THE other night in the pub in the quiet seaside village of Courtmacsherry (in September, it returns to its native peace) we had young Brian O’Donovan tell us about what he and his brother Barry, joint skippers of their trawler Sea Venture, caught in their nets a few nights before. He made a great job of the telling. The item wasn’t exactly nature, although it was encrusted with nature. It was a World War II mine.
Sri Lankan air force jets and artillery pounded Tamil Tiger rebel positions in the country’s north and east for a second day today, peace monitors said ahead of a mass funeral for 64 people killed a bus bombing blamed on the insurgents.
Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service denied as “baseless” Pentagon claims that Moscow provided information to Saddam Hussein’s regime on US troop movements and plans during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, in the latest spat in an increasingly tense bilateral relationship.