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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Man spared jail over kill threats

A man has been spared a jail term for threatening to kill a restaurant owner if she gave evidence against his brother.

Paul Donnelly (30), of Marrowbone Lane Flats, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Alice Yip at the Big White Takeaway on February 6, 2011.

He made the threats after his brother had been arrested for criminal damage to the premises.

The judge called it a "deeply stupid offence" but noted Donnelly had done it "out of a misguided sense of duty" to his sibling.

He imposed a two-year term and suspended it for two years.



Journalist held for Israel attack

Indian police say they have arrested a New Delhi journalist in connection with last month's bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat's wife in the capital.

Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said that a freelance journalist was arrested and was being questioned.

Israel has blamed Iran for the attack. Indian officials have declined to cast blame while the investigation continues.



Lincoln paper for sale at $35k

A rare document signed by President Abraham Lincoln found inside an old book is for sale and is expected to fetch $35,000 (¤26,600).

The sheet of paper signed by Lincoln and his entire cabinet was sold in 1864 as a donation from the president to benefit Civil War soldiers.

Only about five such documents are known to exist.



Reshuffle for Greece cabinet

Greece's coalition government has announced a cabinet reshuffle affecting the Development Ministry and two other posts.

Anna Diamantopoulou, a former European Union Commissioner, was named the development minister, replacing Michalis Chrysohoidis, who was moved to the public order portfolio. Respected academic Giorgos Bambiniotis was named the new minister of education.

The new ministers will be sworn in today. The government is expected to call a general election for late April.

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