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Jury to decide on murder trial

A jury was expected to resume deliberations today in the trial of a father-of-four accused of murdering his best friend of 16 years in his North Dublin apartment.

Peter Donnelly (52), of The Green, Larch Hill Apartments, Santry, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Edward Flanagan (49) at the same address on June 16, 2011.

He had originally pleaded not guilty to two other counts, but on Monday he was re-arraigned and pleaded guilty to possession of a Baikal 9mm automatic pistol and three rounds of .38 calibre ammunition at the same address on June 15, 2011.

Obama thanks staff with ball

President Barack Obama thanked White House aides and his re-election campaign staff at the final celebration of his inauguration.

Mr Obama told thousands of guests at his staff ball that they represent his "deepest hopes for America". He said he knows the nation's future is in good hands.

First lady Michelle Obama echoed the president's campaign-year chant of "fired up, ready to go".

Walliams pokes fun at Cowell

Comedian David Walliams could not resist ribbing show boss Simon Cowell at the latest Britain's Got Talent audition -- teasing he looked as though he has had some "work done".

The Little Britain funnyman (41) poked fun at the TV mogul's age, career and even his new racehorse as they watched potential acts for the forthcoming series at the London Palladium.