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Forty rare clams seized at airport

More than 40 endangered giant clams were seized by the Revenue Commissioners at Dublin Airport last year.

The clams had been illegally harvested from coral reefs off Vietnam and were being smuggled into Ireland as part of a tropical fish consignment for sale on the black market.

The clams are the biggest bivalve molluscs and one of the world's most endangered species.

They can grow to 1.2 metres in diameter and weigh up to 200kg.

Boris favourite to lead Tories

Boris Johnson has opened up a big lead over his rivals as the politician the British public would like to see replace David Cameron.

Some 34pc believe the London mayor, who will seek to return as an MP at the general election, should be the next Tory leader.

A poll showed he was 19 points ahead of Home Secretary Theresa May, while Chancellor George Osborne was third with 9pc. Mr Johnson was even more popular among Conservative supporters, with 50pc backing him .

Tiger snatches woman off boat

A tiger snatched a woman and disappeared into the surrounding mangrove forest in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

The woman, her husband and a boat driver were trying to catch crabs in a shallow river when the tiger jumped on her and dragged her into the wilderness. Forest guards searched for the woman, but found no trace.

It was the sixth tiger attack this year in the Sunderbans, where shrinking habitat is forcing tigers to venture farther in search of food.

Producer Golan dies aged 85

Menahem Golan, a veteran Israeli film-maker who produced some of the biggest action movies of the 1980s, has died in Tel Aviv. He was 85.

Golan produced more than 200 movies and directed a quarter of them. Among his hits were The Delta Force starring Chuck Norris and the Death Wish sequels starring Charles Bronson.

He also produced films starring Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme.