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In Brief: Weapons haul on flight to US

A BANNED smoke grenade along with a cache of knives, handcuffs, a gas mask and other weapons made it through checked-in luggage on a flight to the US from South Korea.

Yongda Huang Harris and his carry-on luggage were thoroughly searched, but authorities found nothing suspicious and he boarded the flight, said US security official.

Harris (28) was arrested in Los Angeles last week during a stopover on a trip from Japan after US customs noticed he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

A search of Harris' checked luggage uncovered the array of suspicious items.

Pub damaged in mystery fire

FOUR units of Dublin Fire Brigade have fought a blaze which broke out at the popular Racecourse Inn in Baldoyle in the early hours of this morning.

The alarm was raised at around 3am when smoke was seen coming from the pub.

The fire took two hours to bring under control and caused extensive damage to the building.

Nobody was injured in the fire and the cause of the blaze was being investigated today.

3D map clue to climate change

Scientists have produced the first three-dimensional map of the surface beneath Antarctic sea ice, helping them better understand the impact of climate change on Antarctica.

The team of scientists from eight countries have used a robot submarine to chart a frozen and inverted world of mountains and valleys, allowing accurate measurements of the crucial thickness of Antarctic sea ice.

Penguins killed by zoo malaria

Six penguins have died after an outbreak of malaria at London Zoo this summer.

The birds contracted the avian strain of the disease from mosquitoes and died in August, despite the zoo taking extra precautions to prevent the killer infection.

Zookeepers increased the birds' anti-malaria medication due to fears that the wet weather created the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to thrive.