Sunday 17 December 2017

Drug dealer (17) held in custody

A 17-YEAR-OLD drug dealer, who sold crack cocaine to undercover gardai, was remanded in custody pending sentence.

The teenager had been arrested following a sting operation by the Garda National Drugs Bureau, which targeted street drug dealers in Dublin city's south side.

He pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to possessing crack cocaine for sale or supply, at the Crumlin Road, on March 23 and April 6 last.

Pakistani troops 'break' Taliban

A seven-month Pakistani offensive has broken the back of the Taliban in the Orakzai tribal region, commanders say.

But they warned that it did not mean Pakistani troops could now move into lawless North Waziristan -- an offensive the US says is crucial for the war in Afghanistan.

Many critics suspect the country is dragging its feet for strategic reasons, but Pakistani officials say a new front would strain the army.

Nuclear missile base IT failure

A computer failure caused a break in communication with 50 nuclear missiles at Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, the US military said.

Officials said the break happened on Saturday and lasted about 45 minutes. The White House was briefed about the failure days later. There was no evidence of foul play and the air force never lost the ability to launch the missiles, the officials said.

The computer failure appeared to be linked to problem with an underground communications cable.

White iPhone4 delayed again

Apple says the elusive white iPhone 4 will remain out of reach until spring.

Apple's own Apple Store iPhone app lets people reserve products to pick up at local Apple stores. Bloggers had posted screen shots of the app appearing to offer the option to reserve a white iPhone 4, but by late afternoon that option was no longer available.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said the company was sorry to disappoint customers with another delay. She did not give reasons.

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