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Woman killed in car smash

An 18-year-old woman was killed early this morning when her jeep was involved in a crash in Cork.

The accident happened at 5am at Ahagilla in Clonakilty.

The driver was on her own in the vehicle.

The accident brings to two the number of people killed this bank holiday weekend.

Both victims were in their teens. Yesterday a 19-year-old man was fatally injured in a crash on the N21 near Rathkeale, Co Limerick.

Population of world hits 7bn

Countries around the world marked the world's population reaching seven billion today.

There were lavish ceremonies for newborn infants and warnings that there may be too many humans for the planet's resources.

"Seven billion is a number we should think about deeply," said Dr Eric Tayag in the Philippines.

"We should really focus on the question of whether there will be food, clean water, shelter, education and a decent life for every child."

Sheep flock to city in protest

Shepherds led flocks of sheep through the streets of Madrid in defence of ancient grazing, migration and droving rights threatened by urban sprawl and new frontiers.

Jesus Garzon, president of a shepherds council established in 1273, said 5,000 sheep and 60 cattle crossed the city to exercise the right to droving routes that existed before Madrid grew from a rural hamlet to Spain's capital.

Nuke disaster worse than said

The destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan was responsible for the biggest discharge of radioactive material into the ocean in history, a new study said.

The radioactive cesium that flowed into the sea from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant was 20 times the amount estimated by its owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co, according to the study by the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, which is funded by the French government.

It's the second report released in a week calling into question estimates from Japan's government and the operator of the plant.