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Sunday 17 December 2017

Two seizures of tobacco, cigs

Tobacco and cigarettes worth €11,000 have been seized in two separate operations at Shannon and Tralee.

Officers seized 18kg of rolling tobacco at Shannon Airport today in the luggage of an Irishman who had arrived on a flight from Tenerife.

The tobacco has an estimated retail value of around €7,000.

Meanwhile, a Latvian man in his 30s was questioned in connection with the seizure of 10,000 cigarettes at a house in Tralee, Co Kerry, which had been consigned from Germany to an address in Tralee.

They are estimated to have a retail value of over €4,600.

Crack mayor has tumour

Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who last year acknowledged using crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor," is believed to have a tumour in his abdomen, health officials said.

An official said Ford had been suffering from stomach pains for at least three months and they had worsened in the last 24 hours.

Ford (45), acknowledged using crack following months of denials.

The mayor returned to work in June after a rehab stint for drug and alcohol abuse and is running for re-election on October 27.

School changes Arab nickname

A California high school has changed its nickname from the Arabs to the Mighty Arabs and adopted a logo with a nobler image.

The Coachella Valley Unified School District governing board unanimously adopted the changes after months of pressure from Arab-American anti-discrimination groups.

"Dealing with the mascot issue has gone worldwide," Superintendent Daryl Adams said. "I'm glad to see that coming to an end."

Strictly punters tap in to show

Strictly Come Dancing professionals are to train members of the public to strut their stuff for a new BBC series.

Friends and family are being asked to nominate inspirational, everyday figures to be part of the BBC1 show, called The People's Strictly, which will be screened next year in the run-up to Comic Relief.

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