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Plans for city car hire scheme

PLANS for a Dublin city car rental scheme will be put out for public consultation early in the new year.

Motorists will be asked if they believe a car club scheme should be implemented across the city, which would allow people to rent cars for short periods of time.

Similar schemes have operated in the UK, US and Germany far more than a decade and the council believes it could eliminate up to 15,000 cars from the city's streets.

The council's transport committee will propose the plan at the local authority's meeting on December 3.

Alert after NZ volcano erupts

A NEW Zealand volcano has erupted for the second time in less than four months, sending an ash plume nearly two miles into the sky.

Authorities issued a no-fly alert above Mount Tongariro on central North Island. Scientists say the eruption did not cause any damage or road closures.

Volcanologist Tony Hurst said the eruption was unexpected, although scientists had placed the volcano on a higher alert after it erupted in August for the first time in more than a century.

Oz police find $237m drugs

AUSTRALIAN police have seized $237m (¤185m) worth of cocaine and methamphetamine found inside a steamroller shipped from China.

Two men, a Canadian and an American, were arrested in Sydney after Australian Federal Police found 350kg of cocaine and meth. The men were charged with importing drugs and face a maximum of life in prison if convicted.

On Friday, officials tracked down a boat carrying 200kg of cocaine to Australia after it ran aground in the small island nation of Tonga. A corpse was found on board.

iPad hacker found guilty

A NEW York man has been convicted of stealing more than 120,000 email addresses of iPad users.

Andrew Auernheimer had been on trial in Newark, New Jersey, after being arrested last year and charged with identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorised access to computers. Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.