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Man made fight threat to garda

A YOUNG man asked a garda to take off his uniform and challenged him to a fight when he was told to move on for loitering, a court heard.

Karl Zambra (24) was among a group of men who gardai told to leave the stairwell of an inner city flats complex when he told the garda: "I will give you your go".

The case was adjourned for a probation report after he was found guilty of a public order offence at Dublin District Court.

Zambra, of St Theresa's Gardens, Donore Avenue, Dublin, denied using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour near his home on November 4, 2009.

Battle to beat

oil spill at reef

Salvage crews today pumped oil from a stricken cargo ship teetering on a reef off the New Zealand coast, after the weather cleared enough to restart work on the precariously listing vessel.

More bad weather could hamper or even end the salvage attempts. Experts say the ship could break apart or slip from the reef at any time.

The Rena ran aground on October 5 on the Astrolabe reef 22 km from Tauranga Harbour on New Zealand's North Island, spilling 350 tons of fuel and killing more than 1,000 sea birds.

Pilot is killed in

airshow crash

A pilot died after an air force jet nosedived and crashed at an air show in China.

Television footage showed the jet sputtering and then plunging into a field on Friday outside the northern city of Xi'an as one of the pilots ejected from the cockpit and landed under a parachute.

The plane, a two-seater JH-7 Flying Leopard fighter-bomber, burst into flames on crashing.

The seat of the pilot who perished appeared not to have ejected.