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Saturday 16 December 2017

Anglo loan trial date is set

The trial of two former Anglo executives over an alleged fraudulent loan of over €8 million will start in January 2017.

Former finance director William McAteer (64) is accused of fraudulently obtaining a loan from Anglo Irish Bank to pay off a personal loan with Bank of Ireland in September 2008.

Mr Pat Whelan (52), former director of lending at Anglo, is accused of being a party to the same loan.

Yesterday Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Mr McAteer, from Greenrath, Tipperary Road, Tipperary and Mr Whelan, from Coast Road, Malahide, Co Dublin intend to plead not guilty to the charges.

Gunman shot dead by police

Police in Texas have shot dead a man who opened fire at several city centre buildings and might have had explosives.

Authorities received emergency calls about shots fired at buildings in the city centre, and Mr Munguia said bullets also struck the city police headquarters.

He added that an officer who was outside the police HQ saw the suspect, who was wearing some type of vest, and shot him. The man's vehicle was parked nearby.

Two die after rocket attack

At least two people including a 12-year-old boy have been killed in a rocket attack that left a hospital badly damaged in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

The mayor's office in the rebel-held city said a 12-year old boy and a 55-year old woman died in the attack as fighting rages between government forces and Russian-backed separatist rebels.

1D break US chart records

Boy band One Direction became the only group to score four consecutive No 1 debuts on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart ousting Taylor Swift from her chart-topping reign.

One Direction's latest album, Four, sold 387,000 copies in its first week.

Only six acts have reached the top of the chart with their first four studio releases: One Direction, Beyonce, DMX, the Kingston Trio, the Monkees and Britney Spears.

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