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Wrong-way driver jailed

A man who mixed alcohol and anti-epilepsy medication and before driving in the wrong direction down a dual carriageway has been jailed for three years.

Mark McCarthy's "crazy driving" included driving against traffic on a roundabout and a handbrake turn.

McCarthy, of Elm Dale Crescent, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, reckless endangerment, drunk driving and driving without insurance at Malahide Road, Darndale, on October 3, 2011.

Judge Martin Nolan jailed McCarthy for three years and banned him from driving for four years.

Woman sues

over stillbirth

A WOMAN is suing a hospital claiming negligence led to the stillbirth of her twin son nearly 15 years ago.

Paula Carolan, a psychiatric nurse from Lakeland, Tonyduff, Balieborough, Co Cavan, has brought a High Court action for damages for negligence and breach of duty against Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Ms Carolan says that between May 15 and 17, 1997, she was under the care of the hospital for the delivery of her twin children when a baby boy was stillborn.

Terror hoax

suspect held

Police in China have detained a suspect they say made a fake terror threat and forced a passenger plane bound for Turkey to make an emergency landing.

The China Southern flight landed in Gansu province's Lanzhou city several hours after departing Urumqi, the capital of the restive Xinjiang region.

The latest report said the detained man, called Wang, confessed to fabricating the threat.

Drug lord dies

in shootout

Mexico's Navy said it has strong indications that Zetas drug cartel leader, Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as 'El Lazca', was killed in a shootout in the state of Coahuila.

Lazcano Lazcano is presumed to be the founder of the Zetas cartel.

The Navy said it has early forensic indications that one of the two people killed in the confrontation is Lazcano Lazcano.