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Pilot (25) killed in car smash

A YOUNG man was killed in a late night car crash in Co Limerick. Gardai are investigating the single-vehicle collision on the N20 at Ballyphillip, Banogue.

The 25-year-old driver, who was named as trainee pilot Denis Metcalfe of Mallow, Co Cork, was the only occupant of the car that hit a pole.

He was removed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where a post mortem was to take place.

Famed clock gets clean-up

A team have abseiled by rope to begin cleaning the faces of the Great Clock at the Palace of Westminster, wearing ear defenders to protect their hearing from the chimes of Big Ben.

A week has been set aside for the job, one day for each of the four faces and a contingency day in case the weather makes it too risky.

As well as removing any dirt that has built up, the team will carry out a photographic survey to check the dials for damage.

Prince robbed of €250,000

Gunmen armed with assault weapons ambushed a Saudi citizen's vehicle in Paris, stealing €250,000 in cash, police said.

The assault occurred late on Sunday near the city limits as a convoy headed to Le Bourget airport, said police spokesman Rocco Contento. A Saudi prince was in one of the vehicles, he said.

"They must have been informed about the schedule," Contento said. The assault was "very well organised" because no shots were fired and no one was hurt.

The last car in the convoy, a Mercedes van with only a driver inside, was hijacked by eight hooded gunmen.

Man falls asleep and into river

A lifeboat crew has come to the rescue of a man who fell asleep on a wall and rolled into a river.

An RNLI crew from London's Tower lifeboat station picked up the man who was stranded on the north foreshore of the Thames, near Blackfriars Bridge.

Lifeboat helmsman Kevin Maynard said: "We located the man who told us he had lain down on the embankment wall and must have fallen asleep because the next thing he knew he was falling through the air. He wasn't injured."