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Drug accused avoids prison

A DUBLIN man who claimed he was asked to hold €119,000 worth of cannabis to pay off his murdered nephew's drug debt has avoided a jail term.

John Deans (49), of Liberty House, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of €119,416 worth of cannabis for sale or supply at his home on May 10, 2012. He has eight previous convictions which were all dealt with in the District Court.

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Deans to a five-year suspended sentence.

"He has a low IQ which has many ramifications," Judge Nolan said.

Beer drinkers told to cool it

A ministry official is proposing that the temperature in restaurants selling beer in Vietnam should not exceed 30C - a rule that will be hard to enforce considering outdoor beer parlours are hugely popular in the country's big cities.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade which is drafting the regulation, says the rule aims to "protect consumers."

Last year, Vietnam's 90 million people consumed three trillion liters of beer, making them the top beer drinkers per capita in Southeast Asia.

Ferry captain apologises

A South Korean ferry captain has apologised for leaving his doomed vessel but said he did not know his actions would lead to the deaths of more than 300 people

Captain Lee Joon-seok and three other crew members aboard the ferry Sewol face homicide charges for allegedly being negligent and failing to protect passengers.

The four were among the first group of people to leave when the ship began listing.

Inquest opens into 'troll' death

An inquest will open today on a woman found dead after being accused of directing online abuse at missing girl Madeleine McCann's parents.

The body of Brenda Leyland (63) was found in a hotel room two days after she featured in a Sky News report highlighting internet "trolling" of Kate and Gerry McCann.

Ms Leyland is reported to have posted thousands of messages on Twitter.attacking the McCanns.