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Mechanic on hatchet charge

A MAN who was allegedly found with a hatchet and a screwdriver has claimed that he needed them for his work as a mechanic, a court heard.

James Dunden's car was stopped and searched by gardai and the tools were found in it, a court was told.

Dunden (29), of Pigeon House Road, Irishtown, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with possession of the items at West Pier, Dun Laoghaire on February 13 last.

Garda David Vallance alleged Dunden said he had the hatchet for work.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the matter to a date in March.

German pilots in strike chaos

More than 4,000 pilots at Germany's Lufthansa airline launched a four-day strike today that is expected to cause headaches for travellers around the world.

The airline enacted a special limited flight plan after it was forced to cancel hundreds of journeys.

The pilots are seeking increased job security and for German working conditions to apply to Lufthansa pilots hired abroad.

Space shuttle's night landing

Space Shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts returned safely to Earth, making a rare night landing at Cape Canaveral to end a mission that resulted in the virtual completion of the International Space Station.

During their mission -- which spanned two weeks and 5.7 million miles (9.17 million km) -- the astronauts installed a new space station room, Tranquility, and a big bay window with sweeping views of the Earth.

Jobless youth abused garda

A YOUNG man who insulted a female garda said that he had suffered a problem with drink ever since he was savagely attacked with a bollard and left with a scarred face.

Unemployed James Joyce (20), of St Cronan's Close, Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour in Swords shortly before 4am on November 7 last.

He was ordered to complete 150 hours community service in lieu of 10 weeks in prison.