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Petrol thief may escape prison

A MAN who has a conviction for possessing a mobile phone in prison may escape a prison sentence for stealing petrol from two service stations if he is deemed suitable for community service.

Damien Costello had been ordered to pay €150 in compensation to the service stations at a previous sitting of Balbriggan District Court.

However, he was only in a position to pay €100, his solicitor said, as he was the victim of a mugging.

Costello (35), of Oakview Avenue, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to the theft of €20 of petrol from Topaz on the Ballymun Road on May 10, 2013. He further pleaded guilty to the theft of €20 of petrol from Applegreen Service Station, Northbound on the M1 at Lusk on July 22, 2013.

Trekkers saved from peaks

Dozens of stranded foreign trekkers have been rescued and more bodies have been found following a blizzard and avalanches in northern Nepal, taking the death toll to 27.

About 70 people are still missing along or near the Annapurna trail, according to the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal. The route, 100 miles north-west of Katmandu, was filled with hikers during the peak trekking season.

People in 50s 'get happier'

People get happier rather than grumpier with age, according to a new survey which reveals we find our greatest contentment at 58.

The UK research suggests that people get the work-life balance right towards the end of their working lives as they hit a golden age of satisfaction when silver-haired.

The study, also found that the age associated with the greatest stress is 35 - as they juggle with work and family.

Oxfam warns of 'toxic triangle'

People around the world are trapped by a "toxic triangle" of fossil fuel companies, investors and governments which is driving climate change, Oxfam has warned.

The aid agency said 400 million people would be at risk of hunger and drought by 2060 due to rising temperatures, with fossil fuels being the main source of carbon dioxide emissions.