| 13.1°C Dublin

In Brief: Man denies a threat to garda

A FATHER of six is alleged to have threatened to kill a garda during an incident in a southside garda station.

John Casey (35), of St Aidan's Halting Site in Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court to deny threatening to kill or cause serious injury to Garda Michael Divilly.

The alleged incident took place at Tallaght Garda Station on December 6 last year.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Casey denied the allegation and the threat "just didn't happen".

Judge McDonnell adjourned the matter to November 10.

Hong Kong's €56m drug haul

HONG Kong police have made their biggest ever cocaine bust, seizing more than 1,200lbs of the drug and arresting eight people.

Police say those arrested included five Mexicans, an American and a Colombian.

Police say narcotics bureau officers acting on a tip carried out raids at a warehouse and other locations across the city starting on Friday. The cocaine seized in the raids was worth about 600 million Hong Kong dollars (€56m).

Ancient beaver teeth in the US

FOSSILISED teeth are the earliest record of living beavers in North America.

The pair of teeth were found in north-east Oregon and are 7 million years old.

The previous earliest known records of living beavers in North America, from about five million years ago, were from Nebraska, California, and northern Oregon.

The fossils will be displayed at the Thomas Condon Palaeontology Centre.

Customs try to take Vegemite

AUSTRALIA'S foreign minister says American authorities tried to confiscate his supply of Vegemite as he entered the US.

Kevin Rudd tweeted that airport authorities in New York had questioned him bringing in Vegemite.

Mr Rudd said he "needed foreign ministerial intervention" to keep the popular Australian spread.

President Barack Obama joked about Vegemite, saying: "It's horrible" to Australian prime minister Julia Gillard when she visited in March.