| 3.8°C Dublin

City sheep put to work

Paris officials have come up with an eco-friendly way to keep the city's grass trim – by enlisting hungry sheep to replace petrol-guzzling lawnmowers. The initiative, which started this week, sees four sheep from an island in Brittany put to work munching the bountiful grass of the Paris Archives.

"(It's) efficient . . . and cheap," says Paris City Hall's Fabienne Giboudeaux. "I can imagine this very easily in London. And New York... even Tokyo."

Rape accused beaten

A lawyer for men accused of raping and killing a young woman on a moving bus in Delhi, India, says one of the defendants was beaten so badly in jail that his arm was fractured.

The four defendants complained in court about being routinely beaten by fellow inmates and guards at Tihar Jail in Delhi. A fifth defendant was found dead in his jail cell last month. Actor dodges court

Gerard Depardieu has missed another court date in his trial in Paris for drink driving. The actor wasn't there because he was in the United States filming a movie about another Frenchman known for run-ins with the law, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, his lawyer said.

Depardieu was charged with drunken driving after an incident in in November, when the actor toppled over on his scooter in Paris. It was Depardieu's second straight no-show in court, having missed a summons to appear in January.

Bond gets betrayed

Husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz will play an adulterous couple on stage on Broadway. The pair, who married in secret in 2011, will star in a production of Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal' which was inspired by the playwright's affair with broadcaster Joan Bakewell.

Weisz will play Emma, who is married to Craig's Robert, but is having an affair with Jerry, played by Rafe Spall. The production opens in New York in November.

Filmmaker (26) dies

A young filmmaker is believed to have frozen to death as he made a documentary about sleeping rough on the streets. Lee Halpin (26) had planned to spend a week living on the streets in his home city of Newcastle to experience what it was like to be homeless.

He embarked upon his project on Sunday but he was apparently found dead three days later in a derelict building in the West End of the city. It is believed he may have succumbed to hypothermia.

Irish Independent