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Hoax bomb call sentence

A 22-YEAR-OLD woman who made a hoax call claiming a bomb had been planted in a Dublin 4 hotel after she had a row with her boyfriend will be sentenced in September.

Sinead King of Tyrconnell Road, Dublin, had pleaded guilty to making a false report causing apprehension for safety of people, at the Mespil Hotel, in the city's south-side on January 1, 2011.

Dublin District Court heard she made the hoax call after an argument with her boyfriend, who works at the hotel.

Yesterday a medical report on King was furnished to Judge Cormac Dunne, who said a custodial sentence was in the court's mind.



Final 30 days for UN force

The UN Security Council has approved extending the 300-strong UN observer force in Syria for a final 30 days, while leaving open the possibility of an extension.

Russia said it would veto the original British draft, but joined the 14 other council members in supporting a revised UK text.

It would end the observer mission in 30 days, but renew it if Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council confirm that the level of violence in Syria is reduced.



Refugee camp blaze kills five

At least five people were killed when an mob attacked and set ablaze a refugee camp in Ivory Coast.

The UN refugee agency said about 90pc of the Nahibly camp, which sheltered 4,500 people, was burnt down in the attack near the western town of Duekoue.

The UNHCR camp housed people displaced by the violence that erupted after the West African nation's disputed November 2010 election.



Baby's brain outside head

A South African doctor says a baby boy born with his brain outside his head is unlikely to survive.

Dr Lizzy Tabane, the boy's paediatrician, said that nothing can be done to save him from the condition known as anencephaly.

She said: "It's a condition not compatible with life," but the parents are hopeful.

Dr Tabane said the main causes of the condition are vitamin and folic acid deficiencies in pregnancy.