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Friday 15 December 2017

Ten years for having drugs

A Dublin man with a previous drugs conviction has been sent back to jail for ten years after he was found with almost €28,000 of cannabis herb, cocaine and heroin in his home and car.

Paul Mooney (27) had been on temporary release from a five-year sentence for possessing €70,000 of drugs when patrolling gardai spotted him sitting in the dark in his car with another man.

Det Gda Colm Reynolds said when he and his colleague approached the car, something was thrown from the driver's side. Mooney was in the passenger seat and had over €2,000 cash in his hand.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing a total €27,900 of drugs in sports bags in his home at Ring Street, Inchicore on December 8, 2012.

Bomb attacks leave 35 dead

Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city killing 35 people.

A further 150 others also sustained various degrees of injuries in the blasts in the city Kano, State Deputy Police Commissioner Sanusi Lemu said. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon in a region terrorised by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram.

Pope's IS plea to Muslims

Pope Francis has urged muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighbouring Turkey for a delicate visit aimed at improving inter-faith ties.

Francis reaffirmed that military force was justified to halt the Islamic State group's advance, and called for greater dialogue between Christians, Muslims and people of all faiths to end fundamentalism.

Israel appoints defence chief

Israeli defence officials say a career officer with deep experience battling Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon has been selected as the country's next military chief.

Maj. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot is Israel's deputy military chief. He has held key posts during a three-decade career, including the military's head of operations, and West Bank commander.

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