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Yates awarded his legal costs

FORMER Fine Gael minister and broadcaster Ivan Yates has been awarded his legal costs of his successful application in having AIB's bid to have him declared bankrupt dismissed by the High Court.

In a judgment last August, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne found that a bankruptcy summons issued by the bank against Mr Yates, arising out of his alleged failure to satisfy a demand by AIB for payment of €3.69m, could be struck out.

The judge said Mr Yates, who she had found was entitled to challenge the validity of the summons, had raised "real and substantive issues," in respect of the amount sought by AIB.

Terror suspects face NY court

An Egyptian-born preacher and two men brought from England to New York to face terrorism charges were due back in court today.

Abu Hamza al-Masri was to appear in federal court in Manhattan, three days after complaining that US authorities had taken away a prosthetic hook used in place of missing hands.

He will enter a plea to charges that he conspired with Seattle men to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and helped abduct 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998. Two others will face the trial judge overseeing the case in a plot to blow up US embassies in Africa.

Brain-eating bug kills 10

A brain-eating amoeba has killed at least 10 people in the Pakistan city of Karachi since May, says the World Health Organisation.

Naegleria fowleri has a fatality rate of more than 98pc and is transmitted when contaminated water enters the body through the nose and cannot be passed person-to-person.

The amoeba travels from the nasal membranes to the brain.

OAPs bought cannabis plant

An elderly couple innocently bought a shrub from a car boot sale -- and ended up growing the biggest cannabis plant police had ever seen.

The pensioners, from Bedford, England, planted the drug in their garden, unaware that what they were growing was illegal.

The cannabis plant will now be collected and disposed of.