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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Extradition for 'porn killer'

German prosecutors said a decision on the extradition of the Canadian porn actor suspected of the killing and dismemberment of a Chinese student could be made within days.

Berlin prosecutors asked a court to transfer 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta into pre-extradition custody.

Magnotta, who was arrested in Berlin on Monday following an international manhunt, is suspected of killing and dismembering student Jun Lin before sending some of his body parts to Canadian political parties and schools.

The decision isn't expected before next week.



Oasis Noel not for dancing

Noel Gallagher has turned down an invitation to slide away across the dancefloor on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing.

The former Oasis star -- who is touring this summer with his new band High Flying Birds -- was approached by show bosses, but reluctantly turned it down because he was busy.

In the past, controversial artist Tracey Emin and TV presenter Richard Madeley have been among those rumoured to be offered a chance to appear on the show.



Orange leader in Seanad

The Grand Secretary of the Orange Order will give a historic address to the Seanad next month.

Drew Nelson will become the first member of the Orange Order to visit Leinster House when he gives a speech there on July 3, an event described as momentous step forward for the country.

The announcement was made as Mike Nesbitt became the first leader of the Ulster Unionists to address an Oireachtas committee in Dublin.



Google chiefs face quizzing

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are slated for questioning by US antitrust regulators and hired a top Washington law firm to help them prepare for their interviews.

The Federal Trade Commission is focusing on whether Google unfairly ranks search results to favour its own businesses and increases advertising rates for competitors.

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