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Ship engineer feared drowned

AN engineer on a cargo ship is feared drowned after going missing in the Irish Sea.

The 22-year-old man was reported missing this morning as the boat headed past Arklow off the Wicklow coast.

Coast Guard helicopters from Waterford and Dublin were involved in the search with RNLI crews.

The man, from Slovakia, was last seen on the boat at 10pm last night as it headed south a few miles off the entrance to Strangford Lough in Co Down.

50 new jobs at cartoon firm

AN award-winning Irish animation company has secured a contract to make a new Disney comedy cartoon.

Boulder Media, based in Dublin, will take on 50 staff to animate Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja.

Producer Anne Tweedy said the majority of the crew is Irish but other experts from across Europe have been hired.

The cartoon is expected to premiere on Disney XD from the autumn.

Barlow asks prince to sing

GARY Barlow has asked Prince Harry to perform on the song he is co-writing with Andrew Lloyd Webber in honour of Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee.

The singer and the British prince met when the two men visited a charity in Jamaica.

Barlow tried to entice the prince to perform on the song, asking Harry: "I've started the diamond jubilee song and we're hoping to get you on a track."

When the prince replied: "I can't sing," Barlow persevered and said "Tambourine?"

Eastern Libya break-away

TRIBAL leaders and militia commanders have declared eastern Libya a semi-autonomous state, a move the interim head of state called a "dangerous" conspiracy to tear the country apart six months after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Thousands of tribe leaders, militia commanders and politicians made the declaration yesterday at a conference in Benghazi, insisting it was not intended to divide the country.

They said they want to remain in Libya, but need to stop decades of discrimination against the east.