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In brief: Barking dogs can land owner in jail

If you live in Italy and if the barking of your dogs keeps the neighbours up at night, it's you who might wind up caged -- in a jail cell.

The top appeals court sentenced four people in Sicily to two months in jail because they refused to keep their 10 dogs quiet at night.

Extended time for jail 'Facebookers'

Prisoners in the US state of South Carolina caught with mobile phones can face solitary confinement and loss of visitation privileges.

But those caught updating their status on their Facebook page might soon be looking at 30 extra days behind bars -- and a $500 (€370) fine.

Smuggling game stirs controversy

AN iPad app that makes a game of the perils of sneaking across the US-Mexico border has sparked controversy among rights activists.

In 'Smuggle Truck', a truck bounces along a cartoon desert highway, shedding people as it hits bumps and hops over creeks and canyons.

Stark bankrupted over hotel bill

KoO Stark -- a one-time girlfriend of Britain's Prince Andrew -- has been made bankrupt.

The 54-year-old single mother was present at a court hearing in London when the order was made in relation to an unpaid hotel bill of £38,680 (€45,000).

Irish Independent