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In Brief

A DUBLIN man who went out to a send-off for a friend who was emigrating to Australia ended up in a brawl in a fast-food restaurant queue.

Michael Donoghue (23) was one of 15 people who got into a fight at McDonald's during which those involved had to be pepper-sprayed.

Tallaght District Court heard a female garda was punched in the face as she tried to separate the men fighting, although Donoghue was not responsible for that.

He had the case against him adjourned after a judge said he would leave him without convictions if he made a ¤300 charity contribution.

Donoghue, of Kiltalown Road, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and causing a breach of the peace at McDonald's, Belgard Square on April 29 last.

Guns stash found in jail

VENEZUELAN authorities say they have seized about 125 guns stashed inside a prison following a stand-off.

Among the weaponry uncovered are handguns, shotguns, one submachine gun, one telescopic sight, 27 explosive devices and more than 64,000 rounds of ammunition.

A three-week stand-off that pitted armed inmates against troops at the prison ended on May 18.

Failed bid to save whale

RESCUERS were unable to save a sperm whale about the size of a city bus that was stranded off Puerto Rico.

Marine biologist Antonio Mignucci says a necropsy is planned to determine what caused the death of the adult female. Mr Mignucci said the whale weighed about 15,000lbs and was 35ft long.

The whale was first spotted early on Saturday off the coast near the town of Luquillo. She died about five hours later.

US to search for Vietnam graves

THE Vietnamese government has said it will open three new sites for excavation by the US to search for troop remains from the war.

The announcement comes as the US and Vietnam exchanged artefacts collected during the war. They include letters written by an American soldier who was killed that had been used as propaganda.

There is also a diary kept by a Vietnamese soldier.