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Teacher unions return to talks

Two teachers' unions have agreed to go back into talks on Croke Park II.

The Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO), which represents 32,000 people, and the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) were two of three unions invited back to the negotiating table by the Labour Relations Commission.

The executives of the two unions made the decision at meetings yesterday.

The other union, the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI), is considering the invitation.

23 BOYS DEAD

AT INITIATIONS

Twenty-three youths have died in the past nine days at initiation ceremonies that include circumcisions and survival tests, South African police said

Police have opened 22 murder cases in the deaths in the northeastern province of Mpumalanga.

An inquest is being held into the 23rd death, that of a youth who complained of stomach pains and vomited.

Initiation ceremonies are common in South Africa, where youths partake in various activities as a rite of passage into adulthood.

APRIL ACCUSED'S 'MENTAL BLOCK'

The man accused of murdering little April Jones told police he had a "mental block" about what happened to her body.

Mark Bridger (47) also said he "never thought" of calling 999 after he says he ran her over, a Welsh court heard yesterday.

Bridger says he accidentally killed the youngster when he ran her over and accepts that he must have got rid of her body but cannot remember how he did it.

NEW BABY FOR

TRAGIC COUPLE

A New York couple whose two children police say were fatally stabbed by their nanny are expecting a baby boy.

Kevin and Marina Krim announced the happy news on their Facebook page.

The children were found dead in the bathtub of their Upper West Side apartment on October 25, 2012.

The Krim's third child, four-year-old Nessie, was not home at the time.

The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.


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