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Appeal boosts blood supplies

The country's blood supply is at its best for some time after a national appeal.

Due to the severe weather, clinics were cancelled in Kildare, Clare, Tipperary and Limerick, while nationwide the Irish Blood Transfusion Service saw attendances drop by between 20 and 25pc.

However within an hour of the national appeal, traffic to www.giveblood.ie went up to almost 7,000 visitors from an average of 200 visitors a day.

Attendances to clinics is now up an average of 32pc.



India flights in al-Qa'ida alert

India issued a terror alert at its airports today after receiving reports that al-Qa'ida-linked militants were plotting to hijack a plane.

Airport security has been heightened and passengers were subjected to extra security checks.

Indian media reported that the plot was targeting an Air India or Indian Airlines flight destined for a neighbouring South Asian country.



Ecstasy case boy remanded

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy accused of possessing 251 ecstasy tablets for sale or supply at his west Dublin home has been remanded on bail.

Judge Clare Leonard heard at the Dublin Children's Court that gardai obtained a search warrant and recovered 251 tablets at the boy's home on a date in November, 2008, when the boy was 15.

Judge Leonard remanded the boy on bail to appear again in March when the defence will make its submissions pleading for the case to be kept in the Children's Court's jurisdiction.



Groper tests Becks for size

England soccer star David Beckham was reported as "surprised" when a female Italian TV presenter made a grab between his legs, his spokesman said today.

The stunt was apparently to "test" whether the 34-year-old former Manchester United player measured up to his photo in Armani advertisements, in which he wears close-fitting underwear.

Beckham looked shaken and backed away at once after being touched by the blonde-haired reporter, a star of the satirical show Le Iene (The Hyenas).