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News in brief: Army unit makes pipe bomb safe

Irish bomb experts dismantled a partially exploded pipe bomb outside the home of a Londonderry gun attack victim in Co Donegal early yesterday. The crude but viable device was discovered at the front door of the house in the rural townland of Transallagh on Monday night.

The house has been unoccupied since September 25 when a 26-year-old man from Derry was attacked by an armed gang. The Real IRA later claimed the attack.

PSNI aid Scottish police in body find

THE PSNI were last night liaising with police officers in Scotland after a man’s body was discovered along the Scottish coastline. The body was found on the Portpatrick shoreline yesterday. Officers from Northern Ireland were working with police from Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland. The PSNI said no further information was available at this time.

Banks reject Irish bailout scheme

BANK of Scotland (Ireland) and Halifax will not join the Irish government’s bank bailout scheme, the financial giant announced yesterday. The British-owned banking group said the rescue plan would not be in the best interests of its 100,000 customers in the Irish Republic. The company believes the Irish scheme is too restrictive. It was concerned about restrictions being placed on interest rates and the types of savings and loans accounts that could be offered.

Barman cheats death in 40ft fall

AN IRISH bar worker has cheated death after falling from the balcony of his third-floor Spanish apartment. Neighbours feared the worst for Shaun McGuckian after he plunged nearly 40ft onto the ground outside his flat in Majorca. But the 30-year-old, from Balbriggan, Co Dublin, amazed them by picking himself off the ground and talking to them as they waited for paramedics. Doctors in Palma are treating him for broken ribs and a cracked pelvis.

Theft from church was ‘sacrilege’

THE theft of a monstrance from a Co Down church was last night described as “sacrilege”. The item, which contained the Host, was taken from St Peter's Church in Warrenpoint on Tuesday. The Very Rev Canon John Kearney said the artefact was valuable and that the theft had left the parish stunned. “It has caused, certainly, a palpable sense of shock and sadness in the community,” he told the BBC.

Honeymoon period defined

THE honeymoon period is officially over two years, six months and 25 days into wedlock. This is according to a poll of 5,000 married couples, conducted by global research company

Texting on the increase

THE number of text messages sent by UK mobile phone users continues to soar, new figures show. Britons are sending 60m more text messages a day compared to last year, according to the Mobile Data Association.

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