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In Brief: Teen faces trial on bomb threat

A DUBLIN youth, who allegedly told gardai that he would put a pipe bomb under a woman's van after he was charged with robbing her, has been returned for trial.

The 17-year-old boy was refused bail at the Dublin Children's Court after Judge John O'Connor heard that gardai had fears that he would be involved in witness intimidation.

The boy has been charged with robbery on October 16 last of €350 from the 52-year-old woman in Ballymun.

At an earlier hearing, Gda Cotter had said that during a cigarette break the teenager made the comment: "I'll put a pipe bomb under her van or I will get someone else to do it".



A 76-year-old woman has told how she paid out more than £200,000 (€233,000) after she became addicted for 56 years to scam mail.

Sylvia Kneller, of Farnham, Surrey, first started responding to the fraudsters when she was 20-years-old and says she became "a believer", convinced she would one day win a fortune.



A US appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Nigerian man who pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner with a bomb in his underwear.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab admitted he was outfitted with a bomb on behalf of al-Qaida. But he appealed his guilty plea, claiming a federal judge made a series of improper decisions.

In a 3-0 decision yesterday, an appeals court affirmed the conviction and life sentence. The court says the judge did nothing wrong in declining to order a mental health exam.



Gavin & Stacey's Ruth Jones has hinted that the hit TV show could be turned into a film.

The popular BBC comedy, created by Jones and James Corden, ended in 2010, two-and-a-half years after it first hit TV screens.

Jones, who played Nessa, told the Radio Times that she would "definitely" join forces with Corden, who starred as Smithy, again.

"It might be a Gavin & Stacey special or it might be a film," she said.