Knife charge after family row
A garda allegedly slapped a kitchen knife out of a man's hand after he produced it in the garden of his family home following an argument with his brother, a court heard.
Eric McCormack (41) was allegedly leaving after the dispute when he pulled the knife from his pants.
A judge adjourned the matter for six weeks.
The defendant appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with possession of a kitchen knife. Gardai had been called to the alleged incident at Meadowlands Park, Mounttown, Dun Laoghaire on January 30 last.
Now Oz fights forest wildfires
A wildfire that tore across the outskirts of an Australian city destroyed at least 41 homes and damaged another 19.
One firefighter was injured and several people were treated for smoke inhalation. Firefighters were close to stopping the spread of that wildfire today and another that broke out over the weekend in 4,000 acres of forested land to the north and south east of Perth.
Further north, in the Swan Valley district, some 150 firefighters using water-bombing helicopters and trucks had contained another fire by early today.
US hikers on spy trial in Iran
The trial of three Americans accused of spying has begun in an Iranian court, following an 18-month detention.
All three - two in person and one absent - entered not guilty pleas during the five-hour hearing before Tehran Revolutionary Court,.
Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Mr Bauer's fiancee Sarah Shourd claim they were hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region in July 2009 when they were detained along the Iran border.
Choc's better than fruit juice
Chocolate contains more healthy plant compounds, gramme-for-gramme, than fruit juice, a study has found.
Scientists compared cocoa powder, the raw ingredient of chocolate, and powders made from fruit.
Cocoa had a greater content of flavanols, health-giving plant chemicals, and more antioxidants.
But hot chocolate contained few healthy ingredients due to processing.