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WWII grenade found in home

A Second World War grenade was found during house renovations, it has emerged.

The Defence Forces sent a bomb disposal team to the home in Patrick's Avenue, Portarlington, Co Laois, today after local gardai raised the alarm.

The grenade was removed from the house and will be destroyed later.

Garda struck in face by teen

A "HYSTERICAL" teenager, who attacked a garda because he was angered that his home was repeatedly searched, has been ordered to pay €200 compensation.

The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Children's Court yesterday to assaulting Garda Seamus Dolan,on October 17 last year, in Raheny, in Dublin.

Garda Dolan said he was driving his patrol car when the teen, whose father was present, waved and flagged him down. He opened the window and the boy then hit him on the side of his face.

The judge adjourned sentencing the teen, who is on bail, for two weeks.

Editor sacked

for cleric tweet

CNN has sacked an editor responsible for Middle Eastern coverage after she posted a note on Twitter expressing admiration for a late Lebanese cleric considered an inspiration for the Hezbollah militant movement.

Octavia Nasr, who had worked at CNN for 20 years, later apologised for her tweet, in which said she was sad to hear of the death of the anti-American Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, calling him "one of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot".

Mexico loser will run again

The left-wing politician who narrowly lost Mexico's last presidential election says he will run again in 2012.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador cried fraud after he lost the 2006 presidential race to conservative Felipe Calderon and still refuses to recognise him as president.

Mr Lopez Obrador was the candidate of the Democratic Revolution Party last time, but he reportedly said that he would seek the support of a smaller left-wing party for his next run.