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Monday 21 January 2019

Man fights US extradition

Extradition proceedings against a man wanted to face international terrorism charges in the United States continued at the High Court in Dublin.

Ali Charaf Damache (49), an Algerian-born Irish citizen who has been living here for a decade, is wanted in the United States to face charges relating to the conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.

Damache had twice sought judicial review of the DPP's decision not to prosecute him in Ireland for the offences, but both applications were refused by the High Court.

Albarn tipped to win Mercury

Damon Albarn's solo debut and chart-topping duo Royal Blood head the shortlist as favourites for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

The acts are among 12 in the running for the high-profile award which this year has largely shunned mainstream names, instead including acts such as FKA twigs, GoGo Penguin and the acclaimed poet Kate Tempest.

Eight held on sex charges

Eight men have been arrested in connection with human trafficking and sexual exploitation, police said.

An investigation was launched last month in Bristol after two women, aged 18 and 21, reported incidents of sexual exploitation committed against them.

The women also gave details surrounding the arrangement of forced marriages. As a result of police enquiries, six warrants were carried out at four addresses in Bristol and two in the Hockley area of Birmingham.

'Zombie' attack woman charged

A woman has been arrested after breaking into a house, pushing a woman down the stairs, pulling her hair, biting her on the face and telling her she was playing "the zombie game."

Jessica Rocha (27) was arrested while claiming she was playing a "zombie game," Montana police said. Sergeant Kelley Andrews of Coos County added that she was charged with criminal mischief, assault, unlawful entry, harassment and attempted burglary.

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