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Teen burglar gets 3 years

A teenage serial burglar who has previous convictions from courts in Sligo, Galway, Meath, Offaly, Wicklow and Dublin has been jailed for three years.

Judge Patrick McCartan said Glen Muldoon (19) was spotted running from a home he had broken into while gardai investigated burglaries he had carried out earlier the same night in the same estate.

Muldoon, of Kiltalawn Hill, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four burglaries at Tuscany Park, Baldoyle and Meadow Brook Park, Baldoyle on November 11, 2011.

Man accused of death threat

THE Special Criminal Court trial of a Dublin man accused of demanding €50,000 from another man by using a death threat has been adjourned.

Derek Palmer (55), of Corduff Green, Blanchardstown, has denied making the threat to Wayne Whitehouse at Hampton Green, Balbriggan, on July 14, 2011.

The court heard two men claiming to be members of the Continuity IRA called to the house in Hampton Green and alleged that Wayne Whitehouse was a drug dealer and told him he was to pay €50,000 that night or they would "take him out".

The trial continues.

Israel 'will defend itself'

Israel's vice premier says the country will "know how to defend" itself should violence spill across the border from the civil war in Syria.

In the past week, Israel has seen Syrian mortar rounds and bullets land in Israeli territory and tanks enter a demilitarised zone in the Golan Heights.

Moshe Yaalon said in a Twitter message that Israel would know how to react if violence was "spreading in our direction".

Plane crashes in France

An Algerian military cargo plane has crashed in southern France with six people aboard.

The plane went down yesterday afternoon near the town of Trelans, in the Midi-Pyrenees.

The fate of the plane's passengers was not immediately known as firefighters fought a blaze at the scene of the crash.