Irish novelist dies at 43

LONDON - Christopher Nolan, an Irish poet and novelist whose refused to let his disability get in the way of his writing, has died. He was 43.

Nolan died Friday at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin after ingesting food into his airway, according to a statement from Nolan's family, carried in the Irish media.

Nolan's brain was starved of oxygen during birth and cerebral palsy left him unable to speak or control his arms or legs. He might have remained isolated from the outside world were it not for a drug, Lioresal, which restored some of his muscle function. His parents nurtured their partially paralyzed son's literary talent.

Using a 'unicorn stick' strapped to his forehead to tap the keys of a typewriter, Nolan laboriously wrote out messages and, eventually, poems and books as well.

100,000 protest over recession

LONDON - Around 100,000 people filled the streets of the Irish capital Saturday in protest at the government's handling of the country's economic crisis, police said.

The march through the heart of Dublin - organized by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions - was meant as a warning shot to the government, which wants to cut public sector pay even as it pumps billions of euros into its troubled banks.

US, China focus on economy, climate change

BEIJING - In a last full day of talks in Asia, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday stressed American and Chinese cooperation on the economy and climate change, with few nods to human rights concerns amid signs of China's crackdown on dissidents.

Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said a regular dialogue between their countries on economic issues would now include terrorism and other security issues.

Priest who aided lepers to become saint

VATICAN CITY - A 19th-century Belgian priest who ministered to leprosy patients in Hawaii, and died of the disease, will be declared a saint this year at a Vatican ceremony presided over by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Rev. Damien de Veuster's canonization date of Oct. 11 was set Saturday.

Born Joseph de Veuster in 1840, he took the name Damien and went to Hawaii in 1864 to join other missionaries.