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Priest jailed for abusing boys

A FORMER priest who indecently assaulted five boys 30 years ago has been given an 18-month jail sentence.

The 76-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to five counts of indecent assault between 1979 and 1981. The court heard two 11-year-old boys were invited into the accused's house on the premise of delivering leaflets and were abused.

A 13-year-old boy was indecently assaulted after being photographed for a parish magazine. One victim, aged about 12 years old, was abused at school.

Dad raped his daughter (13)

A WATERFORD father who raped his 13-year-old daughter after buying her alcohol has been jailed.

The 37-year-old man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape and sexual assault.

The final four years of the 12-year sentence were suspended. The man must undergo five years post release supervision.

Garda Siobhan Keating told the court that the girl's parents' relationship had broken down and she stayed in her father's house on a number of occasions.

One night, he came into her room and sexually assaulted her, and on two occasions he raped her.

Cyprus junk credit rating

CREDIT ratings agency Moody's has downgraded Cyprus deeper into junk territory over fears about the amount of government support needed to prop up the country's stricken banks.

Moody's said that it had taken the country's score down by three notches to B3. It warned that the needs of Cyprus's three largest lenders -- hit by exposure to the Greek economy -- would push public debt to 140pc of GDP.

Honduras plot to kill ministers

THE Honduran government has evidence of plots to kill two cabinet ministers.

Spokesman Bladimir Baca said the plots appear to target the ministers of agriculture and human rights.

Land rights activist Rafael Alegria said he also had been informed of plans to kill him, and has increased his security.