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UCD honour for Donal's family

THE family of inspirational teenager Donal Walsh have received the highest honour from UCD's Law Society.

Fionnbar, Elma and Jema Walsh were made lifetime members of the society, joining names including Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, former US president Bill Clinton and Munster and Ireland rugby legend Paul O'Connell.

The Walshes received the honour in recognition of the work they have done in continuing Donal's life-affirming message that it is good to be alive through the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation.

Gay partnership legal in Estonia

Estonia's parliament has narrowly passed legislation to legalise gay partnerships, the first such decision by a former Soviet republic.

In a 40-38 vote yesterday, lawmakers approved a partnership act that recognises the civil unions of all couples regardless of gender.

Twenty-three lawmakers were absent or abstained in the third and final reading of the bill. The new law will give those in civil unions - heterosexual or gay - almost the same rights as married couples.

St Louis ready for more unrest

The St Louis area was bracing for more racial unrest tied to the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, and anger over another police killing of a black teenager on Wednesday night was expected to add fuel to the fire.

Several civil rights organizations and protest groups, including one calling itself Hands Up United, planned to mark the weekend with marches and rallies in St Louis and the suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, where Brown was killed two months ago.

Ozzy 'excited' by 9/11 horror

Ozzy Osbourne has made the ill-advised admission that he was "excited" by the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US.

The Black Sabbath musician was in New York when the fatal incident occurred, killing nearly 3,000 people.

"I wasn't scared, I was excited! It was my kind of craziness, y'know," he said.

"The day after that happened, there was f**king nobody in New York."