Saturday 19 January 2019

Jury to retire in shooting trial

The jury was set to retire today to begin their deliberations in the trial of a Wicklow man accused of fatally shooting a 27-year-old father of two in front of his partner and young son.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy delivered a lengthy charge yesterday, following 17 days of evidence in the trial of Garrett O'Brien, at the Central Criminal Court.

O'Brien (34) of Clover Hill, Bray, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Seamus 'Shay' O'Byrne at his home in Tymon Park North, Tallaght, on March 13, 2009.

He has also pleaded not guilty to a second charge of possessing a firearm.

Agent Orange clean-up by US

Vietnam is joining with former enemy the US to clean up environmental damage from Agent Orange.

The project concentrates on spots where the defoliant was stored by Americans during the Vietnam War..

A statement today by the US Embassy says Vietnam's Ministry of Defence will also begin sweeping areas near Danang airport for unexploded ordinance.

Dioxin, a chemical used in the herbicide Agent Orange, has been linked to cancers and birth defects.

Four dead after Israeli gas blast

Police say a large explosion that killed four and wounded dozens in the Israeli city of Netanya was caused by a gas leak.

The explosion gutted a large apartment building and blew out windows on a busy thoroughfare. Local police commander Shimon Shomroni says the blast was an accident.

Shomroni told Army Radio that investigators are looking into the cause and are questioning a technician who checked the gas canisters at the building yesterday.

Saudi women 'defy drive ban'

Activists urging women in Saudi Arabia to defy a ban on driving say some have taken to the road in a challenge against the restrictions.

A protest organiser, Benjamin Joffe-Walt, said Saudi women drove around the capital Riyadh before dawn today without incident.

The campaign follows the nine-day detention last month of a Saudi woman after she posted a video of her driving.

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