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Two burglary accused's trial

TWO men who allegedly broke into a vacant house and caused €11,000 worth of damage have been sent for trial.

Graham Harcourt (32) and Philip Kavanagh (19) both of Crannoge Close, Ballymun, were at Blanchardstown District Court charged with burglary and criminal damage.

The alleged incident took place at a property at Hamptonwood Park, St Margaret's, on April 24 last.

It is alleged that Harcourt and Kavanagh caused €11,627 worth of damage to the property, which is owned by Dwyer Nolan Developments.

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

Chavez weeps for himself

VENEZUELA'S opposition candidate in next month's presidential elections has criticised President Hugo Chavez for crying.

Mr Chavez choked up in an emotional speech, saying he had endured personal sacrifices for his political project and remembered bucolic days when he roamed free through Venezuela's countryside.

But Henrique Capriles said Mr Chavez should shed tears for Venezuelan mothers who had lost children to violent crime or hunger.

Cult film's box office record

CULT drama The Master commanded a huge following in its opening weekend, smashing US box office records on just a handful of screens.

The Weinstein Co release made $729,745 (¤555,000) in five cinemas in New York and Los Angeles for a record-setting per-screen average of $145,949 (¤110,000), according to studio estimates.

The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a charismatic cult leader and Joaquin Phoenix as his protege.

Chinese tunnel crew trapped

CHINESE state media say 16 people are missing following the cave-in of a highway tunnel under construction in the country's southeast.

Rescuers are searching for those trapped in the collapse last night near the city of Ganzhou.

The tunnel is part of a 3,429km expressway across the country.