex says it has withdrawn a children's shirt which triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps.

The long-sleeved shirt has a yellow star on the left side of the chest and horizontal dark stripes. Inditex said the shirt, which was available online through its Zara stores, was designed to be part of a Wild West clothing theme and the star was intended as a sheriff's badge.