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Fire bomber avoids jail

A Dublin man who threw two petrol bombs at his neighbour's home while suffering from delusions has received a three year suspended sentence.

Andrew Brett (38) of Kilworth Road, Drimnagh pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to damaging a property by fire on January 1, 2013. He has no previous convictions.

There was nobody in the house at the time of the attack. Brett was later involuntarily admitted to the psychiatric ward of St James's Hospital.

Crash debris 35 miles from site

A probe to discover what caused the doomed Virgin Galactic test flight to crash could take up to a year, the lead investigator has said.

Christopher Hart, who is spearheading the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) investigation, said the recovery mission was still under way, with small parts of the SpaceShipTwo found 35 miles from the crash site. Co-pilot Michael Alsbury (39) died when the aircraft crashed in the Mojave Desert in California on Friday.

Ebola rules are broken for food

Thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them, aid agencies said.

Large swaths of the West African country have been sealed off to prevent the spread of Ebola, and within those areas many people have been ordered to stay in their homes. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed nearly 5,000 people

Globe brings Bard to the web

The Bard could be set to reach a new audience thanks to digital technology, with Shakespeare's Globe releasing its plays on-demand.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors head to the Globe, the replica of Shakespeare's theatre on the south bank of the River Thames, to see the dramatist's plays performed in the open air. Now viewers will be able to watch more than 50 Shakespeare productions either from the comfort of their living room on a desktop computer, or on a mobile or tablet while on the move.