Wednesday 22 November 2017

Church arson case delayed

A 48-YEAR-OLD man charged with an arson attack on a historic Dublin church was unable to attend his court case because he is being held in in a psychiatric hospital.

Patrick Currie, of no fixed abode, was due before a court in Dublin in connection with a fire which gutted St Catherine's Church, Meath Street, in the Liberties, on January 2.

Currie has not indicated how he intends to plead.

Garda Brian Hawkins said a file was with the Director of Public Prosecutions before he consented to a defence request for a two-week adjournment.

Man denies bid to kill Obama

A man accused of firing shots at the White House has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to assassinate US President Barack Obama.

A lawyer for Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez entered the plea on his client's behalf during a brief appearance in the US District Court in Washington. Ortega did not say anything during the proceedings and will remain held without bond.

He has another court date next month. Prosecutors say Ortega used an assault rifle to fire a series of shots at the White House from long range on the night of November 11.

Gaddafi army

fights back

Muammar Gaddafi loyalists have seized control of a Libyan mountain city in the most serious challenge to the central government since the leader's fall.

The taking of Bani Walid, one of the last Gaddafi strongholds captured by the new leadership late last year, was the first such organised operation by armed remnants of Gaddafi's regime.

A simultaneous outbreak of shootings in Libya's second largest city Benghazi raised authorities' concerns that other networks of loyalists are active.

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