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Suicide linked to unemployment

The link between unemployment and suicide will be highlighted at a major conference in Dublin to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

More than 500 delegates from around the world are set to attend the event in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, on Friday, September 10.

Paul Kelly of Console, the support group organising the conference, warned a number of studies have shown a clear link between unemployment and suicide rates.

"All studies show higher rates of ill health, both psychological and physical, in men and women who are insecure in work or are unemployed," he said.

Gunman kills children's mum

A gunman entered a western Arizona home and fatally shot five people, including the mother of his two children and her boyfriend, before fleeing with the kids to southern California where he killed himself, police said.

The shootings late on Saturday occurred as 23-year-old Deborah Langstaff and friends were celebrating her boyfriend's birthday, police said. In all, six people died. Police traced the alleged gunman, 26-year-old Brian Diez, to a California residence about 400 kilometres away.

Holiday packing habits revealed

Nearly all women do not wear all the clothes they take on holiday but almost half buy things when away as they have forgotten to pack them, a survey showed today.

Women generally take far more clothes than men do and spend more time packing than their partners, the poll of 2,011 adults by travelsupermarket.com found.

As many as 90pc of women end up not donning all the clothes they pack, but 43pc have to make purchases on holiday through forgetful packing.