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Trio accused of violent threats

A TEENAGER, his sister and their friend are accused of threatening to use violence against another person on January 9 last year.

Francis Hanley (18), his sister Michelle (22) Hanley and David Quinn (24) have been ordered to stay out of the Fortlawn area of Blanchardstown.

Quinn, of Wellview Park in Mulhuddart and Francis and Michelle Hanley, of Oakview Park in Hartstown, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with violent disorder.

The trio are facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court.

The matter was adjourned to a date in May.

BBC News site offline for hour

BBC bosses apologised today after the corporation's website went offline for almost an hour.

Technical problems meant users were unable to access bbc.co.uk from near 11pm until just before midnight.

Steve Herrmann, editor of the BBC news website, said: "We'd like to apologise to everyone who couldn't get on to the BBC News website."

Qantas cuts flights to Japan

Qantas is to cut capacity growth, retire aircraft early and shed managers in response to natural disasters in key destinations and rising fuel costs.

The measures come on top of two increases in fares since February.

Qantas and its budget stablemate Jetstar will suspend services from Australia to Japan from April to August, and downsize the planes Qantas flies on remaining flights to Japan.

Gascoigne in court over tax

A bankruptcy move against former England football star Paul Gascoigne returns to the High Court today.

The proceedings follow a hearing in February when Gascoigne promised to pay off his debts to the taxman to avoid the threat of being made bankrupt.

At that hearing, it was agreed to adjourn a petition for bankruptcy for six weeks -- until today -- to give the 43-year-old the chance to pay more than £30,000 (e34,000).

This is the final chance to avoid bankruptcy by Gascoigne.