News in BriefFriday 11 March 2016 15.50
Drugs worth €35,000 seized in Galway
Revenue Officers seized drugs with an estimated street value of €35,000 in a house in Galway City yesterday.
In a joint operation with the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, cocaine, ecstasy tablets, MDMA powder and herbal cannabis were uncovered.
A 32-year-old man was arrested and is being held at Galway Garda Station.
Russia says UN Syria envoy must include Kurds in talks
Russia believes the United Nations peace mediator on Syria should take a decision on including ethnic Kurds in Syria peace talks.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said holding the peace talks without the participation of Kurds would be a "demonstration of weakness" by the international community.
15 killed in torrential rains in Brazil
Torrential rains overnight killed at least 15 people in the Brazilian economic capital Sao Paulo, rescue workers said.
A landslide buried 13 of the victims, while two others drowned in the floodwaters, the rescue service said on its official Twitter account.
Police in Spain seize contraband tobacco worth €14m
Spanish police have seized a record 88 tonnes of contraband tobacco, the equivalent of over eight million packets of cigarettes, the government said.
The tobacco was found in several warehouses in the provinces of Jaen and Almeria in the southern region of Andalucia and it had a street value of €14m, the finance ministry said in a statement.
Police detained six people who are suspected of chopping up the tobacco to make cigarettes and then selling it over the internet.