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In Brief: Boiling water threat by thief

A MAN robbed a shop by threatening to throw a cup of boiling water over the cashier.

John Reilly (37) told gardai he wanted to be arrested and imprisoned because he was tired of being homeless. He was a regular in the shop he robbed and the cashier recognised him instantly.

Judge Martin Nolan noted Reilly suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and drug addiction. He imposed a three year sentence which he suspended in full.

Reilly, of Clonronald Road, Donnycarney, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery of €358 at a Mace Shop on Killester Avenue on May 20, 2010.

New battle to fight malaria

The global campaign to fight malaria is appealing for $3.2bn to try to reach the UN goal of "near-zero" deaths from the mosquito-borne disease by 2015.

There has been "great progress" in reducing malaria deaths using bed nets, insecticide spray and drugs, said Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary General's special envoy for malaria.

Malaria deaths had decreased by over one-third since 2010.

Booby trap set on hiker trail

Police in Utah are questioning two men over killer booby traps -- one of them a spiked boulder -- rigged up along a popular trail.

Tripping a ground wire would have sent the 20lb boulder crashing into an unsuspecting hiker, authorities said.

Two men arrested over the weekend on suspicion of misdemeanour reckless endangerment said the traps were intended for wildlife, but investigators did not believe the story.

North Korea in attack threat

North Korea has claimed it will soon conduct "special actions" that would reduce South Korea's conservative government to ashes within minutes.

The threat comes amid concerns that North Korea may be plotting another provocation in the wake of an unsuccessful rocket launch.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korea to refrain from "further provocative measures".