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Clint Eastwood reveals inspiration behind empty chair speech

Clint Eastwood revealed the idea of talking to an empty chair came to him after meeting America's most influential Roman Catholic bishop, reports the New York Times.

Actor Clint Eastwood addresses an empty chair and questions it as if it is U.S. President Obama Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Officers injured after trouble in North Belfast parade

At least ten police officers have been hurt in trouble connected to a parade in North Belfast.

Violence broke out before a republican procession which drew loyalist protesters.

Missiles including stones and bottles were hurled at police.

Tensions have been brewing recently over problems near a Catholic church close to the parade.

Police continue to deal with disorder in the Carlisle Circus, Antrim Road and Clifton Street areas of North Belfast.

Missiles, including stones and bottles, were thrown at officers.

At least ten officers have been injured, three of whom have been taken to hospital.

North Belfast was the scene of serious rioting on July 12 when republicans attacked police following a loyal order parade through the Ardoyne flashpoint.

– A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokeswoman


Republican Paul Ryan admits marathon time error

Republican Paul Ryan has admitted he did not complete a marathon in under three hours as he said in a nationally broadcast interview.

The US vice presidential hopeful said the information he had provided about his marathon time was inaccurate by over an hour.

Republican Paul Ryan. Credit: Reuters

He issued the statement ammending the record after Runner's World magazine discovered evidence that he had finished the marathon in just over four hours.

Mr Ryan told radio presenter Hugh Hewitt in August he had run a "two hour and fifty-something" marathon.

That is a speed of just under seven minutes per mile for the 26.2-mile course - exceptionally fast for amateur runners.

Mr Ryan admitted he ought to have rounded up his marathon time to four hours, rather than three.

Mitt Romney views Hurricane Isaac damage

Mitt Romney talks to people on the side of the road while looking at damage from Hurricane Isaac in Jean Lafitte Credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made an unscheduled visit to Louisiana today to view damage from Hurricane Isaac.

Romney inspected the fallout from the storm that had originally stoked fears of a repeat of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans seven years ago.

Barack Obama's own stop in the region is scheduled for Monday.


Obama responds to Clint Eastwood jibe

President Barack Obama has responded to a jibe made by Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood during his appearance at the Republican National Convention on Thursday.

Mr Eastwood treated delegates at the convention to an improvised performance with an imaginary president in an empty chair.

Mr Obama posted a photograph on Twitter in response to the act. On his Twitter, Mr Obama wrote "This seat is taken".

President Obama responds to Clint Eastwood jibe. Credit: @BarackObama
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