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Teen stole €2k from house

A DUBLIN teen, who stole almost €2,000 worth of goods during a house break-in, is to be sentenced in January.

Judge John O'Connor said at the Dublin Children's Court he wanted to monitor how well the 15-year-old schoolboy behaves over the Christmas period before the case is finalised.

The boy (15), who is getting help for his drug problem, pleaded guilty to a burglary at Ashton Green, Swords in north Dublin on the afternoon of October 7 last year.

Judge O'Connor ordered the teen, who was accompanied to court by his mother, to appear again on January 15 for sentencing.

Soldier had nail bomb in home

A British soldier with an interest in far-right politics has been jailed for two years for making a viable nail bomb in his home.

Police found the bomb last November when they searched Ryan McGee's home in the greater Manchester area in northwest England.

He was sentenced yesterday for making the explosive device with 181 metal screws and bits of glass.

The 20-year-old was an active soldier preparing for deployment in Germany when he was arrested.

Germany signs Blackberry deal

Germany has approved BlackBerry's purchase of encryption firm Secusmart after signing a "no-spy" agreement with the Canadian smartphone maker.

Duesseldorf-based Secusmart provides special smartphones to German government officials that are meant to be safe from eavesdropping. Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that BlackBerry has provided Germany with assurances that it isn't required to pass any confidential data to other governments.

Plea to end dog and cat eating

An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages.

Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group Sos Chats Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3pc of the population still eat cat and dog.