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Eight years for carrying drugs

An unemployed mechanic who was caught moving drugs twice within two weeks to clear his drug debt has been sentenced to eight years with the last two years suspended.

Shane Flanagan (31) of Mooretown Avenue, Swords, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cocaine for sale or supply on April 16, 2009 in a car park in Swords and possession of a second larger cache of cocaine valued at €212,000 at Bothar na Breena Road on May 1, 2009.

Flanagan admitted he was asked to deliver the drugs but did not realise the amount involved.



Man (73) faces 113 sex charges

A man has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court accused of 113 counts of rape, oral rape and sexual assault against three people over a seven-year period.

The 73-year-old with an address in Dublin has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a male and sexually assaulting and raping two females between 1995 and 2002. The offences are alleged to have occurred across the country including Dublin, Wexford and Cork.



Presidents hold talks on peace

Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt have discussed how they can work together to promote peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

France and Egypt share the presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean, which brings together the 27-nation European Union and 16 partner countries across the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Mr Sarkozy's office says the men spoke about using their co-presidency to promote initiatives for peace.



Cult member up for parole

Leslie Van Houten, the one-time Charles Manson follower long seen as the most likely to win freedom some day, is facing her 19th parole hearing in California.

Van Houten (60) is in the California Institution for Women at Frontera.

Van Houten was 19 when she joined cult members in killing wealthy grocers Leno and Rosemary La Bianca in August 1969, the night after other members of the group killed actress Sharon Tate and four others.


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