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Home-made bomb found

Army experts carried out a controlled explosion on a home-made bomb today.

The Cliona Park estate in the Moyross area of Limerick was evacuated after the device was discovered this afternoon by gardai during a planned search of a house.

The Army bomb disposal team removed the bomb to a safe location where a controlled explosion was carried out.

The scene was declared safe at 5pm and the remains of the device were handed over to gardai for an investigation.

Singer Lee on assault charge

Boy band singer Lee Ryan will appear in court today charged with attacking his fiancee.

The Blue star (27) is accused of assaulting Samantha Miller (26) the mother of his young son, Rayn. The incident is understood to have taken place as the couple drove through London's West End last Wednesday night.

Following the incident, his spokesman said: "Lee 100pc denies common assault." Ryan, of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Dead man not suspected killer

DNA evidence in Texas ruled out a major lead in the case of a fugitive Australian man accused of killing his pregnant wife and their three children 40 years ago.

Victoria state police said that detectives used DNA from a relative of Elmer Crawford to determine that an unidentified male who died in Texas in 2005 was not the suspected murderer. Facial recognition experts concluded earlier this year that the man could be Crawford. Crawford disappeared in July 1970.

Refugee jailed for plane hijack

A Somali woman refugee was sentenced to nine years in prison in New Zealand after she pleaded guilty to trying to hijack a small domestic airliner.

Somali immigrant Asha Ali Abdille initially stabbed both pilots and another passenger on a domestic commuter flight.

During the February 2008 attack on the 19-seat plane, Abdille, a vineyard worker, demanded to be flown to Australia.