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In brief: Jail for military jeep hijacker

A MAN who was part of a gang that hijacked a military vehicle has been sentenced to three years in prison with the final two suspended.

Joseph Haide (25), of De Selby Rise, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to taking a vehicle by force or threat near Kilbride Army Camp in Wicklow on April 17, 2010.

He also admitted to a charge of allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle.

The court heard that Haide and four friends stopped Quartermaster Sergeant Patrick Kelly in the army jeep.

They asked him for a lift and when he refused they threatened him with a bottle.

The gang then drove off and rammed a garda car in the ensuing chase.

Haide told the court he had regretted his involvement, describing it as the "biggest mistake of my life".



China bus crash kills 35 people

A BUS has collided with a car in northern China, killing 35 people and injuring 18 others.

The official news agency said the bus flipped over after crashing into a car in the port city of Tianjin.

A Tianjin traffic official said the bus was speeding and that many passengers were thrown out of the vehicle when it hit the car and rolled over.

Serious traffic accidents are common in China due to unsafe vehicles and poorly trained drivers who often ignore traffic laws.



€117m lottery win in the UK

A UK ticket-holder has scooped an estimated €117m after winning the massive EuroMillions jackpot.

It is not yet known if the jackpot has been won by a single ticket-holder or a syndicate or group.

The biggest-ever EuroMillions prize was a €187m jackpot won by Colin and Chris Weir, from Scotland, earlier this year.

A UK National Lottery spokeswoman said: "This is the third biggest winner the UK has ever seen and follows hot on the heels of the Weirs who banked an incredible €187m in July.

"We've got the champagne on ice and look forward to welcoming the ticket-holder into the National Lottery millionaires' club."

An individual winner would become ¤1m richer than rock 'n' roll music legend David Bowie.