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Trial on bookies robbery charge

A MAN has been sent for trial, accused of having a sawn-off shotgun and attempting to rob a bookmakers.

Noel Fowler (51) of The Dargle, Prospect Hill in Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of a sawn-off shotgun.

He is also charged with producing a hammer during the course of a robbery and with attempted robbery at Boyle Sports bookmakers, Finglas, on August 20, 2011.

State solicitor Caroline Deasy said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

17 chopped-up bodies dumped

THE dismembered bodies of 17 men were found yesterday on a farm in a part of central Mexico disputed by violent drug cartels.

The bodies were dumped near a highway in the town of Tizapan el Alto, said Jalisco state prosecutor Tomas Coronado Olmos.

Coronado Olmos said the bodies were naked, mutilated and stacked with chains around their necks.

"Our border regions with other states are vulnerable to this kind of action and dumping of bodies," he said.

Ferry disaster kills 22 people

THE number of people killed when a wooden ferry boat sunk in a river in Borneo has risen to 22.

The boat, carrying 112 passengers and crew, sank late on Thursday in Mahakam River. It was sailing upstream from Samarinda to Melak in the same province.

Search and rescue boss Mujiono said rescuers are still searching for at least seven people reported missing.

Strictly wins X Factor fight

STRICTLY Come Dancing had its biggest launch for three years this weekend.

The first show in the series -- in which viewers saw contestants such as Victoria Pendleton and Nicky Byrne teamed up with their professional partners -- was seen by an average of eight million viewers.

There was also a resurgence for The X Factor on Saturday after weeks of disappointing ratings, although the programme is still more than two million down on last year's figure.