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Medals for Irish peacekeepers

PRESIDENT Mary McAleese will visit Irish troops in Lebanon this weekend on her last official trip abroad.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter will accompany the President to Camp Shamrock, where she will present medals to 72 peacekeepers on their first overseas mission.

Ms McAleese was the first head of State to visit troops abroad. She went to Lebanon in December 1998, in Kosovo and Bosnia in 2000 and Liberia in 2004.



Search for Oz shark victim

AUSTRALIAN officials are hunting for a 64-year-old man who they believe was attacked by a great white shark off a popular beach.

Bryn Martin, who often swam off Perth's Cottesloe Beach, vanished while swimming about 350m offshore. Divers later found his torn swimming trunks.

"Our information on a preliminary examination was that the tearing was consistent with that of about a 10ft great white shark," police said.



X Factor reject is pregnant

X FACTOR reject and mother-to-be Charley Bird said she hoped her pregnancy had not played a part in her group being given the boot.

She and musical partner Lucy Texeira of 2 Shoes were knocked out of the ITV1 show this weekend.

Bird said it would be "really, really wrong" if her pregnancy had been a factor.