Sunday 19 November 2017

Grenade found at apartments

A 'viable' grenade was made safe by an Army Bomb Disposal Team in Dublin.

The bomb team was called after the grenade and explosive components were found in an outbuilding of an apartment block in Drumcondra.

Gardai called in the team when the explosives stash and replica weapons were discovered at the Distillery Loft Apartments complex, on Distillery Road, yesterday afternoon.

The replica weapons were given to gardai and the explosive components and grenade were taken to a military installation for forensic examination. The items will be handed over to gardai. The scene was declared safe at 6pm.

Clinton heads for Europe tour

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make a short trip to Europe next week, making her sixth visit to Germany and first to Bulgaria as America's top diplomat.

The US State Department said Ms Clinton will go to Munich on February 3 to participate in the annual Munich Security Conference and meet various other foreign ministers and senior officials who are attending.

She will then travel to Sofia the next day for discussions with Bulgarian leaders on their role in Afghanistan and lessons their democratic transition could provide to the Arab world.

Crash brings down airline

Officials in Spain say struggling airline Spanair will cease operations because a regional government can no longer supply it with funds.

Spanair's financial woes were exacerbated by a 2008 crash that killed 154 people.

Eighteen people survived what was Spain's worst aviation disaster in 25 years.

Peter, Paul and Mary star dies

Dick Kniss, a bassist who performed for five decades with Peter, Paul and Mary and co-wrote the John Denver hit Sunshine On My Shoulders, has died at the age of 74.

Diane Kniss says her husband died of pulmonary disease at a hospital near their home in the Hudson Valley town of Saugerties, New York.

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