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Dad carjacked woman driver

A CARJACKER frightened the life out of a female driver after he shouted at her, assaulted her and ordered her out of her car, a court heard.

Barman Thomas Byrne (32) took the car and terrified the woman during the drink and cocaine-fuelled attack.

He apologised for his behaviour, saying he had since turned his life around.

Father-of-three Byrne, of Hampton Wood, St Margaret's Road in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing a car and assaulting the female driver on September 11, 2006.

Judge John Lindsay described the incident as "pretty awful" and sentenced Byrne to six months in prison suspended for one year.

CIA spymaster

dies, aged 86

Retired CIA spymaster Richard F "Dick" Stolz has died in Virginia from complications from a fall. He was 86.

Mr Stolz joined the CIA in 1950 and became one of the spy agency's most respected operatives.

He was the CIA's top spymaster when he was called out of retirement in 1987 in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal, which involved the sale of weapons to Iran and the diversion of profits to the right-wing Nicaraguan rebels known as contras.

Swiss to hold

vote on ballots

Switzerland is holding a referendum this weekend -- on whether to hold more referendums.

A nationalist group wants voters in the Alpine republic to have an automatic say every time their government signs an important international treaty.

Most major parties oppose the measure, saying it could gridlock Swiss democracy with constant ballot calls.

Blast at steel

plant kills 11

An explosion in a state-owned steel plant in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has killed at least 11 people.

At least 16 other workers suffered serious burns in the blast and a massive fire that broke out late yesterday in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam.

The death toll was expected to rise as the condition of some of the injured was critical.