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Sold-out Rod adds more gigs

Veteran rocker Rod Stewart has added extra dates to his sold-out run of gigs in Dublin and Belfast.

The 65-year-old singer added two dates in July, one in the O2 and one in the Odyssey, after huge demand for the first set of concerts in May.

Stewart's latest album, Soulbook, has sold more than 400,000 copies since its release in October and is his seventh British top 10 album this decade. He will play the Odyssey on July 30 and the O2 on July 31.

Hudson crash plane for sale

For sale: One severely water-damaged jet, hero not included.

The US Airways plane, which Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger deftly landed on New York's Hudson River a year ago after a flock of geese disabled its engines, is being auctioned.

Insurance firm Chartis, which is holding the online auction, describes the Airbus A320, minus its two engines, as having severe water damage throughout the airframe and impact damage to its underside.

e6m for Cher's Hawaii home

Cher's home in Hawaii, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, has been sold for $8.7m (e6m).

Concierge Auctions said the home was one of five Big Island residences sold for a total of $19.4m (e13.7m).

The firm had estimated the singer and actress' Hualalai Resort property, which she designed, was worth between $8m (e5.6m) and $12m (e8.4m).

US conditional aid for Yemen

America will provide more anti-terror and development aid to embattled Yemen, but the country must keep up its fight against al-Qa'ida and other militants, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

After meeting Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi at the US State Department, Mrs Clinton praised Yemen's actions to combat violent extremists in the Arabian Peninsula.

Yemen is emerging as a central focus in the fight against extremists and the US has stepped up both military and civilian aid to the country over the past year.