New Green deputy leader
CATHERINE Martin, a former Monaghan councillor, has been elected the Green Party's new deputy leader.
Ms Martin was selected at the party's convention over former Senator Mark Dearey and Northern Ireland green activist John Barry.
After her victory, she insisted the Greens would prove wrong predictions of their demise in the wake of an electoral wipe-out at the General Election.
Ms Martin said she was looking forward to recruiting new members and showing women it is possible to combine politics with family life.
Family shot by gangsters
GUNMEN have killed five members of a family in the drug cartel-plagued state of Chihuahua in Mexico.
Witnesses said five gunmen arrived at the house, in the municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo, asking for a person. When the family said they did not know where he was, the assailants opened fire.
Two adult women, a teenager and two children aged three and four were killed. Mexico's drug war has claimed more than 34,000 lives since 2006.
Springsteen's sax player sick
SAXOPHONIST Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band has suffered a stroke.
A person who has worked with Clemons (69) in the past confirmed last night Clemons has had a stroke. His sax has been one of the most defining elements of the E Street Band's sound. He has suffered from many ailments recently, but his health seemed to be improving and last month he performed with Lady Gaga on "American Idol."
Thousands riot in south China
PROTESTERS in southern China's manufacturing hub torched emergency vehicles in anger over police abuse of migrant workers.
Last night's rioting followed three days of growing unrest in Xintang in Guangdong province, the lynchpin of China's export industry.
Tens of thousands of people gathered at a highway interchange, setting fire to more than two dozen emergency vehicles and fighting with police.