Thursday 21 June 2018

Serial cigarette smuggler jailed

A Ukrainian woman caught smuggling cigarettes into Ireland for a fourth time has been jailed for 15 months.

Julia Khramova (34), of Poleberry, Waterford, pleaded guilty to evading duty on 12,400 cigarettes worth €4,833 at Dublin Airport on November 24, 2008.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Khramova had three previous convictions.

On January 12, 2005, Khramova was fined €500 for attempting to smuggle 26,400 cigarettes through Dublin Airport. She was given 120 hours community service for attempting to smuggle 16,400 cigarettes through Cork Airport on March 12, 2006 and fined €750 for attempting to smuggle 20,200 cigarettes through Cork Airport on December 17, 2008.

Tourists killed in Africa attack

A group of Europeans was caught up in a deadly attack by gunmen in Ethiopia, it emerged today.

Five foreign tourists were killed, five people kidnapped and two wounded in the incident in the country's arid north before dawn on Tuesday, reports said.

A UK Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a British national was involved."

It is understood that the Briton was not among those killed or kidnapped.

Radioactive raid at nuke plant

Radioactive material has been stolen from a nuclear power station on Egypt's Mediterranean coast. The station was the site of violent protests last week.

A safe containing radioactive material at the Dabaa nuclear power plant was seized while another safe containing radioactive material was broken open and part of its contents taken.

Families die as homes collapse

A decaying residential building has collapsed in a densely packed neighbourhood of Havana, Cuba, killing three people and injuring six.

The central Havana building, that was home to several families, crumbled on Tuesday night. Four of the injured were hospitalised.

Central Havana is full of aged structures, many of them considered dangerous and uninhabitable.

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