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Heroin addict fined for theft

A YOUNG woman who stole sweets from a convenience store was high on heroin at the time, a court heard.

Noeleen Connor (24) has battled a drug addiction since she was a teenager, and she had relapsed.

The defendant, of Kiltalown Hill, Tallaght, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing groceries worth €13 from Dealz, Drogheda Mall, Finglas last January 28.

Judge David McHugh fined her €50.


Two men toting a briefcase stuffed with false bond certificates tried to bluff their way into the exclusive Vatican bank in a foiled fraud plot.

Financial Guard Lt Col Davide Cardia said the would-be swindlers tried to convince Swiss Guards at a Vatican City gate earlier this month that "cardinals were expecting them".

Mr Cardia said that the suspects were detained by Vatican authorities after checks showed they had no such appointment nor connections with the bank.


American mediators are in urgent talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials in hopes of salvaging troubled Middle East peace talks.

The negotiations have hit a snag in recent days due to disagreements over the terms of an Israeli prisoner release.

The Palestinians say that Israel committed to release the prisoners when talks resumed last summer. Israel wants assurances that the Palestinians will commit to extending talks beyond a current April deadline.


A Kenyan police official says a man died after an explosive device he was assembling exploded in a residential area in the capital.

Barasa Wabomba, police chief of the Starehe area in Nairobi, said yesterday that police are looking for three men who were seen running out of the apartment after the blast in the three-story Pangani building.

Wabomba could not say who was responsible, though initial suspicion has fallen on sympathisers of Somali Islamic extremists.