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Thousands hit by train fault

Thousands of rail commuters were hit by the cancellation of trains this morning because of a fault in the signaling system.

Eleven trains were unable to operate because of the fault which developed early today following overnight work on the fibreoptic signaling system, said an Iarnrod Eireann spokesman.

Around 2,000 commuters were affected by the problem. Normal service was restored on the northern line and Malahide DART line before 7.30am, and bus transfers were arranged for the Sligo line.

Howth-Greystones trains are not affected.

Winehouse to design clothes

Chart star Amy Winehouse, known for her distinctive style, is turning fashion designer with her own collection, it was announced today. The Rehab star has teamed up with Fred Perry to create a 17-piece retro-inspired wardrobe.

"I'm really excited -- we've been working on it for a while and it's great to see it come to fruition," she said.

Winehouse's debut fashion collection is expected to hit stores in October.

Runaway zebra is put to sleep

A 12-year-old circus zebra that caused a stir when he escaped from an animal compound and ran through downtown Atlanta last month was put down.

A statement posted on Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey's website said veterinarians were unable to repair the animal's hooves, which were damaged when he sprinted through the city.

Sailors 'ran sex contest on ship'

Australian officials have launched an investigation into allegations that sailors on board a navy ship were running a sex competition during an overseas deployment last year.

Three sailors from the HMAS Success were sent home last May after reports emerged that sailors were competing to have sex with the most number of female crew mates.

The investigation will look into allegations that dollar values were assigned to each woman on board and that sailors could win extra money if they had sex with a female officer or a lesbian.