Wednesday 22 November 2017

Bomb call-outs at 30-year high

Irish Army bomb experts have experienced their highest number of call-outs for more than three decades.

In the latest call, they have made an improvised explosive device safe in Dublin.

The Defence Forces team was called to a home on Kilcronan Avenue, Clondalkin, at around 2pm on Saturday.

The device, described as viable, was made safe without any need for an explosion.

"The device has been removed to a military installation for further examination, following which it will be handed over to the gardai," a Defence Forces spokesman said. The incident marked the 236th call-out for the Defence Forces bomb disposal experts this year. The past year was the highest annual number of call-outs for the bomb disposal teams since 1979.

Ranger killed in US parkland

A RANGER in a US park was shot and killed following a New Year's Day traffic stop.

Dozens of officers are now searching the Mount Rainier National Park in Washington for suspected gunman Benjamin Colton Barnes, who is believed to have survivalist skills.

A parks spokesman said Barnes was an Iraq war veteran. His vehicle had been found with weapons and body armour inside, he said.

Barnes is also a suspect in the early morning shooting yesterday of four people at a house party in Seattle.

Police kill drug trafficking boss

COLOMBIAN police have killed the leader of a major drug trafficking ring.

Police said Juan de Dios Usuga died in a fight with police in Choco state.

National Police Deputy Director General Jose Leon said Usuga led the gang Los Urabenos and had formerly been a right-wing paramilitary fighter. He said Usuga was wanted for involvement in killings and other crimes.

Cruise's Mission tops box office

TOM Cruise's new mission remains impossible to beat at the US box office.

Studio estimates placed Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol in the top spot for the second-straight weekend with $31.3m (¤24.1m).

With a $134.1m (¤103m) domestic total, it's Cruise's first $100m hit since 2006's Mission: Impossible III.

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