Thursday 17 January 2019

Higgins to open housing estate

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins and Lord Mayor Christy Burke will be on hand this morning to officially open a development of 75 new Dublin City Council Homes in Inchicore.

The €16.9m local authority development, Thornton Heights, is part of the regeneration of St Michael's Estate.

Covering two acres of a 14-acre site, Thornton Heights is a 75-unit mixed apartment and housing development.

Luton Airport open after scare

Luton Airport re-opened after police carried out a controlled explosion of a suspicious item which forced the airport to be evacuated last night.

All flights to the airport, 35 miles north of London, the country's sixth biggest, were suspended and roads leading to the airport were closed after concerns were raised about the item when it went through the a security search.

Bomb disposal experts were called in and a controlled explosion was carried out.

Quake-death miners buried

Families and friends have buried five Bosnian miners whose bodies were recovered from a coal mine pit that collapsed last week when a 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit the central town of Zenica.

The earthquake caused a build up of methane gas that led to an explosion, which collapsed the mine and trapped 34 miners about 500 meters below the surface on Thursday evening.

On Friday, 29 survivors were rescued but the bodies of the five victims were pulled out over the weekend.

Bieber assault charge dropped

An assault charge against popstar Justin Bieber was withdrawn in a Toronto court after the prosecutor said there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.

Bieber had been charged in January with the assault of a limousine driver in Toronto in December.

The driver told police that he had picked up six people, including Bieber, outside a nightclub and that the singer had struck him on the back of the head several times during an altercation on the way to a hotel.

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