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'Stupid' drug smuggler jailed

A 'STUPID' unemployed man who tried to smuggle in €2,200 worth of cannabis from Amsterdam has been jailed for nine months.

Derek McGovern (28) of Cashel Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of the attempt at Dublin Airport on June 4, 2008. He was stopped as a result of customs profiling and the drugs found in his luggage.

Judge Patrick McCartan said: "He has had his chance. He is not a youth and he had his wake-up call when he was convicted of possession of drugs and given 200 hours community service.

"He didn't learn his lesson then and what he did was a ridiculously stupid act."

Infant 'neglect' trial collapses

THE trial of a man accused of neglecting his seriously ill infant daughter, by removing her from hospital without consent, has collapsed.

The 39-year-old man had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to wilful neglect of his daughter on November 1, 2005.

The court heard evidence that the child was removed at about 10.30am and returned about 4pm.

Judge Frank O'Donnell directed the jury to acquit the man, saying that there was no evidence to suggest he had known the risks and consequences of his actions.

Shrine pilgrims hit by bomber

A bomb aimed at pilgrims on their way to a shrine wounded four people in Baghdad.

The bombing took place next to Firdos Square, which became a widely recognised Baghdad landmark after US Marines pulled down a statue of Saddam Hussein there in April 2003.

Police said the device was apparently aimed at Shiites on their way to Friday prayers.

Senators want US World Cup

A group of senators is getting behind an effort to bring the World Cup to the US in 2018 or 2022.

The senators, led by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, planned to send a letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter this week.

The senators say they are hopeful that "Americans will be given a chance to display their passion" for the sport and say the US has the necessary infrastructure.