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Doctors vote down pay deal

Hospital consultants with the Irish Medical Organisation have rejected new pay scales of up to €175,000 a year.

The changes were aimed at resolving recruitment difficulties in the public health service, but of those balloted, 83pc rejected the proposals. The HSE cut the starting pay for hospital consultants from €156,000 to €116,000 in October 2012.

Death penalty for killing 31

A Chinese court has upheld the death sentences of three men convicted of organising the brutal knife attack that killed 31 people earlier this year outside a railway station in the southern city of Kunming.

The attack shook the country as tensions between the Uighur Muslim minority and the majority Han ethnic group spread beyond the Uighur homeland of Xinjiang. The knifing rampage raised fears of terrorist attacks throughout the country. Five knife-wielding assailants hacked 31 people to death on March 1 and injured 141 on before police were able to subdue them.

Killer captured after manhunt

A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured by US marshals near an abandoned aeroplane hangar.

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Eric Frein, who meekly gave himself up when surrounded, ending a seven-week manhunt in Pennsylvania that had rattled the nerves of area residents. "He did not just give up because he was tired," state police commissioner Frank Noonan said. "He gave up because he was caught."

Ellie's having fun with royals

Chart star Ellie Goulding has revealed how she has found the Royal Family to be "fun" after becoming friends with them - and said they are big champions of British music.

The Burn singer was invited to sing at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding reception in 2011 and earlier this year performed at Prince Harry's 30th birthday party. "I'm friends with them," she told reporters. "I think they're big fans of British music."


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