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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Man who held cannabis jailed

a man who held more than €27,000 worth of cannabis to pay off a debt he had run up from abusing heroin has been sentenced to five years.

James Butler (33), of Sundale Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin, now living in Glenshane Close, also in Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having 1.3kg of the drug at his home on April 3, 2013. He has 27 previous convictions.

Butler told gardai that he had given up heroin, "banged all that on the head", just before Christmas that year but he owed "a couple of grand for his addiction".

Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a five-year sentence with two-and-a-half years suspended.

Polish to get WW2 pay day

The German parliament's upper house has approved legislation that will allow pension payments to residents of Poland who were forced to work for the Nazis in ghettos when their country was occupied during World War II.

The law amends a 1975 agreement between Germany and Poland under which the country of residence was responsible for all pension payments.

Germany committed last year to some €460m in pensions to some 40,000 Holocaust survivors.

'Extinct' bird not as dead as Dodo

Scientists said a tiny bird long thought to be extinct has been rediscovered in Myanmar's grasslands, but its fragmented habitat is threatened by human encroachment.

The Jerdon's babbler was first discovered in the 1860s but had not been reported in 74 years.

A team of scientists found the brown, sparrow-sized bird last May after playing a recording of its unique song and getting an answer.

In the following 48 hours they found several others.

No Faith in new Bond score

If you were wondering who will sing the next James Bond theme tune, you can rule out Paloma Faith.

The Brit Award-winning star said she had already "found out" that she will not follow in Adele's footsteps and now thinks she will "never" get the gig.

There have been a number of big names linked with the track for Spectre.

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