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Man faces trial on raid charge

A MAN accused of producing a screwdriver during an attempted robbery faces trial.

Liam Lynch (27) is facing trial in the Circuit Court.

Lynch, of Ard Na Carraig, Edenderry, Co Offaly, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with the attempted robbery of a man at the Esso service station in Clondalkin on May 19, 2011.

He is also charged with producing a screwdriver during the course of a dispute and with stealing €20 worth of diesel. He is further charged with using a 1993-registered car without the consent of its owner during the same incident at the Esso garage.

Three killed in torrential rain

three people died after torrential rain flooded several towns in eastern Australia.

Downtown businesses in the Queensland state capital Brisbane were inundated while 1,200 properties were flooded by record-high waters in Bundaberg.

Helicopters were used to rescue 18 people from the roofs of their homes.

The heavy rain was caused by the remnants of a tropical cyclone that hit the country last week.

Calls to release pastor in Iran

An American pastor who has been detained in Iran since September has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

US State Department spokesman Darby Holladay said they are calling on Iran to respect Saeed Abedini's human rights and release him.

Mr Abedini's lawyer, Nasser Sarbazi was quoted as saying his client stood trial in the Revolutionary Court on charges of attempting to undermine state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes.

The pastor, who is of Iranian origin but lives in Boise, Idaho, has rejected the charges.

Subway sorry for short ration

Subway has apologised that its Footlong sandwiches fell short of expectations.

The world's largest fast-food chain faced widespread criticism last week after a man posted a photo online showing a Footlong next to a tape measure that showed it to be just 11 inches.

Subway said that it's redoubling efforts to "ensure consistency and correct length" in all its sandwiches.