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Security firm brings 50 jobs

Around 50 jobs are to be created at an internet security firm, Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe announced today.

US company Webroot is recruiting sales, marketing, engineering, inventory and customer support workers as it prepares to open its international headquarters in Ballsbridge, south Dublin.

The firm develops security solutions to protect corporate networks and help consumers download music, shop and search safely online.

Mr O'Keeffe said the jobs would be introduced over the next two years.

"Ireland has again demonstrated that it can out-perform our competitors in attracting high-growth international firms to hub here," he said.

Nile countries in sharing talks

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak discussed with his counterpart from the Congo and the prime minister of Kenya the lingering crisis over sharing the waters of the Nile river.

Egypt said it is carefully weighing its response to a new agreement by five upriver countries that could affect its current majority share of the river's waters.

Mr Mubarak, Kenya's Raila Odinga and Congolese President Joseph Kabila reviewed cooperation between Egypt and other Nile basin countries.

Germans push Syria on talks

Germany's foreign minister urged Syria to support indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians in return for economic support for reforms.

Guido Westerwelle said the indirect talks were an opportunity to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and called on Damascus to back the negotiations.

He offered support for Syrian economic reforms and partnership with the European Union.

Honduras nabs runaway pilots

Honduran authorities arrested two Mexican pilots who allegedly tried to abandon their plane on an airport runway.

Security Vice-Minister Armando Calidonio said police are investigating whether the pilots had any drug trafficking connections.

He said the pilots were arrested after failing to park their plane in a hangar.