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In brief: Marine gets life for killing toddler

A former marine has been sentenced to life in prison in the US for killing his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter in a brutal wrestling match.

Benjamin James George (30) was found guilty of murder by abuse and first-degree assault in the death of Kacy Sue Lunsford.

Roads closed in Pentagon alert

A suspicious man with a backpack prompted authorities to temporarily close major highways around the Pentagon yesterday, but a search of the backpack turned up no explosives.

The man, described as a US resident in his 20s, was taken into custody after he ran from police in Arlington National Cemetery near the Pentagon.

UN chief on course for second term

The UN Security Council has approved a second five-year term for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a critical last step before the 192-member General Assembly holds the definitive vote on Tuesday.

The world body is virtually certain to endorse the South Korean diplomat when it considers the matter.

Drivers don't want to pimp their rides

Afghanistan's car industry has been thrown into chaos by a growing aversion to the number '39'.

The number has become a synonym for pimp and a mark of shame. Drivers of cars with number plates containing 39 are taunted across Kabul.

Cleese speeding case is dropped

Court proceedings against 'Fawlty Towers' and 'Monty Python' actor John Cleese have been dropped.

It was alleged the comedian's Mini Cooper was photographed exceeding a 30mph limit on the A4 at Saltford, between Bath and Bristol, in England, on November 6 last year.

Hospital staff get cleavage warning

A hospital trust has warned staff against wearing clothes that expose their "midriff" or "excessive cleavage".

East and North Hertford-shire NHS Trust in England has issued a new uniform policy for all staff, with guidance on shoes, clothing, hair length and colour.

Irish Independent