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114 die during India's freeze

More than 100 people have died of exposure as northern India deals with historically cold temperatures.

Police say at least 114 people have died from the cold in the state of Uttar Pradesh. At least 23 of those died in the past 24 hours.

Many of the dead were found on sidewalks or in parks.

The weather department said temperatures in the state were 4C to 10C below normal.

Strike averted at Aer Lingus

A LEADING Aer Lingus union has welcomed recommendations from the Labour Court that could resolve a pensions dispute.

The dispute had led to fears of a strike at the company.

Last night Impact's Bernard Harbour said new interim recommendations from the Labour Court were positive and could see the bitter row resolved within months.

The Labour Court has recommended that the Aer Lingus pension scheme be radically overhauled, with protections put in place to ensure lower-paid workers do not lose out.

Swiss gunman shoots 3 dead

A man has shot and killed three people and wounded another two in a Swiss village.

Police arrested the man after shooting and wounding him.

Officers in the southern canton of Valais said three of the victims died at the scene and the two injured people were taken to hospitals.

Police say that when they went to the scene, the gunman threatened them.

Journalist still held in Syria

An American journalist has now been missing for over a month after being kidnapped in Syria.

The same journalist was held by government forces in Libya less than two years ago.

The family of James Foley (39), of Rochester, New Hampshire, said he was kidnapped in north-west Syria by unknown gunmen in November.

Mr Foley has worked in a number of conflict zones around the Middle East, including Syria, Libya and Iraq. He was contributing videos to Agence France-Press while in Syria.