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Monday 17 December 2018

Boy had stash of stolen goods

A YOUTH has admitted possessing thousands of euro worth of stolen goods taken during a spate of burglaries in Dublin and Co Kildare.

The 17-year-old has been charged at Children's Court with possessing two 32-inch flat screen TV sets, a set of keys for a Volvo car, a camcorder, a Nintendo WII console with accessories and four games, and four laptops, at his west Dublin home.

Judge Clare Leonard remanded him on bail for sentencing in October to allow time for a probation report to be furnished to the court.

Golden Eye goes for €2m

A huge yellow diamond known as the Golden Eye and seized in an Ohio money laundering investigation has been auctioned off for $2.8m. (€2m)

The winning bidder was not immediately disclosed after the sale.

The US Marshals Service said the winning bid must be checked out.

The 43.51-carat diamond belonged to a north eastern Ohio businessman who was convicted of money laundering and conspiracy.

Prosecutors say he tried to sell the gem and an estate once owned by boxer Mike Tyson to an undercover FBI agent for $19.5m and a boat.

The diamond was forfeited to the US government.

Six killed in firework blast

Six people have been killed and 13 injured after fireworks stored illegally in a Venezuelan home exploded.

Mayor Alcides Goitia in the north western state of Falcon said the victims include a 13-year-old boy.

He said the blast destroyed three homes and damaged other houses.

It is unclear what set off the explosion.

Oprah a big hit on Facebook

Oprah Winfrey got plenty of 'likes' on Facebook from fans who tuned in to watch a live online chat with the social networking site.

Winfrey gave a one-hour interview to Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg at the company's headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

It took place in front of Facebook employees who cheered and took photos when she walked out.

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