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Sunday 23 November 2014

In Brief: Prison for €50k drug-mule mum

A MOTHER-of-two who internally transported cocaine valued at over €50,000 to get money to support her children has been jailed for two and a half years.

Maria Ester Coupi Antelo (25) of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Dublin Airport on June 10, 2012. The Bolivian has been in custody since her arrest.

The court heard that Antelo was travelling from San Paulo and arrested after giving a urine sample. She later passed 91 pellets containing three quarters of a kilo of cocaine valued at €52,814.

Luigi Rea, defending, said Antelo succumbed to temptation when offered money to transport the drugs.



Police killed in van bomb blast

A bomb blast ripped through a police van as it was patrolling in northwestern Pakistan, killing two officers and wounding two others.

A senior police officer said it was unclear if today's blast on the outskirts of Peshawar was caused by a roadside bomb or a suicide bomber.

Peshawar is on the edge of Pakistan's tribal region, the main sanctuary for Islamist militants in the country.



Hymn book set to fetch $17m

Members of one of America's oldest churches have voted to auction off a 372-year-old hymn book that's expected to fetch $10m to $20m (€7.6m to €15.3m) at auction.

The Old South Church in Boston authorised the sale of one of its two copies of the Bay Psalm Book, which was published in 1640. It is among the first books ever published in North America, and only 11 copies remain.



TV magician's head set alight

An American magician is recuperating in the Dominican Republic after a local television show host set his head on fire with a flammable cologne.

California-native Wayne Houchin is receiving treatment for burns after Closer To The Stars presenter Franklin Barazarte doused his head with Agua de Florida. It was unclear what ignited the liquid.

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