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Burglar accused facing trial

A DUBLIN man accused of breaking into a number of houses on Christmas Day last year is facing trial on the charges.

Jason O'Toole (24) was allegedly found with items including cash, coins and a Nintendo DS after gardai stopped him in Palmerstown.

The defendant, of O'Hogan Road in Ballyfermot, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with two counts of burglary as well as trespass and possession of stolen property.

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded O'Toole in custody.

Gorilla captured after zoo escape

A 180kg gorilla that escaped from its cage at an upstate New York zoo and bit a zookeeper has been captured in a zookeepers' lounge and has been tranquilised.

The Buffalo Zoo says a 24-year-old male gorilla named Koga got out of his cage into an aisle where the keeper was working yesterday morning and bit her on the hand and calf.

The zookeeper suffered minor bite wounds. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Man convicted over wildfires

An Australian man has been convicted of deliberately starting one of the deadly wildfires that swept through southern Australia three years ago.

A Victoria Supreme Court jury today found Brendan Sokaluk (42) guilty of 10 counts of arson causing death for starting a blaze that killed 10 people and destroyed 156 homes in February 2009.

It was part of the worst wildfire disaster in Australia's history.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Rock to present Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will likely be a little more irreverent this year: Chris Rock is set to be one of the A-list presenters for the April event.

The comedian is due to induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers into the hall at the ceremony at the Rock Hall in Cleveland on April 14. He's a big fan and has been a friend of the band for a while.

The ceremony will be broadcast on May 5 on HBO.