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Four years for €490k arson

A Dublin man who set fire to a building in a random arson attack has been jailed for four years.

James Kelly (30) broke a window at the Lower Drumcondra Road building, climbed in and set it alight, causing €490,000 damage.

Kelly, of Willow Wood View, Hartstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to damaging property by fire on November 1, 2007.

Judge Tony Hunt accepted Kelly wasn't "in full possession of his senses" after a row with his girlfriend that night.

Cork City FC to stay afloat

WINDING-up proceedings against Cork City FC over a debt to the Revenue will be struck out next week if the money is paid by tomorrow, the High Court has heard.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy was told the the troubled League of Ireland side has the funds to discharge the €107,653 debt but was unable to do so because its bank account has been frozen.

The judge directed the bank, AIB, to receive some €158,000 arising out of the sale of players to clubs in England, and to pay out from that sum the debt due to the Revenue.

Mexican clergy slam drug war

Mexico's Roman Catholic bishops have criticised the government's drugs war strategy, saying the military presence on the streets raised human rights concerns.

They said too many suspects were paraded in front of the media before being charged, and urged the government to speed up police reforms so thousands of troops now leading the drugs war could return to their barracks.

Since taking office in 2006, President Felipe Calderon has deployed tens of thousands of troops to drug trafficking hotspots across the country, vowing to wrest back territory from brutal cartels.

Editors' picks make the cut

War story The Hurt Locker, bachelor bash The Hangover and animated tale Up earned top accolades from the American Cinema Editors.

Also among the winners was the dolphin slaughter investigation The Cove, which won for best-edited documentary and TV winners included 30 Rock, Dexter and Grey Gardens.