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Union seeking student digs

THE Union of Students in Ireland has called for home owners to consider taking students as lodgers as there is a severe shortage of accommodation.

The start of the academic year is only weeks away, and the USI has begun a major information drive.

It has put together a simple website, allowing homeowners to list their spare rooms and conditions with the objective of providing students with contacts for those willing to help. The system also allows for landlords and agents to place their available accommodation online.

Boy (9) dies after stabbing

A nine-year-old boy has died after being stabbed repeatedly by another child at a playground at a mobile home park in Michigan.

Police said Michael Conner Verkerke ran home and collapsed on the porch after he was stabbed. An ambulance was called, but he died after being taken to hospital.

Witnesses told police four children were playing when one of them, aged 12, pulled a knife and stabbed the boy.

Rolls-Royce to make new car

Rolls-Royce is to produce a new car which should be on sale by mid-2016. The new model, to be made at the company's headquarters in Sussex, is described as delivering "effortless, open-top touring".

Rolls said the car will build on the success of the Phantom, Ghost and Wraith models.

More details of the car are expected over the coming months, with the new model likely to cost well over £200,000 (€252,000).

Hot reindeer close tunnel

Norway has had to close a major highway in the Arctic after reindeer invaded a road tunnel seeking refuge from unusually high temperatures of 20C-plus.

Drivers must take a detour on a country road around the 2.3km Stallogargo tunnel to reach Hammerfest, home to Europe's only LNG liquefaction facility.

Temperatures peaked at 29C in the area earlier this summer and have stayed above the long-term trend since mid-May.