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In brief: City's water plan in doubt

Plans by Dublin City Council to extract water from a Tipperary lake to help supply the capital's water needs have met with a muted response by North Tipperary councillors.

Dublin City Council plans to extract 2pc of the water volume from Lough Derg at times of high water levels.

Cllr Jim Casey (FF) said that if the capital "fixed its problems with the loss of water through leaks ... it may not need to bolster its supply from elsewhere''.

Cllr Ger Darcy (FG) was also concerned that Dublin wanted to harvest the majority of the water during the summer, when supplies would already be low in the region.

50 Cent moves into boxing

Rapper and entrepreneur 50 Cent is taking a swing at promoting boxing in Nevada.

Nevada Athletic Commission said the entertainer, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, won approval last week for a promoter's licence.

The company, SMS Promotions, is handling a December 8 bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Attack plotter is deported

An immigrant in the US said to have plotted to attack an Ohio shopping mall has been deported to Somalia.

Nuradin Abdi completed his prison sentence in August and was in federal custody in Louisiana while final preparations were made to return him to Somalia.

The US Justice Department accused Abdi of suggesting a shooting rampage at an unidentified Columbus shopping mall during an August 2002 meeting with two friends, both of whom were later convicted of terrorism.

US sergeant on trial for killings

A US Army sergeant charged with killing four soldiers and a navy officer at a mental health clinic in Iraq has appeared in a military court.

Sgt John Russell entered no pleas during the hearing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

Russell is accused of going on a shooting spree near Baghdad in May 2009. His lawyer says he has no memory of the killings and witnesses have said he appeared distant and paranoid before the attack.