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Postman hid letters at home

a worker with An Post hid 100 undelivered letters in his home after becoming stressed over his route duties.

Ian Spitere (28) appeared before Cork District Court as it emerged that he had not materially gained from his actions and only opened four of the 100 envelopes.

Spitere, of Strattan Pines, Bishopstown, Cork, pleaded guilty to opening four postal packets.

Judge Leo Malone adjourned the case until December 3.

Famed female flyer dies at 88

Geraldine 'Jerrie' Mock, the first female pilot to fly solo around the world, has died aged 88.

She died at her home in Florida after being in failing health.

Mock flew her single-engine Cessna 180 'Spirit of Columbus' 23,000 miles in 29-plus days before landing in Ohio on April 17, 1964. On her trip she made stops in Casablanca, Cairo and Calcutta. A life-sized statue of Mock was unveiled in April at Port Columbus airport.

Caver rescued after 12 days

A Spanish cave explorer has been rescued after spending 12 days trapped about 400 metres underground in a cave in Peru's remote Amazon region.

Rescuers brought Cecilio Lopez out of the mouth of Inti Machay cave, in Leimebamba, to cheers from an international team of 107 people who joined in the effort to get him out after he was injured deep in the cave.

The rescuers, who included 58 Spaniards, hugged each other in excitement. Peruvian civil defence officials said he would be flown by an air force helicopter to Lima.

Japan volcano toll reaches 48

More bodies have been found near the ash-covered summit of a Japanese volcano as searches resumed amid concern of toxic gas and another eruption.

Nagano police said the death toll from Saturday's surprise eruption at Mount Ontake now stands at 48.

Local officials said most bodies were found around the summit, where many climbers were resting or having lunch when the eruption happened.

Helicopters carried a dozen bodies to the foot of the mountain yesterday.