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Achill-henge decision delay

A DECISION on the fate of the controversial Achill-henge development in Co Mayo has been delayed until next month.

An Bord Pleanala had been due to rule on the structure this week but have delayed the decision until August.

It is understood An Bord Pleanala is not seeking any further details on the controversial structure but wants more time before making the decision.

The final decision is now expected on August 13.



Obama needs

drought help

The Obama administration has called on Congress to assist farmers during the worst US drought in 25 years.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said three-fifths of the US land mass and much of the country's corn and soy bean crops had been affected by the lack of rain.

He said farmers needed Congress to pass a five-year $500bn (¤407bn) farm and nutrition bill, which is currently in the House of Representatives.



New lethal jab used in jails

A Texas man convicted of carjacking and fatally shooting a stockbroker became the first prisoner in America's most active capital punishment state to be executed under a procedure using one lethal drug instead of three.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice said last week it was modifying the three-drug injection method used since 1982 because the state's supply had expired.

Yokamon Hearn (33) was executed using a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital, which had been part of the three-drug mixture.



Kenya blasts

kill shoppers

At least five people were injured in twin hand-grenade attacks in Wajir, Kenya, near the Somali border.

The blasts targeted a shopping centre, known as the Dubai Shopping Mall, and a second building 400m away.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

At least 26 people have been killed in blasts across Kenya since the east African nation deployed its army in Somalia nine months ago in pursuit of al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants.