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Dubliner wins €1m bond prize

A Dublin resident has picked up a €1m jackpot win with prize bonds.

The winning bond number for the €1m prize is PD 959235 and it was purchased in 2011. Over €1,500,000 was won in this month's draw.

John Daly, chairman of the Prize Bond Company, said: "Congratulations to our new Prize Bond Millionaire from Dublin and to over 9,800 other winners in this month's Prize Bond draw."

No drug charge for Hoffman pal

The Manhattan district attorney has dropped drug-selling charges against a jazz musician and friend of late film star Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an accidental drug overdose in February.

Montreal-born Robert Aaron Vineberg (58) was arrested after police traced what they believed to have been the source of the heroin suspected of killing the Oscar-winning actor. Vineberg was charged with intent to sell heroin.

18 killed in Iraq gun battle

Iraqi police officials say that clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militants with the Islamic State group south of Baghdad have killed four soldiers.

The hour-long clashes took place in Latifiyah, 30km south of Baghdad. At least 14 militants were also killed in the clashes, and the rest were forced to retreat, an official said. Militants with the Islamic State group have waged a fierce offensive this year across large swaths of northern and western Iraq.

US military launched airstrikes in northern Iraq.

Swat team bust in wrong door

a SWAT team that used a battering ram to bust into an apartment at daybreak and surround its sleeping tenant with guns drawn had intended to target the neighbouring dwelling.

Austrian police have admitted they had a hard time reading the apartment numbers because they decided to leave the hall lights off so as not to arouse suspicion at the apartment block in the southern city of Klagenfurt.

They subsequently went next door and found cocaine, cannabis and what police call a suspicious amount of cash. Two men are in custody.