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Speeding fines cross border

A loophole that allows offending motorists to escape penalty points when they cross the Irish border will be closed by 2015, authorities have announced.

Ministers from Dublin and Belfast have agreed a timetable to enact legislation to provide mutual recognition of points in both jurisdictions.

At present a motorist from Northern Ireland caught speeding in the Republic would not get the resulting points endorsed on his or her licence, and vice versa.

Irish Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar and Stormont's Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy and Environment Minister Alex Attwood held talks on the issue in Armagh today.



'New victim' of Black Widow

A Canadian woman nicknamed the "Black Widow" for her ability to persuade grieving widowers to marry her is accused of trying to kill her husband.

The husband of 77-year-old Melissa Ann Weeks fell ill at a bed and breakfast in Nova Scotia last weekend.

Weeks was convicted of manslaughter in 1992 in the death of a previous husband whom she drugged and ran over twice with a car.



Tragic Colvin's award honour

An American journalist killed in Syria while reporting for a British newspaper has been honoured with a human rights award.

Marie Colvin (56) was killed in February when Syrian army shelling struck the building that served as a makeshift media centre in Homs.

Ms Colvin has been named as this year's recipient of the Anna Politkovskaya Award for dedicating her life to reporting from nearly every major conflict in recent history.



Pole dance left groom in agony

A stag party mishap at a US strip club landed the groom-to-be in the hospital with a ruptured bladder.

Patrick Gallagher had been invited to lie on the stage at the Penthouse Club as a dancer slid down a pole.

The $50,000 lawsuit filed last week alleges the woman landed with such force on Gallagher's abdomen that his bladder ruptured in the November 2010 incident.


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