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In Brief: Fuel-laundering plant shut down

A fuel-laundering plant capable of producing more than five million litres of illicit diesel a year has been shut down.

Pumps, tanks and other equipment were removed from the site in Co Armagh after a police and customs raid.

The illegal operation had the potential to evade the UK Treasury of more than £3m (€3.5m) in tax and duty.

More than 14 tonnes of toxic waste were also removed from farm buildings where the plant was operating.

 

BABY DINOSAURS LIKED TO CRAWL

Dinosaurs crawled on all fours like toddlers before switching to two feet when they grew up, experts say.

Analysis of bones 100 million years old showed baby Psittacosaurus had long arms and short legs, which were used to scuttle around shortly after hatching.

The arms grew quickly between the ages of one and three, suggesting that the Psittacosaurus continued to move on all fours during their "toddler" years.

 

11 KILLED IN TWIN BLASTS IN IRAQ

Two bombs have exploded near a checkpoint run by government-allied Sunni militiamen in western Iraq, killing at least 11 people.

The twin blasts struck Zangoura, 115kms west of Baghdad.

The checkpoint was manned by members of the Sahwa, who are Sunni militiamen that joined forces with US troops to fight al-Qa'ida during the Iraq War. They remain on the Shiite-led central government's payroll for security forces, making them an occasional target for Sunni insurgents who consider them traitors.

 

MAN ARMED WITH PANTS IS SHOT

A US prosecutor says a police officer was justified in shooting a man he thought was armed in a dark alley, even though he had only black underwear in his hand.

District Attorney Richard Consiglio said neither man would be charged.

The victim was wounded in the shoulder.

Mr Consiglio said the officer was confronted by the man, who was naked below the waist except for his shoes. The man raised his hands while holding a dark object the officer thought was a gun. The Pennsylvania officer then shot him.


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