Wednesday 13 December 2017

Man denies €2k damage to door

A DUBLIN man who has denied causing €2,772 worth of damage to the front door of his ex-girlfriend's house after a row has said he wants a detailed estimate of the alleged damage.

Mark Barton (35), of Cherry-wood Grove, Clondalkin, is alleged to have kicked in the front door of the house in Tallaght. As part of his bail conditions, Barton must stay away from his ex-girlfriend.

His solicitor has queried the value of the damage but has been unable to independently assess it. The case was adjourned to a date in March for a detailed invoice on the cost of repairing or replacing the door.

5,000 new leprosy cases

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the battle against the age-old scourge of leprosy is far from over.

It says 5,000 new cases are reported yearly in the Western Pacific, where the disease was declared eliminated in 1991.

The Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Kiribati are three of 37 countries in the region that have failed to meet the target of lowering cases to less than one per 10,000 people -- the health body's definition of leprosy elimination.

Iraqis embrace Valentine's Day

Iraq's capital is embracing Valentine's Day this year with a huge public display of affection in what its residents say is the nation's most amorous celebration of the holiday ever.

Street corners across Baghdad are blanketed with the synthetic red fur of teddy bears, while silken nighties and lip-shaped satin pillows hang in store fronts.

It's a vivid counterpoint to a place that's still a far cry from warm and fuzzy -- with bombings remaining a fact of life since the withdrawal of US forces two months ago.

Turkish jets hit 'terror hideout'

Turkish jets bombed two Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, targets in an evening operation, the military said.

The warplanes struck a hide-out and a cave on Saturday. The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and EU, has its command centre in the Kandil Mountains of Iraq, just south of the Turkish border.

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