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In brief: Baby Spice Bunton to marry partner

Former Spice Girl and 'Dancing on Ice' judge Emma Bunton last night announced her engagement to long-term boyfriend Jade Jones live on ITV's skating show.

Bunton, who is expecting her second child, declared: "I'm a very happy lady," as she shared the good news and revealed the sparkling ring on her finger. The singer told fans in November last year she was pregnant via Twitter.

Bolivian president in cabinet chaos

Bolivia's cabinet resigned yesterday, freeing President Evo Morales, who is beset by declining popularity and accelerating inflation, to name a new team of ministers, state newswire ABI reported.

"The 20 ministers met and decided to submit our collective resignation so he can reform his team," said former foreign minister David Choquehuanca.

Giffords shooting case to take years

Investigators have been building a case in the assassination attempt of Republican congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, but it will take years to play out. Proceedings are likely over whether to move the case to a different venue, a possible insanity defence and a push for the death penalty.

An arraignment is set for today in Phoenix, Arizona, for suspect Jared Loughner, who is accused of opening fire on a political event two weeks ago, killing six, including a judge and a nine-year-old girl.

More C of E priests to join Catholics

MORE priests and laity from the Church of England's Anglo-Catholic wing have pledged to join the Roman Catholic Church.

Seven more clergy and about 300 members of six congregations are committed to joining the new Anglican Ordinariate, the extra-geographical organisation similar to a diocese set up by decree this month by the Vatican as a home for members of the Church of England who are unhappy with moves to ordain women bishops.

Protester shot dead in Yemen

An anti-government protester was shot dead by police in southern Yemen and 19 opposition activists were arrested in the capital yesterday, including a woman who led rallies against the president last week.

The arrests sparked a new wave of student protests in Sanaa, days after demonstrations against the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh broke out across Yemen.

Irish Independent