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Two detained after drug find

TWO Polish men have been remanded in custody following the seizure of cannabis plants worth €100,000 in Co Galway.

The pair, both in their 30s, appeared at a special sitting of Loughrea District Court yesterday.

Gardai raided a house in Kilgarve Court, Ballinasloe, on Saturday and found 120 cannabis plants.

Bail was refused and the men will appear again at Harristown District Court, Castlerea, on Friday.

City of 400,000 without water

Long lines formed at water distribution centres and shop shelves were emptied of bottled water after Ohio's fourth-largest city told residents not to drink from its water supply that was fouled by toxins from algae on Lake Erie.

The warning cut off the water supply to 400,000 people in Toledo and most of its suburbs.

Worried residents who were told not to drink, brush their teeth or wash dishes with the water, emptied shops and waited hours for deliveries of bottled water as a state of emergency was declared.

National sperm bank for UK

A UK national sperm bank is to be launched to meet increasing demand.

The National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), in partnership with Birmingham Women's Hospital, has been awarded £77,000 (€96,400) by the Department of Health to provide the service, which will launch in October.

The department says it will benefit patients "both NHS and privately, of all ethnicities across the UK, including same-sex couples and single women".

Southern China quake kills 150

A strong earthquake jolted southern China's Yunnan province yesterday, toppling thousands of homes and killing at least 150 people.

The magnitude-6.1 quake struck at a depth of 10km, according to the US Geological Survey. Its epicentre was in Longtoushan township, 23km southwest of the city of Zhaotong.

Ma Liya, a resident of Zhaotong, said the streets there were like "a battlefield after bombardment".