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In brief: Godfather fined after Christening

A DUBLIN man who got drunk at his godniece's Christening and shouted at gardai was arrested for public order matters.

Gary Murphy (27) was told by a judge that he should be ashamed of his behaviour and getting arrested after a Christening was not something to boast about.

The defendant, of Rosemount Park in Dundrum, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to public drunkenness and offensive conduct. Judge Bridget Reilly convicted and fined Murphy €500.

Landslide kills 16 villagers

A landslide swept through a village in the steep, snow-dusted mountains of southern China today, burying dozens of people and killing at least 16, state media said.

The landslide smothered 16 homes in Zhaojiagou village, and hours later more than 40 people were missing, said a notice posted on the website of Zhenxiong county, where the village is located.

Rescuers recovered 16 bodies, among them a family of seven, a news report said.

Seven dead after hotel fire

A fire swept through a hotel in a Philippine resort city early today, killing seven people, including three Americans, three Filipinos and a South Korean.

The three American men and the South Korean man were found dead in separate rooms in the Dryden Hotel, a small two-storey tourist hotel in Olongapo city, a former US naval base west of the capital, Manila, said police Senior Inspector Gil Arizo Domingo. The bodies of three Filipino women were found in separate parts of the hotel, he said.

Making films is still fun -- Cruise

Even though he's been a Hollywood star for three decades, Tom Cruise says he still has fun making movies.

Cruise was in Seoul yesterday to promote Jack Reacher, a thriller adapting Lee Child's novel One Shot, part of the best-selling series about a mysterious ex-military investigator.

Appearing at a news conference with director Christopher McQuarrie and co-star Rosamund Pike, Cruise said: "It was so much fun making the film."