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Monday 19 March 2018

Israel seizes Gaza arms shipment

Israel said yesterday it seized a cargo ship loaded with weapons sent by Iran to Palestinian militants in Gaza, including sophisticated land-to-sea missiles that officials said could change the balance of power in the area.

The takeover in the Mediterranean Sea was the latest in a series of Israeli naval raids meant to counter the growing influence of Iran, which Israel accuses of supplying rockets and other arms to Israel's bitterest enemies.

Middletons sell royal quiz cards

The mail order company run by the parents of royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton have launched a set of 'Britannia' trivia scratch cards featuring references to the monarchy.

The move will leave Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, open to accusations that they are taking advantage of their daughter's wedding to Prince William on April 29.

Bob Dylan to play show in Vietnam

American singer Bob Dylan, who became famous for his anti-war songs during the Vietnam War, is to perform in the country for the first time.

Promoter Rod Quinton said Dylan will sing at an 8,000-capacity university stadium in Ho Chi Minh City. Mr Quinton said organisers are expecting the concert on April 10 to sell out to a mixed crowd of Vietnamese and foreigners of all ages. General admission tickets are priced at €30.50, slightly higher than Vietnam's monthly minimum wage.

'Bloodsucker' stabs roommate

A man has been sentenced to three years' probation for stabbing a man who refused to let him suck his blood.

Aaron Homer (24) pleaded guilty to aggravated assault at a court in Phoenix in the US. Robert Maley (25) once let Homer, his roommate suck his blood. But when Mr Maley refused a second time he was stabbed.

Pepsi unveils new plant-based bottle

Pepsi has unveiled its latest weapon in its never-ending corporate war with Coca Cola -- a bottle made entirely of plant material.

The bottle is made from materials including switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. Pepsi hopes to use orange peel, oat husks, potato scraps and other leftovers from its food business.

Irish Independent

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