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In Brief: Four years for drug-stash man

A MAN caught storing cannabis, cocaine and heroin worth €110,000 has been given a seven-year prison term.

David O'Hanlon (24), of Lindisfarne Avenue, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs at his home on June 14, 2011.

Judge Patrick McCartan suspended the last three years of the seven-year term and told O'Hanlon he hoped he would pick up his life again with the support of his family and get on with his future.



Migrant pair in cannabis scam

Two economic migrants who answered a gardening job advert were tricked into living in primitive and horrendous conditions in a cannabis-growing operation, a court has heard.

The two men, who both came from peasant farming families in China, answered ads in a Chinese newspaper offering jobs as flower growers here.

Xiabin Huang (30) and Yong Chen (35),of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the cultivation of cannabis plants at Millennium Business Park, Ballycoolin, on March 7, 2012.

The 900 cannabis plants were valued at around €800,000.



Tibetan girl in blaze horror

A teenage girl has become the eighth Tibetan child to set themselves alight to protest against Chinese rule.

Wangchen Kyi (17) self-immolated and died in western Qinghai province after calling for the long life of the Tibetan people and their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

More than 90 ethnic Tibetans have self-immolated since February 2009.



Cuban rebels hit by arrests

Cuban dissidents have accused authorities of a wave of arrests to prevent them from gathering to mark International Human Rights Day.

More than 100 government opponents were briefly detained and promptly sent back to their homes, human rights monitor Elizardo Sanchez said.

"The saving grace is that (the arrests) are of short duration," said Mr Sanchez.


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