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Man held on US terror charge

a man whose extradition is sought by the US on terrorism charges has been further remanded in custody at the High Court. The US is seeking the extradition Ali Charaf Damache (50), an Algerian-born Irish citizen.

Mr Damache, previously with an address in Waterford, is wanted by US authorities in connection with an alleged conspiracy to provide support to terrorists.

If convicted in the US he could face up to 45 years in jail, a term his lawyers previously said would be "a lot more" than could be imposed here.

58 die as truck and bus collide

Fifty-eight people have been killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on a highway in southern Pakistan, police said.

The crash ignited a fuel fire and a rescuer later told how he carried out a survivor, a four-year-old girl, from the burning bus.

The bus, carrying about 70 people, had left the Swat Valley and was en route to the southern port city of Karachi when the accident happened near Khairpur district in Sindh province, said police official Ghulam Jhokhio.

He said the bus quickly caught fire after its fuel tank exploded. Fifteen people were injured and in hospital, several of them in a critical condition, he added.

Streep to get freedom medal

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and TV journalist Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama has announced.

The performers and former NBC anchor will join 16 others at the White House on November 24 for a ceremony marking their achievements.

The medal is the highest honour granted to civilians in the US and honours contributions to security, world peace and culture.

$10m poker prize a big deal

The betting and poker chip shuffling has begun as the "November Nine" sit around a table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas playing no-limit Texas Hold 'em, each vying for the World Series of Poker's $10m (€8m) top prize.


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