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€17m revamp at Hitler home

Adolf Hitler's mountain retreat in Bavaria is getting a makeover with a €17m renovation project.

The visitor centre includes details on Obersalzberg – the mountain ridge where Hitler had his Eagle's Nest retreat and Berghof home and headquarters – as well as on the Nazi regime in general.

The alpine village was a second centre of power after Berlin for the Nazis, with high-ranking officials like Herman Goering, Albert Speer and Martin Bormann also keeping homes there.


A MAN caught importing 50kgs of cocaine mixing agent tried to convince gardai it was to be used as horse tranquilliser, a court has heard.

The two consignments of Benzocaine, which is used as a local anaesthetic, were intercepted by Customs at a Fedex warehouse in Dublin.

Gardai traced the delivery to Paul Carthy (34), of Donaghmede Avenue, Kilbarrack, who pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The Benzocaine was estimated to be worth €50,000. The case was adjourned until October.


A man accused of holding three women captive for a decade will face court tomorrow to answer to hundreds of charges including rape and kidnapping.

Ariel Castro, of Cleveland, Ohio, is charged with kidnapping the three women and keeping them – sometimes restrained in chains – along with a six-year-old girl he fathered with one of them.

Castro may face two counts of murder for allegedly causing the unlawful termination of one of the women's pregnancies. Prosecutors say they are leaving the door open to pursuing a death penalty case against Castro.


Former Beatle Ringo Starr is publishing a children's book based on the band's song Octopus's Garden.

The track first featured on the 1969 Abbey Road album.

Starr has teamed up with illustrator Ben Cort to work on the book. The book will be published in October as a hardback and as a CD story book.