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In Brief: Cocaine stash suspect on trial

A DUBLIN man has been sent for trial accused of possession of cocaine for sale or supply at his home in the west of the city.

Peter Creighton (33), of Moorefield Lawns, Clondalkin, had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

He is charged with having cocaine with intent to sell or supply at that address on March 6, 2012.

Judge David McHugh sent him forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, on May 31. He was remanded on bail.


New SARS fear grips France

French health officials are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, in people who had close contact in the hospital with France's only confirmed case.

The regional health agency in France's Nord-Pas-de-Calais region said a nurse at the hospital where the man was hospitalised in late April has herself been under watch .

In 2003, the spread of SARS in hospitals in Asia ultimately sparked a global outbreak.


Poachers slay


26 elephants

Poachers have slaughtered at least 26 elephants inside a famed park in the volatile Central African Republic, wildlife officials say.

Local residents had already started taking meat from the carcasses, which included four calves, WWF said.

Earlier this week, 17 armed fighters from the Seleka rebel movement entered the Dzanga Bai. The rebels who overthrew Central African Republic's president in March have been accused of involvement in elephant poaching.


Dance siblings'


Got Talent bid

Dance troupe Pre-Skool follow in their siblings' footsteps tonight by trying to impress the Britain's Got Talent judges.

The youngsters, from Port Talbot, Wales, were inspired to enter after their relatives in Nu Sxool reached the finals last year.

The 13-strong group – made up of children aged five to eight – was choreographed by Terry Michael, who was the man behind last year's success.