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In Brief: Shop raider posed as buyer

A MAN who tried to buy a chocolate bar in a shop he had just tried to rob has been given a suspended sentence of three years imprisonment.

Stephen Comerford (29) of North Great Charles Street, Dublin, admitted attempted robbery in Terenure and Rathmines on April 17, 2011.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Comerford was the lookout for an accomplice who was armed with a knife.

Following their attempt to rob a shop on Terenure Road, Comerford tried to act as if he had nothing to do with it by going up to the counter to buy a bar of chocolate. The owner told him to get out.

Judge Martin Nolan suspended a jail term of three years for three years.



Two killed by nail bombers

A homemade bomb exploded near a hotel in a southern Philippine city, killing two people and wounding two officers.

Cagayan de Oro City police said no motive or suspects had been identified after today's blast.

One bystander was killed on the spot and another died in hospital. The officers were wounded when the device, which was packed with nails, exploded as they backed away from it.



Film-row man back in court

The man behind an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East has denied violating his probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction.

Mark Basseley Youssef (55) has been in a US detention centre since September 28 after he was arrested for eight probation breaches.

Youssef went into hiding when violence erupted in Egypt over a trailer of Innocence Of Muslims posted on YouTube. It depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a religious fraud and a paedophile.



Two die as car park collapses

A parking garage under construction at a community college collapsed in Miami, killing two people and trapping two others in the rubble.

At least 10 other workers were hurt when the roof of the five-story concrete garage fell, creating a pancake-style collapse on the campus of Miami-Dade College, officials said.


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