Blazes in city pub and office
A PUB and an office were extensively damaged by two separate fires in Dublin.
The Sheaf O Wheat pub in Coolock on the city's northside was badly damaged when fire broke out.
Three units of Dublin Fire Brigade were dispatched to bring the blaze under control.
In a separate incident, fire broke out on the 4th floor of a building on Ormond Quay in the city centre.
The premises was evacuated and fire fighters with breathing apparatus had to battle their way up the stairs to deal with the blaze.
Four units of the brigade finally brought it under control and put the fire out. They managed to confine the damage to two rooms on the fourth floor of the building.
No-one was injured in either incident.
Body of man (55) in canal
THE body of a 55-year-old man has been recovered from Dublin's Royal Canal.
Fire officers took the body from the water at Cross Gun's bridge yesterday.
It is understood the body may have been in the water for some time.
A garda spokesperson said the incident was a "personal tragedy".
Torch relay teen missing
AN Ethiopian teenager has gone missing after taking part in the Olympic torch relay.
Natnael Yemane (15), a torchbearer on Thursday's stretch of the route, has not been seen since leaving his hotel on Thursday night.
A Nottinghamshire police spokeswoman said: "We are concerned for Natnael as he does not speak very good English and is not thought to be street-wise. He does have family in London, but we need to find him and make sure he is safe and well."
US metal singer held over death
THE frontman of US death metal band Lamb of God has been arrested in the Czech capital in connection with the death of a fan in 2010.
Police spokeswoman Jana Rosslerova says singer Randy Blythe was arrested on Wednesday, accused of causing bodily harm resulting in death.
Local media say the incident took place during the band's first gig in Prague in 2010.