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Gun gang robs cruise tourists

Three men have been charged with ambushing a tour bus and robbing a group of cruise ship passengers at gunpoint in the Caribbean nation of St Kitts.

The suspects, all in their 20s, have been charged with armed robbery after the weekend incident prompted two cruise firms to cancel port calls to St Kitts on Wednesday.

Masked gunmen robbed 16 tourists from the liner Celebrity Mercury as the group headed to Brimstone Hill Fortress.

UN hopes for united Cyprus

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the rival leaders of divided Cyprus recognise the need to move more quickly to reach agreement on a plan to reunify the Mediterranean island.

After meeting Greek Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Mr Ban said they had agreed to establish a plan to overcome major remaining disagreements.

Traders switch on festive fun

TRADERS kick off the Clontarf Christmas Festival tonight with a lighting ceremony at Vernon Avenue, carol singing, a visit from Santa Claus and free mulled wine, food and goodies.

The 6pm-8pm event is being run in conjunction with Dublin City Council and the Lord Mayor's Office.