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Man charged with IRA ties

A 24-year-old Louth man has been brought before the Special Criminal Court, charged with IRA membership. Adrian Crevan Mackin of Mullach Alainn, Omeath, was brought before a special sitting of the court yesterday.

He was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army on Friday last January 16th.

Detective Garda Ciaran Hobbs said he made no reply to caution.

The accused was remanded in custody and is due in court again on Thursday.

Tear gas used in Charlie protest

Security forces in Niger have used tear gas to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters taking part in a banned demonstration in the capital Niamey.

The altercation came after 10 people were killed in two days of violent protests against a French publication's cartoon depicting Islam's prophet.

President Mahamadou Issoufou said that five people were killed in Niamey when Christian churches and bars were set ablaze.

On Friday, at least five other people were killed in the town of Zinder.

Britain's oldest person turns 112

Britain's oldest person, Gladys Hooper, is celebrating her 112th birthday today, just three days after taking the title. She became the country's oldest on Thursday following the death of Ethel Lang, who was 114. Saying that she does not feel a day over 70, Mrs Hooper, who has a son, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, said her special treat for the day would be "a nice cake".

She was born the same year the Wright brothers invented the aeroplane.

Bradbury tells of baby nerves

TV presenter Julia Bradbury has admitted she is so "superstitious" about her pregnancy she won't decorate the nursery, even though the birth is only three months away.

Little wonder, given how hard the former Countryfile host tried for her precious cargo.

The 44-year-old had to go through five rounds of IVF before successfully falling pregnant with non-identical twins.


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