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Friends to be laid to rest

ONE of two lifelong friends killed in a freak farm accident will be laid to rest today.

Father of four Seamus Hegarty, (52), will be buried after Mass in St Patrick's Church in Murlog, Co Donegal, this morning.

His best friend Kevin Woods, (51), will be buried later this week to allow a sister to travel home from Australia for his funeral.

The men died on Friday evening on a farm at Crossroads, Killygordon, when a tyre they were inflating on a tractor exploded.

They had been lifelong friends, said parish priest Fr Edward Kilpatrick.

Band Aid tops official chart

Band Aid 30's reworked version of Do They Know it's Christmas, a song intended to raise money to fight the spread of Ebola in Africa, went straight to the top of Britain's single charts, the Official Charts Company said.

The single pushed last week's number one, a celebrity cover version of Avicii's Wake Me Up, in aid of charity Children in Need, into seventh place.

In the album charts, One Direction's Four dethroned British progressive rock group Pink Floyd's album The Endless River.

Volleyball jail woman freed

An Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been released on bail.

Ghoncheh Ghavami (25), was found guilty last month of "propagating against the ruling system" and received the custodial sentence.

She was detained in June after trying to attend a men's volleyball match between Iran and Italy.

Her brother, Iman Ghavami (28), said: "She has been bailed until her court appeal and now wants to spend time with her family."

Putin open to 10 more years

Vladimir Putin says he will not remain Russia's president for life, but will step down in line with the Russian constitution.

Putin did not rule out running for a fourth term in 2018, which would extend his time in office through 2024.

He said staying beyond that, however, would be "detrimental for the country".