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Health plans in transfer request

The joint administrators of Quinn Insurance Limited want the High Court to approve the transfer of 5,000 health policies to a subsidiary of one of the world's biggest insurance providers Swiss Re.

The polices are all held by people living in Ireland. The proposed transfer is part of the orderly unwind of QIL's business.

The company, established by former billionaire businessman Sean Quinn was put into administration following an application by the Financial Regulator more than four years ago over serious concerns how the group was being run.

The joint administrators of the company, Paul McCann and Michael McAteer, have petitioned the court to sanction the transfer of the 5,000 policies to Luxembourg based insurance entity 'iptiQ', which has a branch in Ireland.

Student faces flares charge

A Cypriot student is facing possible jail after admitting taking eight explosive flares on to a plane at a major UK airport and possessing a terrorist manual.

Andreas Pierides (22) was arrested after officers seized a box of distress signal mini-flares which they found inside luggage which had already been stowed on the plane, a court heard.

But they handed them back in error after Pierides was charged for having a terrorist manual,

Two cities found in jungle

Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and the lead researcher says he believes there are"dozens" more to be found in the region.

At each site, researchers found palace-like buildings, pyramids and plazas.

Interpol probes 'baby factory'

Interpol has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand calls the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies.

Thai police raided a Bangkok condominium this month and found nine babies and nine nannies. They have since identified Mitsutoki Shigeta as the father of those babies - and seven others.