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100 hours for taunting garda

A TEENAGER who made a smart comment to a garda that he couldn't see over the witness box has been ordered to complete 100 hours' community service.

Colm Ahern (19), of Mount Drinan Crescent in Kinsealy, had admitted before Swords District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at Swords courthouse, North Street, Swords on October 12, 2011.

Garda Mark Keane said that, while he was leaving the courtroom, Ahern looked at him and said: "Look at this little f **ker. He can't see over the box."

Apple's iTunes is looking east

Apple is rolling out its iTunes online store to Hong Kong, Taiwan and 10 other Asian territories in a push to sell music and video to more users in the company's fastest growing region.

The company said that Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia and Laos will also get their own iTunes stores.

But China, which accounts for a big part of Apple's revenues, was not included.

Rescue op for boat migrants

Australian PM Julia Gillard said 123 people have been rescued after a boat carrying suspected asylum seekers capsized in Indonesian waters today.

The boat was carrying as many as 133 people, Gillard said, adding it was not immediately clear how many remain unaccounted for. A major search-and-rescue operation involving navy vessels and Australian aircraft is under way.

Gillard called on the House of Representatives to immediately consider and approve legislation on the offshore processing of asylum seekers.

Drug-running sub seized

Ecuador's marines have seized a semi-submersible capable of transporting 10-15 tons of cocaine.

The vessel -- 50ft long and 13ft wide and about 70pc finished -- was under construction on a small island in the Gulf of Guayaquil.

The craft was the second semi-submersible found this year in the country.