In Brief: Sex trial man 'sleepwalking'
A MAN on trial for the alleged sexual assault of his cousin after a family funeral told gardai that he had a history of carrying out attacks while sleepwalking.
On the first day of the trial the jury was told it was the State's case that a defence of automatism, or sleepwalking, is no defence when the accused is drunk.
The 26-year-old man has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the sexual assault of his female cousin at an address in Dublin on August 11, 2009.
Ann Rowland, prosecuting, told the jury that the victim woke up in her bed on the night to find her cousin lying beside her and her pyjama bottoms around her ankles.
The trial continues.
No block to US abortion ruling
A US federal judge will not attempt to block a Texas law that women must have an ultrasound scan before abortion.
District Judge Sam Sparks previously ruled parts of the law unconstitutional, but a federal appeals court overturned his decision last month. Mr Sparks said he has to follow the higher court's order.
Sanctions on Burma eased
THE US is easing one of its many sanctions against Burma as a reward for political reforms after five decades of direct military rule.
The step is very limited, and most of the tough trade and political restrictions will remain in place.
But it could make it easier for Burma to secure help from the World Bank and other international financial institutions by lifting US opposition to them conducting assessments.
Alesha braves cold in a mini
ALESHA Dixon shrugged off the cold snap as she arrived at a Britain's Got Talent audition with bare shoulders and a mini-dress.
The judge, attending the London leg of the contest, wore a peplum-waisted skimpy white dress from Sass and Bide with pink, black and yellow detail.
Guest judge Carmen Electra -- who found fame in Baywatch -- dressed rather more conservatively in skin-tight black trousers and black blouse, and a long-sleeved white jacket.