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Murder-free day in El Salvador

NO one was murdered in El Salvador on Saturday in what was the first homicide-free day in nearly three years.

"After years when the number of murders reached alarming levels of up to 18 per day, we saw not one homicide in the country," President Mauricio Funes said.

Newark mayor in house fire rescue

THE mayor of the New Jersey city of Newark said he was no super hero, only a good neighbour when he rescued a woman from a burning house.

Cory Booker arrived home on Thursday night to find his next-door neighbour's house ablaze. His neighbour said her middle-aged daughter was trapped upstairs and begged him for help.

Cardboard fix for quake cathedral

THE world's great cathedrals are known for their architectural statements.

But Anglican leaders in Christchurch, New Zealand, are hoping to change that with plans to build a soaring 82ft cathedral with 104 tubes of cardboard as a temporary replacement for the iconic stone Christchurch Cathedral, which was destroyed last year in an earthquake.

Masses stopped over mall plans

THE Roman Catholic Church in the northern Philippines has suspended Masses and blessings of shops and stalls inside a mall in Baguio city in protest at a plan by the developer to uproot and remove nearly 200 trees from a popular urban forest.

The mall wants to build an underground car park and promises to replant the trees elsewhere.

Delays spark runway protests

CHINA'S civil aviation administration is investigating two incidents in which airline passengers rushed on to the runway over flight delays.

Around 30 passengers of a Shenzhen Airlines flight interfered with the landing of another flight at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport. A similar incident happened at the Baiyun Airport in Guangzhou.

Boy tells school of family's bodies

TWO dead bodies were found in a house in Las Vegas after a nine-year-old boy told school officials that his mother and sister were dead.

Investigators are questioning a man found covered in blood at the home. Police found two people dead inside the house in west Las Vegas. Another child, a four-year-old boy, was also inside, but unhurt.

Irish Independent