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Man stole to feed drug habit

A DUBLIN man who was caught stuffing cigarettes into his jacket was stealing to feed his drug habit, a court heard.

Christopher Cummins (32) of Cherry Park in Swords, admitted before Cloverhill District Court to a charge of burglary. The incident took place at Stanley's, Omni Shopping Centre in Santry on January 15 last.

The defendant has been battling a drug addiction for nearly two decades, and took his first drugs when he was only 13 years old.

Judge Grainne Malone sentenced Cummins to one month in prison, on top of a sentence he is currently serving.

Assange talk angers group

A WOMEN'S group says a planned speech by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Cambridge University is an "insult to survivors of rape".

Mr Assange will speak on a topic yet to be revealed followed by a question-and-answer session at the Cambridge Union Society (CUS) debating platform on November 27.

He will appear over videolink from the Ecuadorian embassy where he is seeking asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faces allegations of rape and sexual assault.

Games boost tourism in UK

Overseas visitors to the London Paralympics helped boost UK tourist numbers in September.

The number of trips to the UK made by foreign residents in September reached 2.63m -- a 1pc rise on the September 2011 figure, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Spending during these visits soared 17pc to more than £1.94bn (e2.4bn).

Martian rover is on the move

AFTER playing in the sand, the Curiosity rover is poised to trek across the Martian landscape in search of a rock to drill into, scientists reported.

The six-wheel rover has been parked for more than a month at a sand dune on Mars where it has been busy scooping up soil, sniffing the atmosphere and measuring radiation levels.

Its next task is to zero in on a rock and that requires driving to a new location.