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Gardai in hunt for immigrant

Gardai were today searching for a Congolese national who failed to turn up at the High Court yesterday to mount a final challenge against his deportation.

Toussaint Mbiyavanga had been released from custody following a late-night sitting of the High Court on Wednesday in which he sought to restrain his deportation from Dublin Airport yesterday.

He had declined to spend the night at Hatch Hall, a facility for immigrants awaiting deportation.

Mbiyavanga had originally been put on a plane to Congo on July 13 last but the aircraft had to turn back as it was unable to clear Libyan airspace and he had been returned to custody in Dublin.

Owner is killed

by five pit bulls

A Philadelphia woman found dead in her home had been killed by her own dogs, an autopsy revealed.

Carmen Ramos (50), was found by her husband when he returned from work. The couple shared their house with five pit bulls.

Neighbours said the dogs were recently removed by animal welfare officers after they escaped and attacked two residents, but the animals were later returned.

Waves thwart drug runners

Dangerously high waves were blamed after a smuggling boat crashed on a Southern California beach where more than 500lb of marijuana washed ashore.

California State Parks rangers found the abandoned boat split in half near Point Mugu. The surf was 6-9ft at the beach.

Authorities are warning swimmers and surfers to be careful because of high waves that have hit California.

Mystery blaze

linked to Kelly

Australian police are investigating a suspicious fire at a mansion once owned by the judge who sentenced the country's most notorious criminal, Ned Kelly, to death.

The fire is the latest in a series of mysteries linked to Kelly, who led a gang that robbed banks and killed policemen from 1878-80.

It comes one day after officials said they had finally identified the headless remains of Kelly, who was hanged in 1880.