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Two accused of IBM raid

TWO men accused of burglary at IBM, Ballycoolin have been sent forward for trial.

Patrick McDonagh (40) and Patrick Mongan (23) are facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court.

McDonagh, of St Philomena's Park, Ballycoolin, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with burglary.

His co-accused, Mongan, of Meakstown Close, Finglas, is also charged with burglary and with possession of a pair of red-handled pliers.

Napoleon's code for sale

The single line of Napoleon's secret code told Paris of his desperate last order against the Russians: "At three o'clock in the morning, on the 22nd I am going to blow up the Kremlin."

By the time Paris received the letter three days later, the Tsar's seat of power was in flames and the French army was in retreat.

The rare document is up for auction on Sunday, when it is expected to fetch ¤15,000.

Polar ice sheet melting alert

The melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets has raised sea levels by 11mm since 1992, a fifth of the total rise that threatens low-lying regions globally.

Yesterday's study involved 47 researchers from 26 laboratories.

S Korea space launch is a dud

South Korea cancelled the launch of its first space rocket after a glitch in the propulsion system halted the countdown just minutes before the scheduled lift-off.

It was South Korea's third attempt to put a rocket into orbit and the second time this particular mission has failed.

Gunmen kill green activist

A band of gunmen killed an environmental activist who had received death threats for standing up to drug gangs and had a police guard when she was ambushed in southern Mexico.

Juventina Villa Mojica, whose husband and two children were killed last year, died in a hail of bullets, along with her 10-year-old son.