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In Brief: Man admits to unlawful killing

A man has admitted to committing manslaughter in Dublin two years ago.

Ryan Greene (20) of Knowth Court, Poppintree, Dublin 11, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the unlawful killing of Joseph Connolly in Ballymun on March 18, 2011.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned the case to next June, when all the evidence will be heard.

Greene was due to stand trial later this year, but his defence counsel, Sean Gillane, told Judge Ring that his client wished to plead guilty to the charge.


Seven troops die in training

Seven US marines have been killed and others injured after a mortar shell exploded unexpectedly during training in Nevada.

A spokesman said it was not clear whether the 60mm mortar exploded prematurely inside its firing tube or whether more than a single round exploded.

The marines immediately banned the firing of all mortars worldwide until an investigation has been carried out.


Bin survey is total rubbish

A council wheelie bin survey that asked residents about their sexual orientation has been branded a waste of taxpayers' money.

Residents in Birmingham, England, were asked if they were gay, straight or bisexual, and if they had a religious denomination in the online poll about waste and recycling.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles blasted the scheme, saying residents "shouldn't be asked to fill out intrusive questionnaires just because they've inquired about getting their bins emptied".


Art stolen by Nazis returned

paintings looted by the Nazis during the Second World War have been returned to the owner's grandson by French officials.

Tom Selldorff (84), who now lives in the States, was a six-year-old living in Vienna, Austria, when he last saw the six works of art.

France released the collection, which was kept in a French museum, as part of its efforts to return hundreds of artworks stolen from their Jewish owners.