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In Brief: Drug mule fled after threats

A DRUGS mule fled to Northern Ireland six years ago after he was told that he would be shot if he didn't leave immediately, a court has heard.

Thomas Young (28), of Broadway Parade, Belfast, was extradited back to the Republic earlier this year and was yesterday given a six-year sentence, suspended in full, for transporting around €55,000 worth of cocaine.

Defence counsel told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Young appeared in court in 2006 and was waiting for his case to be heard when someone threatened him.

This person allegedly told Young he would shot outside the courtroom if he didn't leave immediately.

Young admitted possession of 784g of cocaine for sale or supply at Grainger's Pub, Talbot Street on March 24, 2006.

Mayor vows to remove sheriff

THE San Francisco mayor said he will seek to remove the city sheriff from office over a domestic violence conviction involving his Venezuelan actress wife.

Mayor Ed Lee said Ross Mirkarimi turned down his suggestion to resign after pleading guilty to a false imprisonment charge.

Mr Lee said he will file official misconduct charges.

Kofi's new UN Syria deputy

THE UN and the Arab League have appointed former UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Marie Guehenno as deputy to Kofi Annan in his attempts to bring peace to Syria.

Mr Guehenno, a former French diplomat who has been a professor at Columbia University, will serve as a deputy to Mr Annan alongside former Palestinian foreign minister and UN observer Nasser al-Kidwa.

Mr Annan, a former UN secretary-general, was last month made special envoy on the Syrian conflict.

Tornado-hit school gets gig

A HIGH school in the US state of Indiana wrecked by tornadoes has won a free concert by country music trio Lady Antebellum.

Henryville High School has won the band's "Own the Night" contest.

Henryville's schools were badly damaged when tornadoes ripped through the region earlier this month, killing 13 people.