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Gardai swoop at illegal dump

An illegal dump and diesel-laundering plant was uncovered close to the border today.

Gardai made the discovery as they raided a premises near Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, this morning.

Customs officers and members of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from Monaghan County Council were also involved in the search operation at Reban, Shantonagh.

The area was sealed off and a forensic technical examination of the scene was under way. A garda spokesman said no arrests have been made.

Oz coalition

gets go-ahead

Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labour Party will form a minority government to rule Australia after two independent politicians backed her coalition.

The decision announced today by Tony Windsor and Robb Oakeshott gives Ms Gillard's party control of 76 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives.

The August 21 elections failed to deliver a clear winner. The conservative opposition controls 74 seats.

Race-row hero dies of cancer

Jefferson Thomas, who as a teenager was among nine black students to integrate a Little Rock high school in the first major US battle over school segregation, has died of cancer in ohio. He was 67.

The integration fight by the Little Rock Nine was a first real test of the US federal government's resolve to enforce a 1954 Supreme Court order outlawing racial segregation in the country's state schools.

Climber held on skyscraper

a man who scaled the exterior of a 58-storey downtown skyscraper yesterday and unfurled an American flag at the top has been arrested by US police

Veteran skyscraper climber Dan Goodwin (54) used suction cups but no ropes to scale Millennium Tower, a 645ft residential building overlooking San Francisco Bay, ignoring police orders to stop climbing.

Goodwin, who has overcome cancer, said he climbed the building to call attention to what he described as the ongoing vulnerability of skyscrapers to terrorist attacks.