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Remanded on drug charges

A DUBLIN man who was allegedly found with large quantities of cannabis following a raid by gardai has been remanded on bail.

Wayne Comiskey (24) was ordered to surrender his passport and to sign on at his local garda station.

The defendant, of Belclare Park in Ballymun, appeared at Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of cannabis, and having the drug for sale or supply.

The alleged incident took place at Hampton Wood Green in Finglas on July 16.



Child abuse

action in Chile

Chile's president announced measures to combat child abuse, following an outcry over an increase in reports of such crimes.

The government banned convicted paedophiles from working near children last month under a new law that also requires those convicted of sexually abusing minors or of child pornography to be registered on a database.

President Sebastian Pinera said Chile would toughen penalties on convicted paedophiles.



Israel blames

Iran for bomb

Israel vowed to strike back at Iran for a brazen daylight bombing that killed at least seven people on a bus full of tourists in Bulgaria.

The bombing was the latest in a series of attacks blamed on Iran that have targeted Israelis and Jews overseas and threatened to escalate a shadow war between the two countries.

The blast destroyed the bus at the airport in the quiet Black Sea resort city of Burgas, 250 miles east of Sofia.

Iran has denied involvement in the past but did not comment on the latest attack.



Court denies

Gilligan request

THE Special Criminal Court has made no order regarding an application by convicted drug dealer John Gilligan to review the transcript of the sentence hearing where a six-month sentence was imposed on him for the possession of a mobile phone in court.

He was originally sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2001 after being convicted of the importation and possession of cannabis resin.