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Drinking alert on sea deaths

Marine investigators have warned about drinking at sea after an inquiry into the deaths of a well-known footballer and a businessman near Inishbofin.

Ger Feeney (56), a former GAA All-Star for Mayo, and Donal McEllin (63), from Castlebar, drowned trying to return to their motor cruiser off the small island on October 10 last year.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board found they had spent several hours socialising in Day's pub on the island just before the incident and their deaths were likely down to tiredness and the effects of alcohol.

UN troops link to Haiti cholera

Scientists are presenting the strongest evidence yet that UN peacekeepers imported the cholera strain that has killed more than 5,500 people in Haiti.

The study is published in the latest issue of the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Its findings "strongly suggest" the UN contingent from Nepal contaminated a Haitian river because of poor sanitation at a base.

Seven hurt in Japan quake

AN earthquake of magnitude-5.4 has rattled central Japan and injured at least seven injured.

The quake hit Nagano, some 105 miles north west of Tokyo.

The quake was just 2.5 miles deep. No tsunami warning was issued, the agency said.

Nagano fire department official Sadahiko Furusawa said seven people were injured in the quake, but none was in critical condition.

Macca told

to quit at 50

Paul McCartney has revealed his advisers told him to retire at the age of 50.

The music legend -- who is still recording and touring after turning 69 earlier this month -- said he continued because he was still "enjoying" his career.

McCartney told Mojo magazine that instead, he ended up parting company with the manager who suggested he stopped making music.

"I wonder what he thinks today. Perhaps that he was right, but hopefully not," he added.