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Two charged in terrorist probe

Two men arrested last week during garda investigations into dissident terrorist activity in Co Galway have been charged at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

Thomas Hughes (40), of An Tuairin, Dublin Road, Tuam, Co Galway, was charged with the unlawful possession of an explosive substance at One Hundred Acres, Monivea, Co Galway on January 24.

He was also charged with the unlawful possession of a revolver and ammunition at An Tuairin, Tuam, Co Galway on January 26.

Thomas Coffey (47), of One Hundred Acres, Monivea, Athenry, Co Galway was charged with the unlawful possession of an explosive substance and unlawful possession of a revolver and ammunition.

Drivers taking insurance risk

Almost half of motorists would leave their car unattended while it warms up, risking invalidating their insurance in the event of theft, it was claimed today.

A survey by swiftcover.com found that 47pc of UK drivers admitted to returning to the house to collect something despite the engine still running.

The online insurer estimates £12.7m (e14.8m) worth of vehicles are stolen in this way every year.

Cork voted off Dancing On Ice

Cricketer Dominic Cork was voted off Dancing On Ice in a twist that saw his fellow contestants decide who left the competition.

Cork and TV presenter Jeff Brazier were in the bottom two after the public vote and went head to head in the skate-off.

After Brazier took a tumble during an ambitious routine, he gave a much improved performance and managed to keep his place on the show.

30 missing in flash flooding

Police in Bolivia said a raging river swept at least 30 people to their deaths after swamping a bus and a lorry that tried to cross.

Volunteer rescuers have recovered 30 bodies so far, and more people are feared missing. Thirteen people managed to reach safety on dry land.

Intense hail hours earlier unleashed the flash flood in the river, which is dry much of the year.