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Youth held over drug dealing

A DUBLIN youth has been remanded in custody when a judge heard that he was caught dealing crack cocaine, after he was spared custodial sentences for earlier drugs offences.

Judge Clare Leonard was told at the Children's Court that the then 17-year-old was found in a car at Swan's Nest Road, in Kilbarrack, Dublin.

The youth, now aged 18, was found in possession of €200 worth of crack cocaine.

Judge Leonard remanded him in custody pending his sentence hearing next week.

He pleaded guilty to having the drug for sale or supply to another, on April 22 last.

Fat pets put at risk by owners

Podgy pets are being put at risk by owners feeding them junk food, according to a leading animal charity.

Pet cats, dogs and rabbits are being given "treats" of takeaways, crisps, cheese and cakes on a daily basis which are a diet disaster for the animals, according to a survey by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals in the UK. "Many owners may think that their favourite treats are harmless to pets. This is not the case," a spokeswoman said.

Woman hurt in pig attack

A 71-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being attacked by a herd of hungry pigs on her farm, Macedonian state television reported.

It said the woman from a village near the southern city of Bitola was being treated for a broken jaw, a broken left arm and an injured shinbone.

A TV report said the woman was attacked by about 50 pigs who had apparently not been fed for days when she went inside the pen to catch a piglet for slaughter.

Fears Gaddafi in return bid

Ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to be recruiting fighters from other African countries and preparing for a possible insurgency, hoping to destabilise Libya's new regime, the nation's acting prime minister said.

The comments by Mahmoud Jibril reflected fears that Gaddafi will be able to use friendly relations with neighbouring countries to help him launch a bid to return to power.