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Man grew drugs worth ¤80,000

A MAN has been sentenced to two years in jail for acting as a gardener in a cannabis grow house in Dublin city.

Vietnamese farmer Dien Bui (65) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to cultivation of cannabis at Collins Avenue, Killester on March 28, 2012. He has been in custody since his arrest.

Judge Martin Nolan noted the potential value of the plants if they had been ready for harvesting was €80,000. He imposed a two-year sentence backdated to Bui's arrest.



Ex-Miss Britain star faces trial

A former Miss Britain competitor is to go on trial accused of claiming more than £22,000 (?34,890) in benefits as a single parent.

Rachel Hatton (28), of Foxfield Way, Grange Park, Northampton, pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing at Northampton Crown Court to two charges of fraud and two of false representation while allegedly living with her then partner Nathaniel Simon.

The charges relate to her allegedly falsely claiming housing benefit, council tax, income support and legal aid.



Warhol's work collects ¤13m

The first in a series of live and online auctions to raise money for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York has collected over $17m (?13.39m).

The auction at Christie's in New York featured works by Warhol ranging from prints to photographs, some of which have not been seen by the public.

The top sale was Endangered Species: San Francisco Silverspot, a print that fetched over $1.2m (?0.94m).



UN to pull out of East Timor

UN peacekeepers are on track to leave East Timor by the year's end, but the international community will remain engaged in one of the world's youngest nations.

Finn Reske-Nielsen, head of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste, told the Security Council that the tiny Asian state still faces many challenges but that a peacekeeping mission is no longer the best way to address them.


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