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In Brief: Examiner for fuel station firm

AN interim examiner has been appointed by the High Court to a company operating a chain of fuel stations employing 140 people.

Tougher's Oil Distributors Ltd, with registered offices in Naas, Co Kildare, ran into difficulties as a consequence of using its surplus cash to make several property investments during the economic "boom", Bernard Dunleavy, for the company, said yesterday.

A lot of those properties had since gone into NAMA.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern said he would grant court protection and appoint Michael McAteer, of accountancy firm Grant Thornton, as interim examiner. The matter comes back to court on November 9.

Woman (71) killed by dogs

A PENSIONER is believed to have died after she was mauled by a pack of dogs that she had gone to feed.

The 71-year-old woman, named in reports as Gloria Knowles, was found dead with multiple injuries at a house in London.

Police were called to the property and seized five dogs including two Bordeaux bulldogs, two American bulldogs and a mongrel.

The great grandmother was feeding the pet dogs belonging to her daughter when she was mauled.

She had a heart attack and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fukushima worker's claim

THE operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings, a worker has claimed.

The actions by Tokyo Electric Power led to radiation injuries, said the contract worker, who was with a six-member team working at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant during last year's crisis.

98 dead in religious riots

MYANMAR'S government says it has evidence that some individuals instigated recent deadly violence.

The announcement said 89 people were killed, 136 were injured and 32,231 were made homeless when more than 5,000 houses were burned down in violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in the past two weeks.