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Saturday 18 August 2018

Murder accused says garda lied

A MAN accused of murdering a Limerick man in the city four years ago claimed a garda was lying when he said he didn't find the accused at home that night.

Jonathan Fitzgerald (21) of South Claughan Road, Garryowen, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Noel Crawford in O'Malley Park, Southill, on December 18, 2006. Mr Crawford was shot dead outside his parents' home in the early hours of his 40th birthday.

The trial continues at the Central Criminal Court.



Japan volcano blasts into life

A revived Japanese volcano erupted with its biggest explosion yet, sending a huge plume of gas, rocks and ash into the sky and smashing windows five miles away.

The eruption early today was the biggest since the Shinmoedake volcano burst into life last week and officials widened the danger zone to keep residents away.

Broadcaster NHK said a woman suffered cuts from shattered glass in the blast. No serious injuries had been reported.



Kings of Leon postpone tour

Rock band Kings of Leon have been forced to postpone several international tour dates because their drummer is injured

A news release from the band says Nathan Followill's surgery for a torn right bicep and labrum will force the postponement of tours in South Africa and Australia until October and November.

The band will still play a few scheduled dates, including an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 15.



World's oldest person dies

A Texas woman said to be the world's oldest person has died at 114.

Eunice Sanborn, of Jacksonville, died at her home, Patricia Ellis of Boren-Conner Funeral Home of Jacksonville said.

The Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group listed Ms Sanborn as the world's oldest person, based on data from the 1900 census. Robert Young of the group said the title now passed to 114-year-old Besse Cooper of Georgia, who is 114 years and five months old.

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