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Man accused of garage raid

THE State has been given more time to prosecute a man charged with a robbery at a south Dublin petrol station.

Damien Verhoeven (35) was remanded on continuing bail after Dun Laoghaire District Court court heard the DPP's directions were not available yet in his case.

The accused, of Ashawn Park, Ballybrack, is charged with robbing a man on €415 in cash at On The Run Esso Garage, N11, Cabinteely on May 25 last.

Judge Clare Leonard said she did not think a further adjournment was unreasonable but made the case peremptory against the State, meaning it could be struck out if directions are not ready on the next date.

Egypt to lift

Gaza blockade

Cairo airport officials say Egypt is allowing Palestinians free entry into the country, ending part of a five-year blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The decision means Palestinians can freely leave Gaza. It also applies to Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Gaza is ruled by Hamas, a branch of new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

The blockade was imposed after Hamas took control of Gaza by force in 2007.