The sister of murdered British aid worker Margaret Hassan claimed that the man accused of her murder went missing just before his retrial.
Ali Lutfi Jassar was given a life sentence at Baghdad's Central Criminal Court last June for his part in her abduction and murder and for attempting to blackmail her relatives.
He was due to appear in court for retrial tomorrow.
But Deirdre Manchanda, Mrs Hassan's sister, said last night she had been told that Jassar went missing from the prison facility in Iraq where he was being held.
Driver forced cyclist into ditch
A TEEN driver forced a cyclist to jump into a roadside ditch to narrowly miss a collision after he tried to overtake him at speed at the edge of a Dublin village.
Thomas Connors (18), who spent the past two weeks in custody for the preparation of a probation report, was remanded on bail for two weeks to see if he can stay out of trouble.
The defendant, of Rossfield Avenue in Tallaght, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to three counts of dangerous driving on August 21 last year.
Wanted teen deported to US
The American teenager who police call the Barefoot Bandit was deported to the United States just hours after he pleaded guilty to a minor offence in the Bahamas.
Law enforcement officials escorted Colton Harris-Moore on a commercial flight to Miami to face prosecution for a two-year string of break-ins and plane thefts across the United States.
Earlier, Harris-Moore pleaded guilty in the Bahamas to illegally entering the country.
Three bodies found hanging
Police in central Mexico said they found the bodies of three men hanging from pedestrian bridges in the city of Cuernavaca.
Morelos State prosecutors' spokesman Efrain Vega said the men were found along with threatening notes signed by a drug cartel. They had been shot to death.
Mr Vega said the three men escaped from a Morelos State prison last month.