Irish nominated for Emmys
THE Irish have again been honoured in Hollywood, being nominated for several accolades at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Dubliner Donal Woods was nominated in the category of Art Direction for Period Series, Mini Series or Movie for his work on the critically acclaimed Downton Abbey.
Ronan Hill, who is from Belfast, is once again in with a shot of winning the gong for Sound Mixing for Comedy or Drama Series.
Dad surrenders after killing six
A father who authorities say shot dead two adults and four of his children sank to his knees in surrender after a three-hour stand-off in the US.
Investigators plan to charge the man, a day after the rampage in a middle-class Houston suburb during which his 15-year-old daughter was also critically wounded.
Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Gilliland said the wounded daughter identified her father as the gunman.
Iguanas seized from smugglers
Twelve critically endangered iguanas seized from Romanian smugglers at Heathrow Airport have been returned to their native Bahamas.
The reptiles were discovered stuffed into suitcases and each wrapped individually in a sock by Border Force staff at the airport's Terminal 5 on February 3. Thirteen were rescued, but one was found to have died in transit.
They were brought to Britain from the Bahamas by Angla-Alina Bita and Vitora-Oliva Bucsa, and were bound for Dusseldorf in Germany.
Each woman was sentenced to 12 months in prison for smuggling after an investigation by the National Crime Agency.
Germany and US in spy row
Germany has taken the dramatic step of asking the top US intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country after two reported cases of suspected US spying and a spat over the National Security Agency.
The move reflects growing impatience in Germany at what is perceived as the United States's nonchalance about being caught spying on an ally.